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

One of Japan’s favorite traditional desserts almost breaks the spirit of SoraNews24’s Mr. Sato

Mr. Sato attempts to eat this traditional Japanese sweet for the first time and realizes that it’s not for novices. Read More

New magazine focused on modern and casual kimono styles launched this month

KIMONOanne. is the place to go whether you’re a kimono pro, beginner, or just invested in modern fashion trends.

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Crafty and creative Twitter user shares how-to videos for dazzling autumn leaf origami

These simple but clever designs are sure to enchant not only the children but the grown-ups as well. 

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U.S. Marine Corps posts sympathetic message over burned Shuri Castle, Twitter debate ensues

Did this one particular response cross a line?

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Soon you can drink your ice cream at Lawson convenience stores throughout Japan

It’s up to you whether you want to count this new beverage product as a drink or as a dessert. 

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17 new designs unveiled in round two of regional Japanese license plates

These upcoming stylish license plate options showcase regional flavor and points of local pride throughout Japan.  

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Oddly epic chicken-tuna battle commercial features two legendary voice actors in animal mode

“Will you eat, or be eaten?” is the ominous tagline of this land chicken vs. sea chicken animated battle.

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Funeral undertaker takes departed father on one last trip to his beloved sea

One thoughtful gesture touches a family forever in this heartwarming story.

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Cat maid doll Miyou is ready to serve your collection with her soft, feline features

Miyou is a perfect blend of cat and maid uniform for all of you cat lovers and maid moe fans out there.

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Help your kitty reach enlightenment with Felissimo’s new Buddhist statue-style “halo scratcher”

After all, isn’t the most divine member of your household worthy of some proper respect every now and then?

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Japanese tourism companies to begin offering official anime pilgrimage tours next month

New collaborative efforts will promote anime tourism while cooperating with local communities. 

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Twitter sympathizes with shivering Shiba Inu during a Tokyo thunderstorm【Video】

Those who don’t own a pet might never have experienced how scary Mother Nature can be to our furry friends.

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Mr. Sato has crazy idea to replace tapioca balls with fish roe in bubble tea【Taste test】

It’s true that ikura (salmon roe) resembles tapioca balls, but how about the taste?

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Here’s a little tip from a Buddhist monk for anyone spooked by cemeteries at night

In this Japanese season of ghosts, hopefully this advice will help you see cemeteries in a new light. 

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Our reporter visited a dangerous torii at a Shinto shrine and almost had a heart attack

“Don’t wear headphones if you go there”: this important piece of advice will make sense in a moment.

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Yokai Train in Kyoto offers a fun and fright-filled ride of ghosts and demons

Care to be seated next to a mythological monster from Japanese folklore? 

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New Hello theater restaurant blends music, dancing, and food for a fun family outing

The dreamy Hello Kitty Show Box in Hyogo Prefecture celebrates the world’s beloved Sanrio mascot. 

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“Hyakunen Brush” promises your face a luxurious, tea ceremony-like frothy wash

This new crowdfunding product will appeal to those who want to indulge in their skincare routines and appreciate a traditional Japanese aesthetic.

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Hungry and on the go? Top 10 ranking of ekiben at Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station

A definitive ranking of the 10 best-selling bento boxes at one of Tokyo’s major travel hubs.

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We take on Japan’s latest crazy anime pose: The two-person peace sign【Photos】

The part about being a bishonen idol is entirely optional

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