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 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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Diaper Sushi gets an upgrade, is still the best gift for moms-to-be

This beautifully presented gift set is all fun and no carbs!

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U.S. servicemen’s hike on Mount Fuji turns into rescue mission, netizens are awed and grateful

The Marine Corps members carried an ill woman for two miles to safety. Read More

Super green, super matcha instant curry from Kyoto gets a new and improved recipe

This revamped instant matcha curry improves on taste, cuts back on the bitterness.

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Japanese Twitter user’s post pretty much sums up cat ownership

When you make sacrifices for your beloved cat, but they couldn’t care less.

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Documentary on Hayao Miyazaki “The One Who Doesn’t End” goes on sale

The NHK special documentary follows Miyazaki as he comes out of retirement to work on his next projects.

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Coincidental station name and Cardcaptor Sakura ad placement on Tokyo train is all too perfect

The silly coincidence also teaches us the importance of kanji!

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This buffet offers over 100 matcha-infused choices for the ultimate matcha experience in Kyoto

That includes nearly 30 different matcha sweets and 50 kinds of ice cream!

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With new Country Ma’am cookie-scented lip cream, you can enjoy the delectable cookies all day long

Forever on your lips, never on your hips!

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Japanese artist cuts insanely detailed Alice in Wonderland-inspired kirie paper art by hand

We’re pretty sure even a machine wouldn’t be able to cut finer lines!

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Our Japanese-language writers taste and compare sushi from around the world

Sushi has made its way around the world, from Cuba to Kenya, but what do our Japanese writers think of the international twists on their country’s signature food?

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Taiwan’s police force shows off its newest, cutest canine recruits【Photos】

The six new team members are only a month old!

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Upcoming Nintendo game lets you eat sushi, destroy enemies with stacks of sushi plates 【Video】

Will you be able to master the way of Sushido?

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Photographer captures gorgeous shots of Kyoto’s Kamogawa River

Blue skies over the city made for some unmatched scenery!

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