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

Mr. Sato shows us what happens when you try to cook rice with only eggs 【SoraKitchen】

It seems like a good idea in theory, but how will it play out?

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We try a palace-style bathhouse in Chiba (tattoos ok)!

Experience Versailles for just a few hundred yen (well, sort of).

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Japanese Twitter completely enthralled by a cricket-powered toy car【Video】

What do you get when you combine a love of toy cars with a love of bugs? This amazing toy.

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We tried “brain-flavored” zombie ramen from Hokkaido, with surprising results!

What better way to commemorate your visit to Hokkaido than with a bowl of brains?

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Our Japanese-language reporter has fun with a toilet paper gun, but finds two clear drawbacks

Why stick to boring old BB guns and water guns?

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Dog’s change in expression when offered a strawberry melts hearts 【Photos】

This is the definition of “puppy eyes.”

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We made a Pikachu shake at Baskin Robbins with hilarious yet tragic results

Someone free them, please!

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Detective Pikachu plush arrives in mysterious packaging【Photos, video】

That’s one way to package things, we guess.

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Japanese city creates giant bread bed photo spot for limited time

Because who hasn’t dreamed of sleeping on a giant piece of bread before?

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Village Vanguard releases adorable cat motif gaming earphones!

Hear everything going on in your game or music purr-fectly.

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Japanese company offers working space for just 100 yen per hour in downtown Tokyo

Whether you’re visiting Japan on business, working remotely, or just need a quick phone charge, this is definitely something you’ll want to take advantage of.

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Kind Japanese bus driver fulfills child’s dream to push the button

Japanese bus drivers, bringing smiles to children’s faces one button at a time.

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The Ryokan Tokyo Yugawara offers a unique writer’s retreat with a luxurious onsen

This is one of the most relaxing ways to get over writer’s block we’ve ever heard of.

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Adorable kitten becomes growling demon for delicious Japanese snack【Video】

A snack so delicious, you’ll wonder what’s inside that makes your cat insane.

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Simulation and helpful illustrations show the terrifying power of a one-meter tsunami 【Video】

Anything less than your height might not seem like a big deal, but trust us, it is.

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Japanese dad has heartwarming and creative solution to son’s bad morning

We wish our dads treated us like this when we didn’t want to go to school, too.

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South Korea’s Honey Butter Mix Nuts snack has us totally addicted

What do you get when you put sweet, salty, and nutty together in one snack? Pure addiction.

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Goat added as official member to Japanese idol group

An idol’s got to do what an idol’s goat to do.

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Japanese Twitter user gets help from Thomas the Tank Engine for cooling drinks 【Video】

Toys aren’t just for kids – they can also make our lives easier.

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So what does Japan’s new Lawson Tomato Latte drink taste like? We tried it out!

Does tomato plus milk equals deliciousness?

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