Katy Kelly

Katy has been enamored with Japan since she was a kid in Cheshire, England watching Digimon on old VHS tapes. Later, when she got into the Japanese independent music scene, she discovered it was so hard to learn anything about her favorite bands in English that she may as well start studying Japanese. After a year abroad at university in Tokyo she decided to return and work in the Kansai area, where she achieved minor superstardom amongst elementary and middle school students for knowing how to draw Crayon Shin-chan when prompted. In her free time, Katy can be found at home, tracking down the latest chocolate mint additions to stores and studying Japanese while her enormous tuxedo cat tries to smother her. She also does part-time translation for her own benefit, which mostly means researching the minutiae of mobile games or reading manga before anyone can spoil them for her. http://moonlitemuseum.tumblr.com

All Stories by Katy Kelly

Twintail Day 2019: A round-up of the cutest pig-tailed snaps on Japan’s social media

Grab your most fashionable hair ties and strike a doe-eyed pose, it’s time to enjoy the best of this year’s Twintail Day!

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Studying kids from a Japanese publishing logo break free, go on adventure by reading books

Shogakukan’s studying children leap out of their logo and find an endless fantasy world waiting for them. Get reading, kids!

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Japanese kids can get boo-boos treated by augmented reality anime characters in Bandai-d form

These Bandai band-aids come with an app that lets Super Sentai or PreCure characters wish away the pain. Aww!

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Children’s anime PreCure features magical girl actually giving birth to a child in series finale

Hugtto! PreCure’s final episode has aired, and only truly draws to a close after we see the protagonist as an adult screaming in labor pain.

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Inuyasha manga author Rumiko Takahashi nets prestigious French award, gets “weird” French praise

Takahashi was awarded the 2019 Grand Prix at France’s Angoulême Festival, but fans in her native Japan were confused by how her work was framed.

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Japanese Twitter user extols benefits of marrying someone you follow on Twitter

Could Twitter be the place to prove your romantic compatibility? One user shares his story.

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JR West teams up with Hello Kitty to clad its Kansai Special Rapid train in kawaii decals

Ride from Kansai Airport to Kyoto in a colorful Kitty train cabin!

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Japanese woman finds creepy secret in Tokyo Disney snaps, only takes her 18 years

Ever gone rifling through old photographs, only to find a freaky character staring at you? This Disney fan has.

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Japanese netizens scurry to leave comments on possible Tokyo Banksy rat graffiti

Japan took to the Internet to share memes, get cheesed off over politics and chew over the big question: how old is this rat sketch, anyway?

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Beloved Japanese paper craft wizard turns cookie box into a gorgeous sculpture

Once you’re done with your cookies, you can always take a knife to the box and turn it into a beautiful clock tower.

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Starbucks Japan gets ready for Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped check boxes

Love is in the air, and the Starbucks paper cup is reflecting it with Valentine’s style boxes for syrup, milk, decaf and everything else!

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Japanese netizens list their top 10 choices for ’90s anime remakes — What’s your pick?

Now that we’re two decades on from the ’90s, what shows would you like to see receive a modern day make-over?

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This gorgeous, handmade One Piece clock light has TikTok fans putting their hands up【Video】

The clock, made by a Chinese TikTok user, lights up and contains intricate overlays of Luffy, his friends and the emblematic anime ship.

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Clash of the Coffees! What was our number 1 Starbucks Frappucino for 2018?

2018 brought us a whole host of delicious iced drinks, but what was the firm Frappucino favorite in our office?

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We use the Seishun 18 Ticket to travel from Japan to Korea by ferry

Now you can take a budget trip to Korea and enjoy all the sights, smells and sounds; without breaking the bank to get there!

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We’re utterly stumped by this kids’ Spot the Difference Puzzle from a Japanese family restaurant

Our reporter challenges the Dark Souls of children’s mealtime entertainment, and enters a twisted maze of interrogations to find the answer.

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Annual New Year’s post dash in Japan looks like a scene from a blockbuster film【Video】

Every year, dedicated post office workers hop on their scooters to deliver a nation’s New Year’s cards, and it’s so much fun to watch!

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We score another fukubukuro lucky bag from Baskin Robbins Japan with bonus Snoopy【Photos】

Even more of the super cute ice cream theme products, but a sprinkle of Peanuts just makes it all the sweeter!
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Krispy Kreme puts up a New Year’s line of donuts and we’re ready to scarf them down

Glitzy red and gold decor, plus boar and snowman shapes. These donuts will start your year off sweet!

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Learn how to do Japanese New Year’s the right way and avoid bad luck

These six New Year’s taboos mean you’ll be doing a lot less cooking, fighting and random spending at the start of the year.

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