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

Salamander soup?!? We try “giant salamander rice with green tea” in Kyoto

This “salamander” swims in a bowl of tasty broth with white tapioca “eggs”.

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Ladybeard wows the web with his one-man Beauty and the Beast cosplay

Our favorite crossdressing local celebrity shows us beauty at its best.

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Zippered pouches made from candy bags are the latest creative DIY craze on Twitter

From trash to treasure-keeper: You can learn how to make a candy bag pouch too.

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Japanese parents show the silly results of their children sobbing into cushions

Sometimes we all need a good cry. And sometimes, it seems, so do our pillows.

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The top 20 must-try restaurants in Tokyo, as chosen by travelers

You’ll definitely want to give some of these a try on your next culinary adventure to the city!

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Japanese artist’s cardboard creations are impressively detailed, delightfully fun

From a bag of potato chips to Doc’s DeLorean, there’s nothing she can’t make!

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Cat helping his person play Animal Crossing BGM on the piano is super calming, too cute【Video】

This purrfect duet is meowsic to our ears.

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Pretty in pink: Sakura curry available in Japan for a limited time

Not quite ready to say goodbye to the cherry blossoms? Then it’s time to enjoy some sakura curry.

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Cosplayer makes impressive replica of a remote bomb from Zelda: Breath of the Wild

It looks just like the real thing, without the risk of explosion.

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Experience Attack on Titan in a whole new way with special planetarium screenings this summer

Relive that day for yourself, this summer in Tokyo.

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Help rebuild the damaged Kumamoto Castle by buying a miniature one to build yourself

Build your own little castle, to help build something bigger.

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Doritos soy sauce wasabi and octopus dumpling sauce flavors come to Japan and Taiwan

These flavors are only available in Taiwan and Okinawa for a limited time!

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Personal planetarium projects the same night sky from Your Name in your own home

Experience the moving moment from the film, and see the night sky as it would have actually appeared!

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This Japanese cat is all of us at the end of a long week

This guy has taken cat-napping to the next level.

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PABLO’s mouthwatering matcha cheese tart is back again for a limited time

It’s back and is looking better than ever!

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South Korean artist captures the subtle gestures of love in a beautiful watercolor series

The series Love Is takes a look at the simpler joys in a relationship.

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These new Cardcaptor Sakura basket purses are just as cute as Sakura herself

Catch you, catch me… catch this sweet anime bag while there’s still time!

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Disembodied heads are keeping watch over this Japanese home and terrifying the net

Some people will go to any lengths to protect their goldfish.

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Won’t be in Japan in time for the cherry blossoms? Tochigi’s wisteria festival is just as magical

See wisteria, breathe wisteria, eat wisteria!

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Japanese Twitterers share entertaining anecdotes of their experiences with foreigners

What happens when you ask an Indian man what he thinks of Japanese curry?

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