Shannon McNaught

Shannon is originally from New Hampshire in the USA, the land of lots of trees and moose. A love of Japanese music inspired her to study Japanese, and after a year of study abroad during university, she decided to move to Tokyo in 2014. She’s been working, rocking out, and exploring Japan ever since. Shannon currently works as an English teacher and freelance translator. She also manages her own Visual kei news site (linked below). Despite having a wealth of knowledge about more recent music, her ultimate favorite bands tend to hail from the 90’s. Shannon will be happy if you give her tea, pizza, or a cat.

All Stories by Shannon McNaught

Survey ranks Japanese prefectures by how much people want to continue living there

Spoiler: the most popular prefecture is also the largest.

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Mr. Sato meets a familiar friend in this electronics lucky bag from Akihabara 【Photos】

It’s not déjà vu, Mr. Sato; it’s just luck.

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We bought the Mister Donut Pokémon lucky bag, and here’s what we got! 【Photos】

This was probably the best purchase we made at the end of 2019.

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Hello Kitty and Doraemon collaboration merch ends the year adorably!【Photos】

It’s the best of both worlds – and it’s super cute!

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We cooked Japan’s 2,000-yen mail-order Ramen of the Year, but was it worth it?【Taste test】

If you’re a die-hard ramen fan, you’ll understand our need to find the truth.

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Japanese office snack service begins offering vegan and gluten-free options

Snacking just became a little easier for some workers thanks to one company.

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Official website for Pokémon PON hanko stamps is now open!

Creating your own Pokémon PON stamp is so much easier with this new website!

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Japanese mother creates life-size cardboard cutout of herself to soothe her child 【Pics & Video】

Parents can and will go to great lengths to get some shred of (quiet) privacy.

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Japanese crane game serves up actual slices of cake – and we got some!【Photos】

Forget about stuffed animals and candy bars – now it’s time for gourmet prizes!

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12-year-old Japanese student makes amazing stop-motion animations【Videos】

Most 12-year-olds are probably just starting to try drawing their own manga, but this girl is a full-on animator.

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We visited Tokyo’s Frozen II collab cafe and may have enjoyed it more than the movie 【Photos】

Get the inside scoop on Anna’s bittersweet dish!

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Japanese students and samurai in the spotlight for Guinness World Records Day 【Videos】

In Japan, children and adults alike are achieving amazing things.

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Mr. Sato warms an egg in his armpit for a delicious Japanese dish【SoraKitchen】

This may be the easiest recipe we’ve ever attempted…and maybe the grossest too?

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We try to guess all of the pieces in Spain’s “Candy Sushi”

Can you guess all of the types of sushi? (Spoiler: we couldn’t.)

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Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu lashes out at Shibuya Halloween partiers

Someone doesn’t think blasting EDM in the streets is a good pon pon wei to celebrate Halloween.

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Pokémon Cafe releases limited-time Pokémon Starter menu ahead of Sword and Shield release

Which Starter will you have for your starter?

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Rock star Yoshiki donates 10 million yen to relief from Typhoon Hagibis

Yoshiki continues to lend a helping hand to the community.

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Yoshikitty celebrates 10th birthday by becoming a solid gold figurine

Maybe we should all celebrate our birthday like Yoshikitty.

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Japanese pizza chain releases spooky Zombie Pizzas for Halloween

Aoki’s Pizza is back at it again with their annual zombie pizza.

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Japan to release a Complimenting Card Game through crowdfunding

Boost your Japanese level and your motivation.

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