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

Japanese Twitter user’s post pretty much sums up cat ownership

When you make sacrifices for your beloved cat, but they couldn’t care less.

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Documentary on Hayao Miyazaki “The One Who Doesn’t End” goes on sale

The NHK special documentary follows Miyazaki as he comes out of retirement to work on his next projects.

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Coincidental station name and Cardcaptor Sakura ad placement on Tokyo train is all too perfect

The silly coincidence also teaches us the importance of kanji!

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This buffet offers over 100 matcha-infused choices for the ultimate matcha experience in Kyoto

That includes nearly 30 different matcha sweets and 50 kinds of ice cream!

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With new Country Ma’am cookie-scented lip cream, you can enjoy the delectable cookies all day long

Forever on your lips, never on your hips!

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Japanese artist cuts insanely detailed Alice in Wonderland-inspired kirie paper art by hand

We’re pretty sure even a machine wouldn’t be able to cut finer lines!

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Our Japanese-language writers taste and compare sushi from around the world

Sushi has made its way around the world, from Cuba to Kenya, but what do our Japanese writers think of the international twists on their country’s signature food?

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Taiwan’s police force shows off its newest, cutest canine recruits【Photos】

The six new team members are only a month old!

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Upcoming Nintendo game lets you eat sushi, destroy enemies with stacks of sushi plates 【Video】

Will you be able to master the way of Sushido?

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Photographer captures gorgeous shots of Kyoto’s Kamogawa River

Blue skies over the city made for some unmatched scenery!

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Japanese Twitterer makes beautiful rose stamp from vegetable scraps

Sometimes it’s okay to play with your food.

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Gundam model enthusiast turns plain smartphone case into amazing work of art

In one day, this artist adds years to this phone case.

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Ghibli characters adorn these new military and embroidered jackets for the fashion-conscious fan

Characters and themes from Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Porco Rosso adorn these stylish jackets.

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These cats caught napping in the cutest ways will brighten your day【Photos】

From lounging cross-legged on a chair to passing flat-out on a slice of bread, these napping cats look completely cozy.

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Cruel illusion tricks Japanese shopper who wanted pork cutlet for half-off at the grocery store

The cutlet is a LIE.

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App lets you dance til you drop in Tokyo, with unlimited access to nightclubs for a flat rate

The self-proclaimed “Netflix of nightclubs” lets you enjoy Tokyo’s nightlife for a great price.

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Tokyo hotel offers a cool summer deal for the ladies, including a kimono that’s yours to keep

Spend a night or a weekend with the girls, and bring home a summer kimono of your own!

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Move over Ghibli Museum, a whole new Ghibli Park is on the horizon!

The new Ghibli Park is slated to open in the early 2020s in Aichi Precture, Japan.

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Spider-Man cafe opens in Roppongi Hills to commemorate new film, offers spidery eats and drinks

The limited-time cafe has our Spider-Senses, and taste buds, tingling!

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Magical, Hogwarts-inspired interior makes this inn a must-stay for your next Japan trip

The Expected Inn is really quite unexpected!

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