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

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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Matcha buffet in Osaka gets ready for fall by adding delicious autumn-inspired eats to the lineup

Let your taste buds fall in love with these matcha treats coming this autumn.

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Which side will you choose? New Sailor Moon tote bags allow you to pick between light and dark

Will you side with Princess Serenity or Black Lady?

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These easy DIY bath bombs can be made with ingredients from the 100 yen shop

100 yen shops have it all, including what you need to make your own customizable bath bomb!

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Japanese artist’s hand-cut paper art is astonishingly intricate and breathtakingly beautiful

Another kirie artist is here to awe and inspire.

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Get a taste of Japan’s past NOW, with these retro snacks and sweets at Tokyo department store

Fried bread, fruity ciders, and more tasty treats from across Japan and across generations.

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Draw-your-own fox charms are one of the highlights of Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari Shrine

Go for the history and culture. Stay for the silly artwork.

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Praying mantis in Japan hitches a ride, does a little dance for his driver【Video】

When you’re truly on it like a bonnet.

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Beautiful forest in southern Japan will spirit you away to another world

People find themselves asking “Is this really in Japan?!” It is, and you should go see it for yourself!

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Japanese store shares tip on storing leftover carbonated drinks, Internet shuts it down

To flip or not to flip, that is the question.

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Take your singing to new heights on the world’s first karaoke Ferris wheel in Tokyo

Enjoy a round of karaoke with an amazing Tokyo view!

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