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

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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Twitter is going crazy over these incredibly cute karate kids 【Video】

If only sibling rivalry were always this adorable.

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Cat beats up on sibling, Japanese owner catches the perfect uppercut on camera

This feline packs a mean punch!

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Japan’s fantasy sword tweezers are now officially on sale, available online

No need to slay dragons or delve dungeons! You can now purchase Japan’s Tweezers of Legend with a few clicks of your mouse.

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Edo era-themed sushi restaurant to bring delicious food, historical decor to Tokyo this month

Take a trip back in time, and enjoy some sushi while you’re at it!

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In Japan the gates to Hell are disguised as a laundromat, and four other freaky coin-laundry finds

Why go to a haunted house for Halloween when you can go to a Japanese laundromat?

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Limited-time Yo-kai Watch steamed buns would be cute… if their faces weren’t melting off

“It’s like cutting up a monster and spilling its dark blood.” -Mr. Sato

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Twitter is abuzz over gorgeous new visual promotion for the hit anime film Your Name

Makoto Shinkai’s latest hit is still hitting the high numbers, and hitting fans in the feels.

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Japanese airline takes us on a feels trip with commercial focusing on family togetherness 【Video】

Kids are given one less plane ticket than there are members of their family, and their responses are heartwarming.

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It’s just another night of bath time fun for these two water-loving kitties

Splish splash they were takin’ a bath!

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All the cutest, fluffy bunnies of Twitter are here to bring some cheer to your week

It’s time to take a break from that office report and treat your eyes to some floppy ears and cotton tails.

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Disabled woman yelled at for using train’s priority seat, “not looking like a handicapped person”

“If you’re handicapped, then you should look more like a handicapped person!”

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Honey and butter-flavored purple sweet potato snacks sound too good to be true, but they’re here!

A popular Okinawan treat gets a crispy crunch. Join us on a taste-test of delicious proportions!

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Felt kits from Felissimo let you make purrfectly adorable palm-sized kitty craft

Make one or make them all, you’re sure to have a ball!

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Japanese photographer captures beautiful images of sunset after a typhoon

This isn’t any rainbow after the storm, but it’s just as beautiful!

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Dress up as a shrine priestess in the comfort of your own home, with one-piece miko loungewear

Comfy loungewear or cute cosplay… Why not both?

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Cardboard artist hand-makes katana, temples, motorized bus, and more in incredible detail

Even the wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish, all through the town!

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Liqueur connoisseurs, prepare your tastebuds for an interesting new flavor: Kyoto cedar wood

Would you try the wood-flavored drink?

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Japanese family find creatives solution after “tanuki” sends daughter letter, promises play date

Don’t forget the cream puff!

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Cafe in Hong Kong offers drinks and tasty eats alongside medieval armor and swords

It’s the perfect place to fill your belly and get your fill of awesome weaponry.

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