Master Blaster

Writer / Translator

Master Blaster is the two-man translating team of Canada’s Steven Le Blanc and Japan’s Masami M, a pair who in addition to writing work are in English education and created the StudyNow app for Japanese students of English.

Together they have written somewhere around 1,500 articles for RocketNews24 covering such diverse topics as Chinese men selling sanitary napkins to each other and a Japanese guy dragging an ear of corn around the Tokyo train system. A few of these were actually good, but don’t take our word for it! Here’s what our beloved readers had to say:

“One isn't always in the mood for bold tastes. But when I'm in the mood for bold flavor I turn to you.”
“Stupid article. Who cares what the Japanese think it's cool. You don't call a monkey, "gorilla".”
“You know, this is about the most cogent explanation of how a turbocharger works that I have ever seen in the non-motorsports world.”
“Thanks for the article peter!”
“It's people like you who make exploitation possible.”
“It looks yummy and the story was great. Thank you for the smile.”

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All Stories by Master Blaster

Century-old station in Kyushu faithfully restored to original condition, Starbucks added

Starbucks aside, you can really get a feel for the Taisho era in this newly reopened landmark.

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In search of the mysterious “Space Station” on a remote mountain in Yamaguchi Prefecture

The truth is out there.

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Japanese artist and cat make bamboo guitar that serves nagashi somen noodles on hot summer days

Gives new meaning to “noodling around on the guitar.”

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A tale on the etiquette of using Japan’s plastic umbrella covers

Our reporter gets a rude surprise while trying to ethically sheathe his umbrella.

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Japanese online fashion retailer Zozotown develops foot-scanning tech for perfect-fitting shoes

But can they get it right this time?

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Major Japanese restaurant chain introducing bamboo straws to help reduce plastic and save forests

It’s a double whammy of environmental friendliness.

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Freaky two-foot long ribbon worm grabs limelight during strange creature competition in Japan

Although knocked out of the competition, the wrinkle ribbon worm of the Antarctic has made its presence felt.

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Lone slug disables 26 trains in Kyushu for one hour

It would probably be feeling pretty good about itself right now if it hadn’t died in the process.

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Japanese netizens confused by sign that boasts “on-the-spot change back with any cash purchase”

Finally, no more having to go on riddle-filled quests in order to get your change.

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Consumer Reports: Do these workout shirts really show too much nipple?

We search for the truth behind the alleged excessive nipple exposure of tank tops sold by Arkkil.

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Man in Fukuoka arrested for shoplifting a 49-inch TV weighing 12 kilos

A 27-inch would have been way easier, but he just got greedy.

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X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for having dinner with Jackie Chan

For a drummer, he really doesn’t have the best timing in the world.

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Tokyo’s Haneda Airport comes out with handy “Walking Curry” for those on the go

Combines the savory satisfaction of a curry dish with the convenience of a cup of coffee.

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Tokyo apologizes for accidentally promoting child abuse

Mascot’s assigned task of “Child Abuse Promotion” went unnoticed for months.

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Major retailer in Japan announces it will be “cumming soon”

TMI, Aeon…TMI.

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Optical illusion makes Japanese mascot move before our eyes without actually moving a pixel

Peopo-kun’s here to remind us how tragically naive our brains are.

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Japanese Disney fanatic impresses Will Smith with just one interview question

When you wish upon a movie star….

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Meatless Vegetable Burgers on sale at select Freshness Burgers in Japan【Taste test】

They really push the limits of what you would call a “burger”, but we try one anyway.

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Kumamoto mascot Kumamon’s chance of being Olympic torch runner in jeopardy

Organizing committee seems to have a problem with a huge clumsy bear running around with an open flame.

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Otter mascot character Shinjo-kun kicks butt at Street Fighter tournament in full costume【Video】

Bubble-headed mammal quickly becoming the darling of Japanese pro-gaming.

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