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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Casio partners with Pac-Man for a new but vintage-looking digital watch

Relive the thrill of this classic arcade game every time you need to tell the time.  

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Three centipede and cockroach species are newly named and placed under protection in Okinawa

It really bugs us that Japan has the prettiest bugs.

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Mr. Sato falls for the biggest egg sandwich he’s ever seen…but what does it look like inside?

“The sun egg sandwich” is 20 centimeters (7.87 inches) in diameter and is on a mission to become a new famous local product of Saitama Prefecture.

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New summer ice cream-flavored mini KitKats come with a serving of summer homework topics

Japanese kids can exercise their mouths and minds by participating in a contest to brainstorm ideas about the future.

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Traditional noodles undergo a cute evolution in Kawaii Company’s new rainbow somen

These five flavors of cute and colorful Miwa somen are just in time to brighten up your summer.

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Become a noodle expert with Takara Tomy’s new Soba-Making Master and free online cooking lesson

Making homemade soba with the whole family has never been so satisfying.

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Our reporter transforms into a fancy celebrity to sample the fanciest udon at Marugame Seimen

Two new limited-time menu items at the restaurant feature Kobe beef, so we pulled out all of the stops to feel worthy of this gastronomic celebration.

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Johnny & Associates partners with Neokyo to ship official idol goods outside of Japan

At last you can get your favorite Johnny’s idol goods delivered to your door anywhere in the world.

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Japanese Internet falls in love with “dirty coffee,” so let’s make some of our own【SoraKitchen】

Don’t worry–it doesn’t contain actual dirt.

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Net users choose the top ten anime characters whose early deaths left a big impression

Warning: Spoilers abound in these rankings, but we’ll give a tip that the top five picks are from anime series that aired no later than 2010.

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Mr. Sato takes on this mega bowl of hiyashi chuka and possibly snubs his boss in the process

When the summer heat decreases your appetite, there’s nothing like a giant bowl of chilled noodles to bring it back.

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Grab the tissues: Preteens and teens pick the anime that makes them cry the most

Japanese youth between the ages of 10-19 shed light on which series make them shed the most tears.

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We snag sleek T-shirts celebrating JR Higashi-Nakano Station’s 115th year in operation

Mr. Sato is never one to pass up a good T-shirt–especially one that salutes his home train line!

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Tokyo luxury hotel teams up with Cup Noodle for 50th anniversary ramen cocktails and course meals

‘Cause what better way to celebrate turning 50 than with some “noods”?

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Bandai releases a retro item with zodiac signs in gachapon capsule toy form…but what is it?

This little device could almost always be found in cafés in Japan throughout the latter part of the Showa Period (1926-1989).

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Japan’s revised child care law makes it easier for fathers to take four weeks of paternity leave

The law also pressures workplaces to make child care leave policies transparent to soon-to-be parents.

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Sip your coffee like a yakuza boss at Nagoya’s newly opened Ninkyo Cafe

The Ninkyo Café is furnished like a yakuza office and provides opportunities to participate in special events with the staff.

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The Japan Ninja Council opens crowdfunding campaign for Nindo, the Online Ninja Academy

The Last Ninja Master seeks to establish the first and only online certificate platform for anyone in the world to become a Master of Ninja.

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Maybelline and Furifu release a retro-modern “Traditions of Japan” yukata collection

These six coordinated ensembles mix cosmetics with yukata and include a specially designed yukata inspired by one of the lipstick colors.  

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The Station Idol Latch! project gifts us with 30 male idols for 30 Yamanote Line stations

JR East’s newest venture reimagines each of the 30 stations on Tokyo’s most famous train line as a singing and performing idol.

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