Evie Nyan

Born and raised in the UK, Evie escaped to Tokyo as an exchange student six years ago. Since then, she has been a Co-ordinator for International Relations in Kyoto, a translator of electronic manuals in Osaka, and a video game translator in London. Her hobbies include scouring second hand software shops for unlocalised retro games, drinking umeshu, and napping under the kotatsu. Her dream is to open a combination English teashop/bookshop/cat cafe in Tokyo.

All Stories by Evie Nyan

Kimpatsu Ikemen: Gackt tops list of 10 hottest Japanese celebrities with bleached hair

Bright blond is considered a bold choice of hair colour in Japan, but there are some who can really rock the look.

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This private island in the Pacific Ocean is open to guests – but only Japanese ones

Jeep Island lists snorkeling, diving, and swimming with dolphins as its main attractions. But only Japanese people are permitted to visit.

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Here’s a handy Japan cycling hack: pump up your tires for free at any police box

Feeling a little flat while riding your bike in Japan? Stop by the cop shop!

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“He’s too cute, I can’t give him back.” Missing cat case makes fur fly on Twitter

When Motsu the cat went missing, his owners received a cruel letter from someone claiming to be his new owner.

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First-ever Bon-Odori dance festival to be held at Shibuya scramble crossing for Obon

Shibuya’s giant scramble crossing will be closed to traffic for a summer street festival.

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Asian foreigners give their thoughts on what life is like being Asian in Japan

Much has been written about the experience of being a Western-looking foreigner in Japan. But what is the situation like for foreigners of Asian backgrounds?

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Japanese-American YouTube couple discuss marital arguments, culture clash【Video】

Communicating across cultures and languages can lead to crossed wires and arguments, especially when marriage is involved.

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Awareness campaign warns foreigners in Japan of “Divorce without Consent”

In Japan, you can be divorced without your consent, losing your right to reside in the country and access to your children.

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Japanese tourists in flu masks frighten British supermarket shoppers

Japanese tourists wearing everyday casual flu masks apparently caused upset amongst supermarket shoppers in British seaside town

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Japanese praiseful papa’s positivity is purely precious, or possibly evil genius

This Japanese daddy found a genius scheme for a harmonious family life.

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Online backlash suggests smokers are becoming less tolerated in Japan

Japan’s nonsmokers hit back against “smoking etiquette”, suggesting the best etiquette would be to quit once and for all.

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Do Japanese people kiss in Public? 【Interview】

Are Japanese people down for PDA? It depends on a surprising variety of factors!

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Five times our Japanese-language reporters added 85 bucks of “extras” to food orders in 2016

Taking “all you can eat” to new and obnoxiously disgusting heights in 2016.

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KFC Japan reveals New Year’s box for 2017, seeks total domination over festive period

After making “Kentucky Fried Christmas” a thing, KFC continues to bring out New Year’s boxes to compete with traditional osechi cuisine

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Frozen’s Elsa enjoys a cosy Japanese winter break under the kotatsu

The cold never bothered her anyway! Check out Elsa showing the proper way to enjoy winter in Japan!

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5 romantic scenarios from Japanese media that are maybe kinda gross

You’ve heard of the kabe-don “wall-pound”, but what are some less palatable romantic tropes you’ll encounter in Japanese media like manga and anime?

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Do young Japanese women want to be housewives?【Interview】

What are some of the reasons for and against becoming a housewife in Japan?

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Do Japanese People Want Refugees in Japan?【VIDEO】

Here’s what ordinary Japanese people on the street think about refugees in Japan, a country with a 99 percent rejection rate for refugees.

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We bet you didn’t spot this hidden Catbus message in My Neighbor Totoro!

Only the most beady-eyed and Japan-savvy of Ghibli fans could have spotted this one!

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We asked Pizza Hut to add 75 bucks’ worth of corn to our pizza in true Japanese style

Do you like a lot of corn on your pizza? Then you might be Japanese.

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