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

Poll shows most disabled people in Japan dislike “inspirational” documentaries about disability

One major Japanese TV station calls out another’s use of disabled people in so-called “inspiration porn”.

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Japanese commenters applaud tweet denouncing over-entitled customers

When “the customer is God” starts to go to the customers’ head, one hero stands to put things in perspective.

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Popcorn and lemon tea? The unlikely combo is here for a limited time, so of course we had to try!

When life gives you lemons, make lemon tea-flavored popcorn!

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Anime film The Anthem of the Heart inspires new school uniform loungewear from Village Vanguard

Fans of school uniforms and the animated film alike will love this comfortable sailor-style outfit.

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Cradle yourself to sleep with villainous arm pillows from Ultraman, Gundam, and Kinnikuman

Because we all need somebody to lean on.

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Waste not, want not: Japanese netizens share delicious ways they prepare watermelon rinds

If you thought the red flesh was the only edible part of a watermelon, this is for you!

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Google Maps captures “only in Japan” moment as sumo wrestler sneaks a peek at Google car

In Japan, children don’t chase ice cream trucks — sumo wrestlers chase Google cars.

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Make an impression on paper and your peers with a katana-hilt name stamp

Do business like a modern day samurai and wield your own personal katana name stamp!

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Olympic swimmer’s candid shot makes the best Photoshop Battle fodder

The Games may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun is.

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Japanese net is awed, humbled by pianist’s story of how uncle was saved by stray cat

A tiny kitten saved one man from huge tragedy.

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LINE Messenger pleases Nintendo fans with new Kirby, 8-bit Pokémon backgrounds

Nintendo friends old and new are here to add some fun to your LINE messages.

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We take a close-up look at some Japanese street food found at summer festivals【Photos】

 From fried noodles to “octopus balls”, what you’ll find at a festival food stall is probably nothing like you imagined Japanese food to be.

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More fun and delicious treats make it to the Ghibli-themed menu of Tokyo art exhibit’s cafe

Enjoy new treats like a herring pie from Kiki’s Delivery Service or a sweet icy treat inspired by Castle in the Sky.

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Japanese shrine’s special drinking spot for bees has the internet feeling the warm fuzzies

A shrine in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan shows consideration for all of its patrons, from the humans to the bees!

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Oddly-satisfying video shows katana warping and bending in water as it is forged

Forging a katana is extremely labor intensive, but it all comes together with a swift dunk in water to cool.

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What’s the best way to deal with an abundance of cicada skins? Build Godzilla, of course!

It’s cicada season in Japan, but this Twitter user doesn’t let their creepy, crunch remains get them down!

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Cat-shaped towel lets you imagine snuggling a furry kitty belly as you dry your face

Get your face dry and all the snuggles you want without worrying about having to explain claw marks across your forehead!

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Pianist plays impressive arrangement of Pokémon background music, internet is awed【Video】

If you haven’t heard the background music enough playing Pokémon GO, here’s a new piano version for you!

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These custom rings from Takayas based on Sailor Moon and Star Wars are absolutely stellar!

If you’re a fan of either franchise, these custom-made rings are sure to inspire!

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Cry no more: Japan to begin nationwide sales of a tear-free onion this fall

No longer just a ball of tears, the Smile Ball is here to change the way you think about onions.

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