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

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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We try a Family Mart Frappe produced by a former SMAP member

Layer upon layer of flavor brings you to cheesecake bliss.

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Tokyo hotel hosts cat exhibit with over 3,000 cat-related art pieces!

Now’s your chance to see how much Japan has loved cats since the Heian Period.

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Dog valiantly saves owner from an uncomfortable prank 【Video】

This dog will keep you out of harm’s way and out of embarrassment’s way.

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Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts designer shop to open in Osaka for a limited time!

You can take home the magic of Hogwarts with you right from Osaka.

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Minds blown by wire art that shows transition to from old Japanese era to new【Video】

This creative depiction of Japan’s new era will play tricks on your mind and your eyes.

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Enjoy beautiful Japanese snacks and tea at Saryo Fukucha in Kyoto

Japanese sweets and teas every bit as elegant and colorful as Kyoto itself.
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Viewing Yokohama cherry blossoms on a stand up paddle board!

How do you find the best views of riverside sakura? In the river.
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Real-world music shop from K-On! anime closes its doors, but the music isn’t ending

If this particular anime pilgrimage spot was on your bucket list, you won’t be able to cross it off anymore (well, at least in its original location).

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Makeup artist transforms herself into amazing likenesses of famous oil paintings, celebrities

Why use a regular old canvas when you can recreate masterpieces on your own face?

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Restaurant in Ibaraki Prefecture serves up tripe stew in an unconventional dish

Why waste your time spooning tripe stew into dishes when you can just pour it out?

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Lupicia to release special tea blends based on Studio Ghibli films!

Lupicia’s back at it again with their amazingly cute Ghibli collabs!

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“Rabbits are liquid?” Escape artist bunny breaks free of its cage in Japan【Video】

It turns out rabbits are pretty small under all that fluff.

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Going to Disney with someone who has experienced “Disney Trauma”

Not everyone loves Disney at first, but there is still hope.

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