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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The Times They are a-Changin’: Our reporter reflects on the changing landscape of Ebisu

Mariko shares a glimpse into what’s different in one Tokyo neighborhood compared to her memories from 20 years ago.

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Classic yokai anime GeGeGe no Kitaro gets spooky stage play adaptation this summer

Key cast members and visuals were also just released, including a very big name in the world of voice acting.

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Digital manga distributer releases its top ten ranking of shonen and seinen series for April

Need a little more action, adventure, and spying in your life? Try checking out free sample chapters from one of these current hit series in Japan.

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We visit the 24-hour male-only sauna just outside of Hakata Station and ponder a strange sight

The spa is only a two-minute walk from Hakata Station in Fukuoka City

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We try canned oyster okonomiyaki, a food we didn’t even know existed【Taste Test】

Savory seafood pancakes from a can don’t exactly sound appetizing, but will we eat our words?

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2022 Uniqlo global T-shirt contest reveals winning designs of Snoopy and the gang

The 11 winning entries were selected from 14,000 total submissions centered around Peanuts characters and will go on sale later this month.

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We retreat for a day of rejuvenation at Green Hill Yatsugatake recreation facility in Yamanashi

The rec facility is open to anyone for reservations and boasts grounds that are 7.5 times the size of Tokyo Dome.

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Tokyo losing landmark bookstore, giant bookmark created to mark its place【Photos】

Special displays, sales, and even book fortunes commemorate Sanseido moving on to its next chapter. 

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Our reporter dishes on the differences between sushi from Ginza Kyubey and Sushiro【Taste test】

Yuuichiro explores the similarities and dissimilarities of sushi from an upscale restaurant in Tokyo and an inexpensive conveyor belt sushi chain. 

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Japan’s first Dinosaur Race features T. rexes flopping their way across the finish line 【Video】

Ah, yes, it’s good to see the first race of its kind in approximately 66 million years.

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2021 saw the sharpest ever rate of decrease of Japan’s shrinking population, more records broken

Japan’s decreasing birthrate coupled with an aging population continue to spell out doom and gloom for the future of the country. 

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Pokémon Lucario becomes official radio calisthenics promoter for kids across Japan【Video】

Radio calisthenics to encourage fitness are making a comeback with the help of a perpetually popular Pokémon.

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Japanese fish cheesecake: is it more of a fishy cake, or a cakey fish?【Taste Test】

Our taste buds were a little confused by what we were eating.

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Enter the Hatoverse: Flap your way into the world’s first pigeon metaverse

Escape from the real world into one of pigeon peace.

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Japan’s Shachi Bus offers tour with no destination or leaving the bus, but something’s fishy…

This first-of-its-kind tour is designed for bus lovers by bus lovers, or really just anyone who loves riding on buses.

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We predict 7-Eleven’s new Zero Cider Triple drink is gonna be the hit drink of 2022【Taste Test】

We’re callin’ it like we taste it and this one’s gonna be BIG–unlike its calorie count.  

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Female virtual YouTubers are here to collaborate with Tokyo’s Kanda Myojin Shrine in a punny way

Hololive Production teams up with one of Tokyo’s most important shrines to provide a creative new method of support.

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Tera Ango now offers the chance to live and take part in daily practices at a Buddhist temple

The first of its kind in Japan, this opportunity is perfect for anyone who needs to refresh the body and the mind.

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Show off your love for sushi with Pageboy x Hama Sushi clothing collection

Might we have stumbled upon a new genre of clothing that we’ll dub “fish fashion”? 

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“I choose BOO!” Gengar engagement and wedding rings are here to haunt your nuptials

We thought there was only the ghost of a chance that Gengar would end up on a ring, but we’re happy to be proven wrong.

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