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

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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This beautiful video displays two very different sides of Japan【Video】

Japan’s diversity of culture and landscape is encapsulated in just three minutes.

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We visit “Bonchi,” a super-size gourmet restaurant in Yamanashi Prefecture

This restaurant will challenge even the most massive of appetites.

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Lipton to release Sakura Milk Tea for cherry blossom season!

Sakura season is just around the corner, and Lipton will help you prepare.

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Evangelion Store popularity contest reveals surprising results for a former fan favorite

When the popularity of an Evangelion pilot falls, apparently it falls fast.

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Japan makes card game to help kids raise disaster prevention awareness

How do you get kids interested in natural disaster preparedness? With a game, of course.

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Japanese soccer team receives worldwide praise for behavior at Asian Cup

Japan may have lost the match, but they got brownie points for something not related to athletic skill.

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Surprising amount of Japanese people find going to see their friend’s new baby annoying

Childbirth may have been a big deal for you, but it’s not necessarily for everyone else.

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Capybaras celebrate winter in luxurious mikan bath【Photos】

Hot springs aren’t only for humans.

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Uncle and netizens confused about child’s low grade on math assignment

Have you ever had a teacher this strict?

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