Krista Rogers

Starting with a love of J-Pop and J-dramas when she was 13, Krista Rogers has left her quiet New England hometown in the States both to study abroad in Tokyo and to work on the JET Program in beautiful Yamagata prefecture. She misses chatting in the local dialect and staging Kamehameha battles in the hallway with her students. Although she's currently working on her master's degree in Boston, she will without a doubt be back in Japan before long and buying way too much at Book-Off and Tower Records again. When she needs a break from schoolwork, Krista enjoys eating yakiniku, figure skating, finding cute cafes, watching Big Bang MVs, and continuing on her quest to catch 'em all.

All Stories by Krista Rogers

Japanese tourist cries tears of joy over creative installation of origami in the UK

Famous British botanical gardens include a clever use of origami art in a holiday display. 

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Our reporter transforms into a cool rock star with the help of some fashion experts

Still riding the Halloween high, our guy gets his biggest dream realized in the most rockin’ way.  

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Elementary school uses clever trick to get everyone to dispose of their chopsticks properly

Both the children and the adults have gotten in on the fun while also sharing their future dreams (and lamentations). 

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We interview voice actress Shoko Nakagawa, learn what gave her the greatest shock of her career

The prolific voice actress dishes on her experiences dubbing the Japanese-language version of Venom and in the anime voice acting industry.

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TEPCO in hot water for use of tasteless hashtag in recent tweet about Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japanese net users upset over the power company’s use of a slang term commonly found in anime.

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Fujisawa Enoshima Fireworks Festival results in one ton of garbage strewn on the beach

Shocked net users lament the beachside paradise littered with garbage–an uncommon occurrence in usually tidy Japan.  

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Can you clear this impossible mini-game on Baby Star Ramen’s website?

People who enjoy searching for needles in a haystack will love this game. The rest of them may have a sudden urge to pull their hair out

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“I’m almost embarrassed by how good it is”: Our reporter really, really loves this fried rice

Think of this piece as our Japanese reporter’s love confession to this particular brand of frozen fried rice in honor of “Frozen Food Day.”

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We taste makunouchi bento at four Japanese convenience store chains【Taste comparison】

Our reporter shares which version of this classic style of bento (all for 430 yen/US$3.83 or under) overwhelmingly stole his heart and stomach.

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Retro Showa-era cafe in Tokyo features good food and nostalgic game fun【Photos】

Visit this tucked-away cafe in a popular sightseeing area to experience the atmosphere of a place where time has stood still

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Girl so scarred by souvenir from Tokyo Tower Aquarium that she doesn’t want to go to school

Something about this toy seems more than a little bit fishy.

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Take the Aunt Stella’s all-you-can-stuff cookie bag challenge in Japan!【Photos】

Japanese net users are claiming to have transformed a simple customer transaction into what they’re calling a new “extreme sport.”

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8 times when convenience store clerks in Japan should be commended for their hard work【Photos】

These star employees deserve special recognition for their organizational skills, creativity, and in some cases, downright wackiness. 

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Kitty Rollcake Tunnel and Fruits Tart Cushion promise purrfectly pampered (and palatable) pets

These sweet-treat accessories will add a decorative and mouth-watering flair to your pet’s home just in time for the winter holidays.

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Crazy Hot Asians? Singaporean photographer-turned-actor in his 50s drops jaw after jaw in his wake

We could see the amazingly non-aging Chuando Tan starring in a Crazy Rich Asians spinoff.

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Our Japanese reporter rewatches first episode of Dragon Ball, concludes Bulma’s a psychopath

Seiji’s warm and fuzzy childhood memories are dampened by the sudden realization that Bulma’s actually more than a little bit crazy.

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A funny thing happened on the way to Japan: Guess that anime song!

A Japanese musician describes his delightfully surprising encounter with a fellow music and anime lover from Europe.

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Blind Filipino girl Elsie stuns with her mature singing voice【Videos】

The young girl with a voice to rival legendary singers has perfected the art of singing in English–a language she doesn’t even speak.  

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Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura wins 2018 Air Guitar World Championships in Finland【Video】

23-year-old Japanese minor celebrity figuratively smashes her competition to become number one in the world.  

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Who knew that Kumamoto Castle was a Transformer hiding in plain sight all this time?

Kumamoto Castle may be more than meets the eye

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