Michelle Hughes sugoimiro

Like most Americans of a particular age, afternoon showings of Sailor Moon and DBZ on Cartoon Network are what first piqued Michelle Hughes' interest in Japan. Following a mind-bendlingly rigorous course of Japanese language studies at The Ohio State University and many an afternoon spent being laughed at for her (temporarily) pathetic language skills by the adorable elementary school-aged Japanese children she tutored, Michelle has finally achieved the dream: translating and writing about the wild, wonderful, and occasionally wacky place that is Japan and its surrounding neighbors. An avid traveler, language enthusiast, poet, writer, reader, singer, runner, Pinterest addict, and eater - Michelle does it all and she occasionally writes about it on her personal blog My Rainbow Hearts. She also translates anime song lyrics as a hobby. Check out her "Japan Bucket List" board on Pinterest by searching for Sugoi Miro.

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Godzilla x Evangelion: Eva Unit-02 gets a shot of “G” cells

As if Evangelion on its own isn’t enough to give you nightmares and mess with your id…

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Going from experiment to experience: Non-Korean K-pop boy band EXP heads to Korea!

The world is still trying to figure out if you need at least one Korean person in your band for it to qualify as K-pop.

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Pokémon Moon is keeping it a little too real with the descriptions…

Encountering Pokémon in real life via Pokemon GO is cool. Lapras on the edge of extinction due to poaching? Not so much.

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This Japanese Ultraman temple block will help you cast off all worldly desires!

It’ll cost you about $10,000, but surely Nirvana is worth it.

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Simply gorgeous: Japanese artist uses sea salt to bring these sea creatures to life

Artist Mai Hirashima uses an unusual technique to create these inspired pictures.

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Looks are deceiving when it comes to these backpacks from anello, the new hot-item bags in Japan

The storage capacity of the popular anello bags seems to rival that of Mary Poppins’ magic bag!

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Beloved manga Bleach comes to an end and fans are grieving

Awww, but it was just starting to get good!

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Tasty or Tacky? This doll’s dress is what’s for dinner

If you thought Lady Gaga’s version was gimmicky, wait until you get a load of this!

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Naruto’s favorite noodle shop Ichiraku Ramen is real, and we just visited it!

We went to Fukuoka to find out just how tasty the noodles really are at the shop made famous in the manga.

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Toy Story’s Little Green Men have invaded a popular Tokyo Disney summer treat

It’s a limited-time alien takeover!

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Soy Shape saucers add a third dimension to your sushi experience

These dishes make playing with your food look classy and intelligent.

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Wagakki Band breathes life into the Olympics with “Kishikaisei”

Maybe Wagakki Band will open Tokyo 2020!

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Awash in the lights and colors of traditional Japan at Meguro Gajoen’s brilliant summer event

The second year of this event at the famous Meguro Gajoen in Tokyo promises to be even better than last year!

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The world’s first smart umbrella is the last umbrella you’ll ever lose!

The “Fantastick” Mr. Jonas is a real keeper!

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Hot dudes and hot noodle soup: Cup Noodles launches a sexy new campaign

Are the (ra)men as hot as these pictures make them look?

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Are you nuts for noodles? If so, this Ramen Chart is for you!

Eating over 100 bowls of ramen in Japan in less than 6 months has turned Fanny Chu into a ramen connoisseur.

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Square Enix announces RPG “Cosmos Rings” for the Apple Watch

Is there finally a good reason to buy an Apple Watch?

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Tokyo Disney’s first fashion dolls make their debut!

These pics make us wish we were at Cinderella’s castle, too!

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Hello, Hello Kitty Café! It’s about time we got some kawaii here in the US!

If this isn’t a good enough reason for you to make your way over to the Golden State, nothing will ever be!

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Chrono Cross opening “The Scars of Time” played on the Otamatone is equal parts majestic, bizarre

Does this mean there could be an Otamatone section next to the violins in the orchestra soon?

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