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.

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Tokyo experiences drop in population for seventh consecutive month

The higher rates of coronavirus infection and continuing State of Emergency in the nation’s capital are said to be behind the exit of residents.

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A parade of Sanrio characters celebrate Cat Day over Twitter with cat ears and more

Gudetama, My Melody, and even Hello Kitty herself don disguises to celebrate the Internet’s love for all-things-cat.

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Japanese competitive eater Max Suzuki oversees new delivery restaurants chain with mega portions

Our very own Mr. Sato was ecstatic to get his hands on their 1.8-kilogram (3.97-pound) yakisoba dish.

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We tried making a candy bonsai tree and ended up with a spectacular vegetable instead【Photos】

Eh, regardless of its final form it wasn’t like we were going to get much fiber out of it anyway.

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Japan petitions to add 40 traditional folk dances to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list

If approved, the new additions would join one dance already on the list under the collective title of “Elegant Dances.”

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Long-running manga character is heavily implied to have COVID-19 in latest issue

Manga readers are concerned about the fate of Kosaku Shima, whose corporate developments they’ve been following since 1983.

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We serve a hot dish of the five best stand-and-eat soba restaurants in one area of Tokyo

Our resident soba connoisseur hones in on the best eateries in the Akihabara and Okachimachi neighborhoods of Tokyo in this closely contested ranking.

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Nobita-kun magazine celebrates the legacy of Doraemon with eight quality bonus prizes

This special, lovingly crafted issue was released in celebration of Doraemon’s 50th anniversary. Even its price is symbolic.

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Mark your calendars for the return of Japan’s popular cherry blossom-inspired beer

One of the first glimmers of spring is the appearance of this seasonal beverage that uses real cherry blossom petals and leaves.

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Charming Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth makeup sets revealed for February release

Cosmetics will be sold in a lottery-style game at Japanese convenience stores as part of Clamp’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

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We try a dubious-sounding “wet dorayaki” and are in for more than one surprise

A new twist on one of Japan’s favorite traditional sweet snacks. Read More

Japanese professor launches crowdfunding project to recreate amazura, a lost Heian Era sweetener

Amazura was a popular sweetener among Heian aristocrats but its method of production was lost to time after the widespread diffusion of sugar.

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We experience what a real Okinawan beach party is like with the help of a local

The party was a far cry from what our reporter had envisioned, but it was just as satisfying in its own way.

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We tried making traditional Japanese sweets at home then had some fun with the leftovers

A long-established Kyoto confectionery shop is selling these do-it-yourself kits with simple video instructions.

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Words of wisdom to live by from a simple Japanese father for Coming of Age Day

Our writer received a heartfelt message from his father on his Coming of Age Day 23 years ago which he would now like to share with you.

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Man confuses plastic food samples for the real thing then gets arrested for trying to steal cash

We’re not sure which was more disappointing: getting caught in the act of stealing, or learning that the food he spotted wasn’t real.

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Invite some luck into your life this year with Furla’s new Little Cats collection of merch

The new lineup of luxury goods draws inspiration from Japan’s manekineko “beckoning cat” figurines. 

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Company PET partners with Kyoto temple to offer genuine funeral services for beloved pets

New collaboration services honor your departed pets as full members of the family while also granting you and your remaining family some closure.

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7-Eleven Japan to double the shelf life of their onigiri rice balls

7-Eleven Japan announces their efforts to dramatically reduce food waste at its stores. 

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There’s no reason not to play with your food with this natto in Nanoblock form

All we have to say is that this is one curiously clever fermented soy toy for the win.

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