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

Doritos soy sauce wasabi and octopus dumpling sauce flavors come to Japan and Taiwan

These flavors are only available in Taiwan and Okinawa for a limited time!

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Personal planetarium projects the same night sky from Your Name in your own home

Experience the moving moment from the film, and see the night sky as it would have actually appeared!

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This Japanese cat is all of us at the end of a long week

This guy has taken cat-napping to the next level.

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PABLO’s mouthwatering matcha cheese tart is back again for a limited time

It’s back and is looking better than ever!

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South Korean artist captures the subtle gestures of love in a beautiful watercolor series

The series Love Is takes a look at the simpler joys in a relationship.

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These new Cardcaptor Sakura basket purses are just as cute as Sakura herself

Catch you, catch me… catch this sweet anime bag while there’s still time!

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Disembodied heads are keeping watch over this Japanese home and terrifying the net

Some people will go to any lengths to protect their goldfish.

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Won’t be in Japan in time for the cherry blossoms? Tochigi’s wisteria festival is just as magical

See wisteria, breathe wisteria, eat wisteria!

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Japanese Twitterers share entertaining anecdotes of their experiences with foreigners

What happens when you ask an Indian man what he thinks of Japanese curry?

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Flaunt your fandom and sleep in style with these new Gintama pajama sets

You’ll be comfy and cool from head to toe!

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This 12-tie series lets you wear Japan’s history around your neck, from the Jomon to Meiji era

A perfect gift for the history buff in your life!

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Japan’s Twitterers show off more clever ways to transform 100-yen store items

These are the best “wrong” way to use those 100-yen purchases.

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Umami Burger opens its first Japan location, so naturally we had to have a taste!

The store drew crowds of hundreds on its opening day, but was the fuss worth it?

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Osaka man arrested for throwing dozens of cockroaches around at anime music event

Suspect of the “cockroach incident” fully admits to the charges.

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New Uniqlo concept store opens in Shinjuku, so Mr. Sato gets himself a new workout outfit

Mr. Sato is ready to workout in style! Meanwhile, another one of our writers goes running in jeans.

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Japan’s Twitterers summarize fear in short phrases, prove some things are universally frightening

“Do you know what day it was yesterday? It was our wedding anniversary.”

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Sushi chain celebrates the release of Disney’s Moana with delicious limited-time menu

From spicy garlic shrimp and ahi poke, to coconut berry pancakes!

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Our sushi expert picks three toppings that will remind you what “first love” feels like

Who knew love could taste like raw fish and crab guts?

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Japanese gamer creates anime Your Name’s rural town in Minecraft, and it’s mind-blowing【Video】

Explore the film’s magical world for yourself in a whole new way.

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A wild Sneasel appears! We discover a rare Pokémon hot-spot in Nara Prefecture

The park is known for its colorful flower gardens, and now for its abundance of Pokémon too!

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