Master Blaster

Writer / Translator

Master Blaster is the two-man translating team of Canada’s Steven Le Blanc and Japan’s Masami M, a pair who in addition to writing work are in English education and created the StudyNow app for Japanese students of English.

Together they have written somewhere around 1,500 articles for RocketNews24 covering such diverse topics as Chinese men selling sanitary napkins to each other and a Japanese guy dragging an ear of corn around the Tokyo train system. A few of these were actually good, but don’t take our word for it! Here’s what our beloved readers had to say:

“One isn't always in the mood for bold tastes. But when I'm in the mood for bold flavor I turn to you.”
“Stupid article. Who cares what the Japanese think it's cool. You don't call a monkey, "gorilla".”
“You know, this is about the most cogent explanation of how a turbocharger works that I have ever seen in the non-motorsports world.”
“Thanks for the article peter!”
“It's people like you who make exploitation possible.”
“It looks yummy and the story was great. Thank you for the smile.”

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All Stories by Master Blaster

Meals chosen by capsule machines sold in Hyogo service area in August

Let lady luck decide your next meal for a fraction of the cost.

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McDonald’s Japan adds “free smiles” to delivery menu in celebration of McDelivery Day

Next time someone rides a tiny scooter through a typhoon to bring you a filet-o-fish, don’t forget to request your free smile too!

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Poop Exhibit in Tokuyama Zoo this summer, 13 animals’ excrement on display to smell and touch

The zoo has planned a highly interactive exhibit allowing visitors to be completely immersed in animals’ pooh.

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Take a tour of Okinawa’s longest running movie theater: this creepy adult cinema

Some historical sites are honored while others get the shaft, but that may just be how the Shuri Theater likes it.

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The Mr. Sato car applies to join Japan’s largest custom car event: Tokyo Auto Salon 2018

A car with your own face plastered on every inch of the body is the epitome of a “customized car.” How could they refuse?

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“Grilled corn” and “gyoza” flavored shaved ice sold at Saitama cafe

This certainly doesn’t help the stereotype that Japan will put corn on top of anything.

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Take one last look at the classic architecture of Nara Juvenile Prison【Photos】

This stunning work of century-old architecture has given its last tour allowing people access to never-before-seen parts of the facility.

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Survey finds nearly one third of Japanese high school girls cannot blow up a balloon

I’m going to go out on a limb and blame video games and gangsta rap for this one too.

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“Don’t let it haunt you,” former correctional officer tells about how Japan performs executions

A former correctional officer recounts one experience of an execution in detail, because he can never forget.

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Virtuoso drums the entire game of Street Fighter II, shows us its music was actually pretty good

Dainashi shows the stamina of a warrior as he drums the extremely high tempo theme songs to every stage.

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Most realistic Dragon Ball kamehameha simulator ever ready to go at VR Zone Shinjuku

Finally, what virtual reality was intended to do this whole time: let you fire a powerful wave of energy at those who have wronged you.

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Love Live! goes metal, with new line of nippers

Fans of Love Live! Sunshine!! will no doubt want to get their hands on a pair of Love Live! nippers.

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One of Tokyo’s best hair salons discovered: this dank parking garage!

Mr. Sato takes the plunge and follows the promise of a super-cheap haircut into the unknown.

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Indonesian street mascots are nothing like we’ve seen in Japan, may also lick you 【Video】

Living in a land full of mascots, I thought I’d seen it all….

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Hey Canada and America, Munenori Kawasaki wants to remind you he loves you

You don’t have to be a baseball fan to be a fan of arguably Japan’s greatest export to the sport.

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Cream puffs filled with sushi-rice cola now on sale

There is a limited chance to try out Kurazushi’s latest transmogrification of vinegared rice.

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University student saves abused child after chance encounter in the rain

A simple act of kindness during a hard rain ultimately changed the life of one young girl.

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McDonald’s in Yokohama accused of “male discrimination” for only letting women use restroom

Men told to move to the back of the shopping complex rather than use a perfectly good toilet inside the restaurant.

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Behold the most realistic miso soup novelty smartphone stand known to man

The modern Japanese art of fake food samples has given birth to this stand which beautifully merges the heights of both elegance and kitsch.

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Test your wits and courage together in Tokyo haunted house where you must solve puzzles to escape

Escape from an Urban Legend looks to perfect the intriguing combination of scare houses and escape games.

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