Meg Murphy

Born in the southwest United States, Meg exchanged eternal summers for eternal rain when she relocated to Seattle in 2007. After finishing school, she decided to try and put her degree to good use- coming to Japan in April 2011 with no solid plans, and has been here ever since. An avid traveler and adventurer, always up for a challenge. A vegetarian for most of her life, on a quest to find delicious, non-meaty eats. She'd like to think she's creative and artistic, but that's up for debate. She also enjoys normal people things too, like music, movies, and cats. Because there can never be too many cats in one's life.

All Stories by Meg Murphy

This 12-tie series lets you wear Japan’s history around your neck, from the Jomon to Meiji era

A perfect gift for the history buff in your life!

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Japan’s Twitterers show off more clever ways to transform 100-yen store items

These are the best “wrong” way to use those 100-yen purchases.

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Umami Burger opens its first Japan location, so naturally we had to have a taste!

The store drew crowds of hundreds on its opening day, but was the fuss worth it?

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Osaka man arrested for throwing dozens of cockroaches around at anime music event

Suspect of the “cockroach incident” fully admits to the charges.

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New Uniqlo concept store opens in Shinjuku, so Mr. Sato gets himself a new workout outfit

Mr. Sato is ready to workout in style! Meanwhile, another one of our writers goes running in jeans.

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Japan’s Twitterers summarize fear in short phrases, prove some things are universally frightening

“Do you know what day it was yesterday? It was our wedding anniversary.”

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Sushi chain celebrates the release of Disney’s Moana with delicious limited-time menu

From spicy garlic shrimp and ahi poke, to coconut berry pancakes!

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Our sushi expert picks three toppings that will remind you what “first love” feels like

Who knew love could taste like raw fish and crab guts?

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Japanese gamer creates anime Your Name’s rural town in Minecraft, and it’s mind-blowing【Video】

Explore the film’s magical world for yourself in a whole new way.

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A wild Sneasel appears! We discover a rare Pokémon hot-spot in Nara Prefecture

The park is known for its colorful flower gardens, and now for its abundance of Pokémon too!

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Japanese railway company selling retro electric locomotive to “whoever wants it”

Ever wanted a train car of your own? Well here’s your chance!

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We turn Japanese bamboo shoot rice dish into a delectable dessert【RocketKitchen】

This sweet treat will give rice pudding and bread pudding lovers the best of both worlds.

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Hangry teen arrested for setting fire to buildings because curry shop was closed

Never get between a boy and his curry.

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“Kitten-milk scented” lip gloss promises to make you feel like you’ve just kissed a cat’s nose

Just in case bottled cat-forehead scent wasn’t enough!

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Kyoto-based kimono company releases stylish new looks for men in their spring collection

They’re at it again, combining modern design with traditional wear, creating even more amazing looks for spring.

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Laser-cut paper combines kirigami and origami art forms into one beautiful creation

Up your origami game with these intricate cut paper designs.

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Celebrate pancakes with a maple syrup bath at this famous Japanese hot spring resort

Sweet dreams are made of baths with a maple syrup.

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Groovy cats spin us right round with their DJ-ing skills【Video】

Your cat scratches the furniture? These cats scratch tracks.

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Instant noodle company combines yakisoba noodles with fermented natto bean topping

If you’ve been too hesitant to give natto a try, this may be the way to start!

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Japanese cosplayer shows ingenious way to fake muscles using silicone push-up bras

Perfect for cosplay, or for when you want them muscles without the work.

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