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 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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Become a rocking cat with the Yoshikitty Narikiri Face Pack!

This is what happens when you combine Hello Kitty with one of Japan’s biggest rock stars!

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Japanese mandarin-orange-flavored potato chips make a comeback!

Enjoy the crisp, salty taste of potato chips with a blast of…mandarin orange?

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Legends of Japanese visual rock to come together to perform at Visual Japan Summit 2016

This October is going to get a little crazy in Tokyo.

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We visited Fukuoka’s Museum of Mysteries and we still have no idea what we saw

Who knew you could find so much in such an isolated location?

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Crazy Japanese alarm clock features the sound of Mom’s cooking

Can’t get out of bed in the morning? Japan has one possible solution.

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Could this be the reason why Alola Raichu is so darn cute?

Well, I guess it’s not too far out of the realm of possibility…

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Digimon lovers, it’s time to accessorize with Super Groupies collab goods!

Tired of hearing about Pokémon Go? Let’s talk about Digimon…in style.

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Japanese Twitter users reveal the logic behind the 5K eggs in Pokémon Go

Just how long is it supposed to take to hatch those eggs?

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Tips on protecting yourself from the stinging inferno of Japan’s “burn bugs”

Whatever you do, don’t smack it!

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Venture through the Tokyo Metro Network to complete the Ghibli Quiz Rally!

Would you like to go on a scavenger hunt through Tokyo Metro’s maze of subways with Studio Ghibli? Well, if you’re in Tokyo between July and September, you’re in luck!

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All aboard the Catbus at Ghibli Museum’s 15th Anniversary Celebration!

Okay, there isn’t actually a working Catbus there, but you can see the next best thing!

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