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Sarah Lee Stones

Sarah is a freelance translator based in Osaka, Japan. Captivated by Harajuku style and Hello Kitty while in high school, she has held a deep fascination with Japanese language and culture ever since. While she is loathe to discuss herself in the third person, she can sometimes be coaxed into doing so.

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Latest posts by Sarah Lee Stones

23 April 2017

Instagram Snaps of Japanese Foods You May Not Have Heard Of

Raw chicken, fish sperm, raw liver, "cherry blossom meat" and other Japanese foods you may not know about.

1 April 2017

Ready Your Vaseline and Face Mask—It's Hay Fever Season in Japan

It is estimated that 1 in 4 of Japan’s population of 123 million people suffer from hay fever. Why are pollen allergies so common in Japan?

28 November 2016

Corporate Japan Must Now Offer Stress Tests to Overworked Employees. But Is It Enough?

"When you work over 100 hours of overtime, you won't have time to be with your family, friends or lover...you start to think...'I don't know why I'm living this life.'"

22 October 2016

A Short History of Halloween in Japan

Halloween in Japan has become a creepy tour de force. But trick-or-treating has never caught on. Why?

2 October 2016

Botched English Translation in Kyoto Implies Elderly People Are “Terrible Drivers”

"Why has the English translation ended up like this? This is offensive to elderly people and unacceptable coming from an international city."

10 August 2016

Tokyo's First Female Governor Won in a Landslide Victory, but She Faces a Rough Road Ahead

At her first day on the job, she was snubbed by Tokyo's assembly members.

24 June 2016

Japan Gears Up for a Hot, Humid Rainy Season

"Good morning. Isn't it muggy? With all this rain, Kyushu seems to be having a hard time again. I wonder if they're all right. Be careful. OK?"

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