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

Taiwanese cook makes amazing replicas of Japanese characters out of food

Sure, you can do a pretty good doodle of Gudetama, but can you make Gudetama gyoza?

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We did battle with this two-foot tall parfait at Kanariya in Osaka…and finished it!

There is no such thing as “too much parfait” for the SoraNews24 team.

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This famous Princess Mononoke scene took almost two years to draw by hand!?【Video】

A scene like this is probably one of the bigger reasons many modern animators go with CG.

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Win Cardcaptor Sakura cosmetics in the Bandai Spirits lottery!

Bandai Spirits will make you spend all of your money to win these Cardcaptor Sakura goods.

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Hello Kitty’s Retouch Design Series pumps up the 1970’s nostalgia

 

Who knew that Hello Kitty could stay so cute at 45 years old?

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Uniqlo teams up with Alexander Wang for a stylish Heat Tech collection

As the days get colder, this winning combo will help you stay trendy and toasty.

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Tokyo holds event where you can ride a Ferris wheel with the hunk of your dreams

“Yeah, I rode a Ferris wheel with him once,” you can now say after attending this swoon-worthy event.

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Shrine cat takes a nap in a Zen garden【Photos】

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: cats rule the world. Maybe that even includes the spiritual world?

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We got a circus show-girl makeover at Studio Esperanto in Kyoto 【Photos】

Do you want to be glamorous for a day? Studio Esperanto can help with that!

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Giant Buddhist pagoda and Kannon statue in Fukuoka Prefecture look like a theme park

We’ve seen some big Kannon statues before, but this one takes the Zen cake.

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This eco-friendly fish tank and planter uses fish poop to feed your plants

Enjoy the circle of life in your own home.

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World celebrates ninja manga Naruto’s 18th anniversary with “Naruto Runs”

It may sound like a joke, but it sure brings fans together.

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Top 20 castles to visit in Japan in 2017

Experience Japanese history through castles both intact and…not intact.

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Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom to include awesome save and replay features 【Video】

Those “Man, I should have saved my game before this boss!” days are no more with Nintendo’s new system.

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Japanese stationery company creates dissolving marriage certificate with water-resistant ink

Oddly romantic gift, or hilarious April Fool’s Day prank? You decide.

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Street Fighter II and UBIQ collab shoes put some extra kick in your step

Who needs a plain old Street Fighter II t-shirt when you could have shoes instead?

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YouTube channel starring 71-year-old Korean grandma is a big hit 【Video】

Yeah, your grandma is cool, but does she have a YouTube channel with over 290,000 subscribers?

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Muji creates Muji Cola with no added sugar and a unique taste

This isn’t your typical Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola drink.

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Japanese YouTubers crash Night Pool event by actually swimming 【Video】

People are getting angry at us for actually swimming!

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Does this instant “Japanese” soup from France really taste Japanese? We find out

Authentic or a knock off? Let’s find out.

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