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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DyDo is offering Japan’s first “reverse” vending machine of drinks for a very limited time

New vending machine prioritizes nutritional information over product packaging.

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Japanese survey takers go back to school to vote on their favorite school lunch menu items

We’ve outlined the top five elementary school lunch menu items that reigned supreme in the people’s collective memory. 

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Seiji holds the Grand Prix of Marumiya Furikake【Taste Test】

Which flavors were crowned the Elite Four out of 16 total entries? 

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We take on the Baskin-Robbins Japan 31-day challenge and live to tell these tips

Eating ice cream every day for a month may seem like a breeze, but here’s some great practical advice to consider before indulging.

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Propose an “I choose you” with the help of dazzling new Eevee Pokémon engagement and wedding rings

Just as with the Pokémon Eevee, these rings will symbolize your willingness to evolve and grow with your partner in marriage.

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Family stuns with amazing Detective Conan, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and more group cosplays

The family that cosplays together slays together.

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Quit screwing around do some work, commands Goku in latest Dragon Ball fashion item

Four new T-shirts drawn from the various series of the Dragon Ball universe will soon be on their way to fans’ closets.

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Rare living male-female stag beetle is currently housed in Miyazaki prefectural museum

Local entomophiles are sure to be enchanted by this beetle which is equally split male-female down its body the long way.  

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Online survey sheds light on prefectural personality rankings of Japanese people

Ranking reveals Japanese impressions of which prefectures seem to boast residents with the best personalities.

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Hokkaido resort offering vibrant bounty of gelato lookalikes…made of potato?!?

Potato lovers rejoice: Choose from 100 varieties of potato salad disguised as colorful cones of gelato during upcoming campaign. 

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“Demon manju”: A low-prep recipe for a delicious regional snack made from sweet potato

Don’t worry–despite the name, it won’t bite back.

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Will our reporter’s wish to find the secret Dragon Ball sweets be granted?

Our reporter visits several Family Mart branches in her quest to unravel the mystery and comes to an important realization in the end. 

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Japanese figure skater Shoma Uno crushes pro gamer in Super Smash Bros. tournament【Video】

22-year-old athlete demonstrates prowess not just on the ice but in gaming as well.

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Dress your Animal Crossing character in custom fashions by Japanese brand Sig Freak’s Store

Free clothing downloads in Animal Crossing: New Horizons were inspired by real-life Harajuku-based casual clothing brand

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Pokémon teams up with clothing brand Milkfed for cute lineup of Ponyta goods

Psychic-type Galarian Ponyta shines in this whimsical collaboration series.

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We test out the recipe for “botayama curry” featuring black sauce and black rice

This unique curry that originated at a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force camp in Fukuoka has been making waves online.

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Muji’s garlic sauce potato chips are perfectly pungent enough to warrant an investigation

Our reporter pulls out all the stops in an attempt the quantify the as-yet-unexperienced olfactory power of these chips. 

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Japan’s first 100 percent non-alcoholic and vegan bar to open in Tokyo’s Roppongi district

Get ready to enjoy stylish non-alcoholic beverages and vegan bites in a chic setting on your next night, or morning, out. 

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Our team of five reporters try to turn themselves into Japanese heartthrob Kimutaku【Photos】

The desire to achieve cultural icon status drove our team to undergo hair and clothing makeovers for hefty transformations. How were the end results?

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Shibuya 109 teams up with Hiroshima bread brand for “beary” cute cream pancakes and sandwiches

A trendy spot in Tokyo collaborates with an 87-year-old confectionery famous for its cream buns to whip up two new Insta-worthy bites to go

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