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

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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Seiko makes limited number of Godzilla watches for 65th anniversary

What’s the time, you ask? Time for destruction.

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We took advantage of Burger King’s Whopper Jr. sale in an extreme way

We wouldn’t be SoraNews24 if we didn’t push the limits.

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Ichiran Ramen to open high-class and pricey “Ginza Ichiran” this month

Your average Ichiran Ramen just won’t do for this luxurious Tokyo neighborhood.

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Morinaga Milk Industry unveils Japan’s first mayonnaise-flavored ice cream!

Rich in eggs, flavor, and calories.

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Ramen Bankara unveils their heartwarming and stomach-filling “Strong Ramen!”

For days when the traditional tonkotsu ramen just won’t cut it.

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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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