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

Sailor Moon yukata kimono line will keep you breezy and beautiful in the Japanese summer heat

As the temperatures climb, there’s just one team of glamorous superheroines who can save us from the summer heat. Moon Crystal Power Dress Up!

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Tokyo Pokémon Cafe has a new Tropical Sweets line, so we head back to try it for ourselves【Pics】

We took a tropical trip to the balmy shores of Nihonbashi, Tokyo to experience the local Poké-culture and taste the bright, beastly cuisine. Alola!

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Japanese hair stylist chops and snips a tiny doll’s hair to a chic new ‘do【Video】

This salon worker is renowned for trimming hair into stylish bobs and short styles, but his miniature doll makeover is something special!

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Man’s lottery success disintegrates in the wash, Japanese netizens commiserate

“Your one chance to win the jackpot slid down the drain?!” What would you do in this nightmare scenario?
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Locked and blocked! Japanese people don’t trust others on social media, survey finds

Japanese social media users are more wary about opening their hearts online compared to other countries — but why?

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Grumpy Man’s Guide to Tokyo Disney: A bitter ex-fan shares his side of the 35th anniversary gala

Can faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust rekindle P.K Sanjun’s love of Disney? Here’s his experience of the 35th anniversary festivities.
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Hello Kitty adds Japanese exorcism to her work repertoire, Twitter baffled and amused

Is there anything Kitty can’t do? She can spiritually purify your house or room with salt now, so tell your ghost stories without fear of retribution!
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“Hair Extension Bangs” from a 100-yen store: A bargain to beautify the bald and bereft

Our reporter heads to the discount store in hopes of glamming up his forehead, and shares the whole process in glorious GIF form.
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Real life Baby Driver! Taxi driver speeds Japanese Twitter user’s pregnant wife to hospital

Anyone would be excited for the birth of their own child, but this taxi driver elevated the special event into a scene worthy of an action movie.

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Your Name animator creates even more phenomenal art for upcoming Pokémon movie

You’ll want to zoom in on this picture to catch all the delicate details.

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Tokyo Disney Resort’s 35th anniversary show gala sends us on a magical journey【Photos】

Our Japanese-language reporter laughed, danced and was moved to tears by the Disney-standard quality shown off in their new theme park lineup.
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Moral Japanese poem doubles as a damning indictment of unaware Twitter trolls

Take a deep look inside and ask yourself: do you sound like the type of person described in this poem?
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Twitter user plays God with unholy cat and Roomba fusion

Some Twitter users just want to watch the world burn. Others want their personal vacuum cleaner to have an unnerving cat’s head atop it at all times.
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Flex and pose your way to fitness with the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure exercise program!【Video】

These stylish anime stretches are just the thing to beat that early morning lethargy!

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Pretty Cure’s latest movie clip stars 55 sparkly magical girls from the anime franchise【Video】

The latest movie from Toei Animation’s PreCure series showcases every single magical heroine from the series’ 14-year run. Let’s get dancing!

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Mr. Sato travels five hours to the Oki Islands to make amends for a 17-year grievance【Photos】

SoraNews24’s Mr. Sato did something unthinkable in the past, but now he’s going to travel by air and sea to make it right again.

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Bizarre pyramid hot spring in Japan combines Egyptian aesthetics with onsen relaxation

You’ve never experienced the power of the pyramid while soaking at the hot springs? Head to Tochigi to rectify that.

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Tokyo Legoland Discovery Center apologizes for blocking deaf patrons from theme park

Tokyo Legoland Discovery Center bricked themselves into an uncomfortable corner when it comes to disability rights, and has issued a formal apology.

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Japanese newlyweds can order a special wedding service that won’t leave a dry eye in the house

The MemoReplay is an extraordinary custom wedding performance that guarantees no guest will forget this special day. Bring a handkerchief!

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