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 shares video captured of “the world’s longest cat”, Internet is impressed

Cat‘s got our tongue, and has us all tricked!

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Overambitious diners set restaurant ablaze trying to grill all-you-can-eat yakiniku

There’s a reason why greed is considered a “deadly” sin.

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Are dried sardines the next new fashion trend? Japanese artist turns snack food into accessories

Each dried fish gets an eye made of Swarovski crystal when being made into these quirky accessories.

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Starbucks Japan announces its second round of festive holiday drinks, coming soon

‘Tis that time of year, for red and green Christmassy cheer!

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Japanese school teacher in hot water for knocking student’s face against chalkboard, other abuse

The teacher had been allowed to teach again despite previous incidents.

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Friending Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party will get you free Shinzo Abe stamps for Line messenger

The LDP wants YOU… to be their Line friend!

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This bento had big dreams of becoming Insta-famous, became Twitter-famous instead

Shoot for Instagram. Even if you miss, you may land among Twitter.

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Former AKB48 member speaks out against Osaka school that forced its student to dye her hair

Sayaka Akimoto recounts similar pressures she faced herself in school.

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Japanese YouTuber covers the Super Mario Bros. theme… on four calculators【Video】

So, do you play any musical instruments? Yeah, I play calculators.

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Avril Lavigne’s sister and Japanese rock star husband welcome their first child【Photos】

The couple, who announced their marriage earlier this year, have just announced a new addition to their family.

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Thomas the Tank Engine toy trolls Twitterer, terrorizes vacuum

As if Thomas wasn’t already creepy enough…
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Japanese Twitter is cracking up over these incredibly odd “fried chicken” pants

Kentucky Fried Chicken? Carrots? What do you see in these pants?

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Sushi chain’s Halloween-themed menu includes black squid-ink curry, purple mayo, and “eyeballs”

These grotesque treats are full of tricks!

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Photographer captures fantastical images of a fire-walking festival in northern Japan【Photos】

These photos offer a stunning look at one of Japan’s many festivals.

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Male model’s Princess Mononoke-inspired cosplay is a feast for the eyes

Who knew San could be this sexy… as a guy!

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Kyoto city deals with doggy doo problems on its streets using nothing more than chalk

Operation Yellow Chalk” is making waves for how incredibly simple yet effective it is at getting people to pick up after their pet.

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McDonald’s Japan is bringing back their matcha treats again this year with a new twist

They’re bringing back some old favorites, plus a new item we have to try!

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Game-loving couple rents out Tokyo arcade for their wedding ceremony, battles it out on Tekken

Surely these are relationship goals for gamers everywhere.

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Japanese city famous for its production of swords and knives now has katana-shaped ice cream

Centuries of craftsmanship has amounted to this moment.

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X Japan’s Yoshiki to be the first Japanese male to appear on the cover of Vogue Japan

The musician flew cross-country for the photo shoot just weeks after surgery.

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