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

Limited time Your Name anime-themed cafes to open in Tokyo and Nagoya in January! [Pics]

There’s just something about seeing your favorite anime movie scenes take the form of delicious food that makes you want to go back again and again.

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Welcome the New Year with a calendar of hunky Japanese farmers 【Pics】

If this is what Japanese farmers look like, you can stick me on a train to the nearest country town.

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Holiday screening of “Your Name” in Japan allows singing, cheering, and cosplay!

Laugh, cry, sing, and scream along with everyone at all of the plot twists and turns (even though we all know what’s going to happen)!

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Japanese man loses one sandal, another Japanese man finds one sandal

Twitter once again makes us realize that it’s a small world after all.

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Why appetizers are giving tourists and restaurant owners in Japan a headache

It may seem like a way to rip you off, but it’s actually a delicious aspect of Japanese restaurant culture.

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DIY-ers in Japan find awesome and adorable ways to recycle denim jeans 【Pics】

Just because your jeans don’t fit anymore doesn’t mean they belong in the trash!

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This cat has a super cute reaction to Japanese owner’s beckoning hands 【Video】

“Here, kitty, kitty- oh. I wasn’t expecting that.”

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This cat ear motorcycle helmet makes for a purr-fect biker accessory

Put on this helmet and you’ll be yelling, “Can’t catch me meow!”

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12 totally addictive and appetizing convenience store sweets

All you have to do is head down the street to get these delectable treats!

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Indian dance group creates amazing original cover of PPAP

This is one of the most hypnotizing covers we’ve seen yet.

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Thomas the Tank Engine in Ramune candy form is actually pretty terrifying 【Pics】

If you or your child is a Thomas fan, you might want to look away.

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Japanese mascot from Aomori absolutely kills it on the drums

Have you ever seen a mascot play drums? I bet you’d never expect one to be this awesome at it.

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Sailor Chibi Moon’s Stallion Rêve transforms into a super cute accessory case!

Use its powers to actually communicate with Pegasus! Or just put your necklaces inside…

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Japan’s Awaji Island holds a beauty contest that will leave you in tears

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder…or, should we say, the knife holder.

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Japanese commenters hypothesize the source of a Goomba’s Killer Touch

Is Mario a total wimp, or do Goombas have something hidden up their sleeves? Oh, wait…

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Japan to release stamps so cute you’ll want to cuddle your mail!

These stamps may even make overdue bill statements seem less threatening.

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Things that often happen in manga that don’t happen in real life

We’ve come to accept most of the oddities we see in manga and anime, but have you ever wondered just how much of it is, well, unrealistic?

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Tokyo 7-Eleven employee dresses up as oden with hilarious results

One 7-Eleven in Tokyo is advertising their seasonal products in a clever and hilarious way!

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McDonald’s Japan to introduce a super cheap Value Lunch menu

Satisfy your midday McDonald’s cravings without breaking the bank!

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Day in the life of unusual Japanese fashion trends: Our writer wears her bra over her shirt

Will people really think you’re trendy, or will they just wonder if you got dressed in the dark?

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