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 cats appear to be building resistance to cat-deterrent spikes, Twitter reveals【Photos】

Spikes are no match against Japan’s supercats!

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We bring you three more traditional Japanese recipes from centuries past

This time on the menu – octopus sushi bowl, flower-shaped eggs, and an “ice cube” tofu dessert!

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Peace-making Great Pyrenees is everything the world needs this year 【Video】

When this dog’s human siblings start to fight, he steps right in to put a stop to it.

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Popular pretty-boy of Twitter fulfills promise, posts pic of his makeup-less face and pit hair

Followers seem more impressed by his armpit hair than they are by the dramatic change of look.

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Tokyo Comic-Con wasn’t just fun, it was delicious, and here’re our top picks from its food booths

With things like sumo-wrestlers’ hot pot and beef sushi, the event was a feast for all of the senses!

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Teen born and raised in Japan faces deportation to a country he’s never been 【Video】

Unfortunately, his case is not unique either.

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Final design for Evangelion kimono has been decided, ready for pre-order now!

The voices of fans have been heard, and the result is a fantastic blend of traditional and contemporary.

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Edo-era recipes are published online, give us a chance to try Japanese foods from centuries past

Vegetarians can rejoice, as meatless options abound!

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Capsule toy pinwheel lets you trick your secret crush into taking a kissy-face photo 【Video】

“Would you close your eyes and blow on this for me?”

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The Rabito chair is a cute, stylish place for big and small to park their buns

Become one with the bun.

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Old-school gamers will love these Famicom goods to be released this December

Nintendo Famicom’s red-and-white design makes for some stylish stationery!

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This Shiba Inu is all of us when we just can’t anymore【Photos, Video】

Feeling down? Here’s a Shiba who can empathize.

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Japanese artist is master of multi-tasking, gets two paintings done at once

When you’ve got two hands, why not use them both at once?

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Video shows incredible process it took to create monstrous model of Godzilla from clay

The clay replica may be tiny, but still looks as treacherous as the real deal!

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Get your name, genetic information engraved on a Japanese name stamp that’s uniquely you

Now you can seal all of those important documents with more than just your name!

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Hit anime film Your Name’s Academy Award qualification run dates officially announced

Makoto Shinkai’s latest film has seen huge success in the Japanese market, but can it win a nomination for the North America film industry’s top honor?

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Playful Shiba pup gets himself trapped in basket, parents and sibling look on in adorable video

Curiosity killed the cat, but all it did to this puppy was catch it in a basket.

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This may look like an ordinary sweater, until you learn that it was knit by a totally blind woman

Could you knit a sweater this well? How about without your sight?

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Sharpening these colored pencils will give you beautiful flower petals

With five different floral designs to choose from, this is one bouquet you’ll want to add to your pencil case.

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Lone Japanese diner at Indian restaurant gets a special lunch guest from wait staff

When your meal comes with a free side of friendship.

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