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

Here are our top 5 picks of Starbucks Japan’s limited-time Frappuccino releases from 2016

Sweet dreams are made of these.

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Ginza Cozy Corner is back with their traditional “osechi” style cake set and more

There’s no sweeter way to celebrate the New Year!

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Famous Japanese “talent” Becky to appear on special Fuji TV New Year’s program

Joining her will be famed educator Hirotada Ototake, who was also caught up in a scandal this year.

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Popular racing game developer Genki begins countdown, fans’ expectations build

Is a new release of Tokyo Xtreme Racer on its way?

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Sanrio characters Hello Kitty, Daniel, and Gudetama join in the new “Koi Dance” craze

Everyone seems to be getting caught up in the “Love Dance”!

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For one Japanese Twitterer, this Christmas spelled tragedy for her turtleneck top

Others find the look reminiscent of Castle in the Sky‘s long-armed robots.

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Move over KFC! Japan is serving slices of New York-style pizza for 99 yen this Christmas

Enjoy a 99-yen (US$0.99) highball with your pizza too!

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Japanese Twitter user spends eight years stacking toilet paper cores, completes entire wall

“It looks like a beehive!”

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New white nurse uniforms use non-transparent fabric to hide underwear, receive backlash from men

“The technology is great, but from a man’s point of view….”

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Japanese cats appear to be building resistance to cat-deterrent spikes, Twitter reveals【Photos】

Spikes are no match against Japan’s supercats!

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We bring you three more traditional Japanese recipes from centuries past

This time on the menu – octopus sushi bowl, flower-shaped eggs, and an “ice cube” tofu dessert!

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Peace-making Great Pyrenees is everything the world needs this year 【Video】

When this dog’s human siblings start to fight, he steps right in to put a stop to it.

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Popular pretty-boy of Twitter fulfills promise, posts pic of his makeup-less face and pit hair

Followers seem more impressed by his armpit hair than they are by the dramatic change of look.

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Tokyo Comic-Con wasn’t just fun, it was delicious, and here’re our top picks from its food booths

With things like sumo-wrestlers’ hot pot and beef sushi, the event was a feast for all of the senses!

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Teen born and raised in Japan faces deportation to a country he’s never been 【Video】

Unfortunately, his case is not unique either.

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Final design for Evangelion kimono has been decided, ready for pre-order now!

The voices of fans have been heard, and the result is a fantastic blend of traditional and contemporary.

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Edo-era recipes are published online, give us a chance to try Japanese foods from centuries past

Vegetarians can rejoice, as meatless options abound!

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Capsule toy pinwheel lets you trick your secret crush into taking a kissy-face photo 【Video】

“Would you close your eyes and blow on this for me?”

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The Rabito chair is a cute, stylish place for big and small to park their buns

Become one with the bun.

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Old-school gamers will love these Famicom goods to be released this December

Nintendo Famicom’s red-and-white design makes for some stylish stationery!

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