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

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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This isn’t a Harry Potter photo – it’s an incredible colored pencil portrait from a Japanese fan!

Even magic couldn’t make this picture look any better.

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Thief steals brake handles, control panel, and more from train in Shizuoka

Has your train ever been stopped because there was literally no brakes in it?

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Muji Ginza’s freshly baked bread is our new favorite thing

Fresh bread at Muji for under 100 yen (US$0.91)? Insanity.

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There’s a Corgi cafe in Thailand and it looks just like heaven【Photos】

Fulfill your fantasy of being bombarded by a pack of Corgis.

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Zara’s new woven sandals resemble traditional Japanese footwear, turn heads in Japan

Is it just a coincidence that these shoes resemble traditional Japanese footwear so closely?

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Kyoto’s famous Gion Festival celebrates its 1150th anniversary with…crowdfunding?

You have the chance to contribute to this festival’s 1,150th anniversary.

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Our honest review of Family Mart’s new bite-sized Pokechiki chicken

Could this new lineup possibly be better than Famichiki?

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