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

Foreign workers respond to survey about changes they’d like to see in the Japanese workplace

The top requests for implementation would benefit not only foreign workers, but Japanese workers as well.

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Japan has more anime/video game actresses than ever before, according to major seiyu magazine

The number of female voice actors listed in the annual Voice Actor Directory has more than quadrupled since the guide was first released 19 years ago. 

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Kyoto’s Shrine of Severing Ties does its job a little too well again…by losing jobs

This (un)lucky recipient of the shrine’s divine power also shares a list of tips to be aware of before praying at the infamous shrine.

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The top nine stand-and-eat soba noodle restaurants in Tokyo

Our resident soba expert ate at over 200 soba spots in the greater Tokyo area, and here are his top picks

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Here’s what 35 years of drawing practice can do for your superhero scribbles

Professional manga artist deftly displays his artistic skill progression from kindergarten to the present. 

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British newspaper ranks the best Studio Ghibli films and reader passions flare

Any ranking is bound to leave someone displeased, but this particular one has more than a few people balking at the selection for last place. 

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No coins? Not a problem for Japan’s new cashless gachapon capsule toy vending machines

The beloved capsule toy machines are catching up to the times by losing the coin element of the transaction. 

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Top 10 ranking of Weekly Shonen Jump’s most beautiful male characters revealed

Don’t be afraid to take in the eye candy with these characters who originally graced the pages of Japan’s best-selling weekly shonen manga magazine.

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Perfect otaku gear: New hanging file case cover display merch for sale and trade at conventions

The case cover hangs from the neck which frees up your hands to trade, display, or easily stow your favorite character goods

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Seijinshiki 2020: Kitakyushu’s Coming of Age Ceremony dazzles in the Year of the Rat【Photos】

Kitakyushu welcomes its first Coming of Age Ceremony of the Reiwa Era in its typical outrageous fashion(s).

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Here’s what happened when our three middle-aged reporters got makeovers with new makeup for men

“I feel pretty, oh so pretty!”

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Ramen and sweets served together at this stylish ramen cafe in Shibuya【Photos】

An unlikely gourmet combo makes for an “un-unforgettable” experience for our reporter.

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Our latest 10,000 yen food challenge is downing 80 croquettes on top of noodles

Or, as we think of it, “P.K. Sanjun takes on the potatoes at Fuji Soba.”

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Survey reveals 70 percent of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary

In light of an upcoming law, this survey sought adults’ attitudes towards broad topics related to disciplining children and child abuse.

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Japan votes on the rudest behaviors seen on trains and at stations this year

This year’s ranking includes Kanto vs. Kansai regional variations in addition to the overall list.

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New Tokyo fashion store has free coffee thanks to a kind, extremely generous charity donations

The location is within easy walking distance of JR Shibuya Station in one of Tokyo’s most popular youth districts.

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Our reporter documents his epic fail at designing original SoraNews24 socks at Muji

Nothing like a good pair of socks to remind us that some people are blessed with artistic talent and others, well, aren’t.

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New anime web series based on Pokémon Sword and Shield to get worldwide release next month

Short anime adaptation titled Twilight Wings will focus on the Galar region introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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Announcing the 2019 Junior and Senior High School Girls’ Buzzword Awards & 2020 predictions

Find out this year’s trendiest slang for Japanese female teenagers and you’ll be grouped in the cool crowd while strutting the streets of Shibuya.

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Buildings used for the emperor’s Daijosai ceremony are open for public viewing until December 8

Now’s your last chance to see structures that can’t be seen again until the ascension of the next emperor.

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