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

Anime film Your Name’s director Makoto Shinkai is immortalized in an asteroid’s name

Makoto Shinkai can add one more special achievement to his resume that is quite literally out of this world. 

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Cold Stone Creamery Japan celebrates spring in style with green tea and sakura flavors

The popular ice cream chain recently introduced two new limited-time matcha flavor variations to celebrate the advent of spring.

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Fashion model Yutaro trolls online shoppers in funny April Fools’ Day cosmetics prank

If you guessed the prank is that the model in this picture is actually a man, he makes no secret about that, and the real trick is something else.

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Why are people in their 20s moving outside of Tokyo to Yokohama and other areas?

Expert dishes on important factors that are leading young people to shun living in certain areas of the capital in favor of other suburban centers. 

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Chinese woman dazzles the net with her transformations into Western celebrities【Video】

Young woman transforms herself into Britney, Beyoncé, and T-Swift with only the power of makeup.

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Miyazaki’s new animated short Boro the Caterpillar completed, voice actor revealed

Miyazaki puts the finishing touches on his new animated short Boro the Caterpillar and also reveals that all sound effects were provided by a famous Japanese celebrity.

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Net users floored by third-grader in Osaka who created and distributed a computer virus

The kid claims he did it “to surprise his friends.”

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First details and steamy main cast revealed for live-action Touken Ranbu film

The historical-swords-as-handsome-guys will make their first foray into reality on film!

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Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto is indeed working on his new story for Weekly Shonen Jump

What’s next for the author whose modern take on ninja became a hit series the world over? 

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YouTuber takes horror to the next level by recreating Sadako’s spooky TV screen exit in AR【Video】

There are many practical uses for the Apple ARKit, and scaring the living daylights out of your children is most certainly one of them. 

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Hit ’90s shojo anime classic Marmalade Boy live-action movie trailer, release date revealed

The trailer finally gives us a glimpse of the supporting cast as well as that famous nurse’s office kiss scene

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Goldfish style: The elegant way to drink shochu in Japan

Drinking method is beautiful to look at–and could help mask the taste of burning alcohol.

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Plane passenger almost gets busted for unusually-shaped chocolate in carry-on luggage

At least he has the chocolate for stress eating after this ordeal.

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Japanese partygoer starts dishwashing at American friend’s house, ends up pondering her culture

A simple act leads to a deep discussion on important cultural values within Japan vs. outside countries and traditional gender roles. 

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Experience the moment the local gods cross a frozen Lake Suwa【Video】

Lake Suwa in Nagano Prefecture is the scene of a curious natural phenomenon which results in ridges of ice erupting out of the frozen surface. Read More

Twitter user shares stupidly simple lifehack for eating Japanese snacks

We hate to break it to you, but you’ve been eating bags of chips wrong your whole life

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French shonen manga “Radiant” to receive Japanese anime adaptation

The series by Tony Valente is slated to begin airing this fall on NHK.

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Tokyo cafe doesn’t bat an eye at “obstruction of business” kitties【Monday Kickstart】

I think we all know whose turf it really is.

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Original model for Dragon Ball Z’s Android 16 resurfaces, sends Japanese Twitter into a frenzy

This small backstory may add a touch of sympathy to your thoughts about one of the series’ most genius villains.

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Japanese sake with a basketball anime connection is flying off the shelves in China

Chinese consumers have been buying up a certain brand of sake in staggering numbers due to an unexpected link with hit basketball anime Slam Dunk.

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