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

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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Legendary “Ghost Sushi” is back for a very limited time

A former best-selling variation of sushi has returned, but it might be difficult to catch.

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Golden Bomber wows the crowd with an eight-second concert

Sometimes less is more….

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25-year bond between man and fish in Chiba touches the world【Video】

Hiroyuki Arakawa’s sea-dwelling friend of 25 years is like something out of a fairy tale.

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What if we told you this badly Photoshopped image isn’t Photoshopped at all?

Nothing fishy about this photo at all.

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Over 19,000 Azuki Bars for free on 1 July at select locations across Japan

Azuki Bar Day is celebrated on 1 July and the makers of the tasty frozen snack sure know how to celebrate!

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18 year-old Japanese man spotted in Germany with amazing top skills 【Video】

That’s “top” as in a “spinning top” not like “top class,” but then again, he probably is… Ah, just watch the darn video.

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Woman robs own convenience store, becomes the greatest “bakkura” of all

Let’s take this rare sighting of an S-Class bakkura to learn a little about what being a bakkura is all about.

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Japan would like to remind you that “emoji” has nothing to do with “emotion”

Common sense might lead you to believe that “emoji” is simply a variation of “emoticon,” but Japanese common sense tells a whole different story.

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Three heroes honored for miracle intervention in a highway accident in Chiba

The combined talents and bravery of three individuals narrowly prevented a traffic disaster from getting out of hand.

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Three Tokyo youths arrested for cork hunting, everyone else learns what cork hunting is

There’s a whole world of stuff going on that most people aren’t aware of.

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Japanese worker’s job threatened for drinking non-alcoholic beer during break

Office employee poses question to the Internet: Is it wrong to drink a non-alcoholic beer during a break?

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“Brain Ramen” instant ramen in stores now, best not to follow their serving suggestions

Why wait to be zombified before you can enjoy some delicious brains?

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Nagoya serves up fried chicken with sweet beans, whipped cream, and a strawberry on top

If you were to express the phrase “Why the heck not?” in the form of food, this might be it.

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Watch as Nagoya’s famous handmade candy studio makes Mr. Sato face candies 【Video】

Sadly, they refused to make them taste like Mr. Sato.

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Can a simple plastic bottle cure you of armpit sweat?

An easy trick rooted in Japanese tradition claims to be able to curb embarrassing pit stains and the social ills they cause.

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Chill out this summer with a refreshing iced Cup Noodle

If you can’t stand the heat, then get out a delicious-looking Cup Noodle Somen.

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