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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Slowpoke takes center stage at special collaborative festival at Takamatsu Airport this October

The official Udon Prefecture ambassador takes part in special events at the airport where you can also win fabulous prizes.

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Lawson announces new human-controlled digital avatars at store registers starting this fall

One of Japan’s top convenience store chains plans to introduce digital avatars at over 200 stores in the next three years.

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Pokémon Tokyo Banana’s latest offering is adorable Pikachu and Eevee chocolate cookie sandwiches

The cookies also feature a variety of designs so that you can have fun trying to eat ’em all.

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Learn how to crush walnuts with your butt from Japan’s Guinness World Record holder【Video】

Will our butts survive the crushing blows of victory?

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Calling all fans of anpan! You can try 20 kinds of anpan at this specialty shop in Asakusa

We wish that our two favorites were sold in more places, too.

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We test out the “chairless magic chair” that allows you to sit whenever, wherever you want

Does Masanuki wear the chair, or does the chair wear him?

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Kagoshima conveyor belt sushi chain Mekkemon rises above the rest with its special secret weapon

Our reporter discovers the special feature that makes one kind of common fish at this local eatery a slice above even the fatty tuna.

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Newly unveiled “horror room” in Osaka apartment promises a creepy day or night’s stay

The room makes for a perfect spooky Halloween backdrop, unless you’re one of those people that happens to find old-fashioned dolls soothing.

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That time our boss almost killed Mr. Sato with a ginormous, unBEARable assignment【Photos】

Never trust your boss when he’s smiling like this. Never.

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Footage of very loud Hokkaido Shinkansen tunnel blast delights the public【Video】

It turns out that the Internet really likes watching stuff get blown up.

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We caught up with Travis Japan to chat dancing, anime dreams, and back scratchers

We interview the all-male J-Pop group Travis Japan in the midst of their trailblazing efforts in the U.S.

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Can five middle-aged guys who graduated high school years ago still sing their school songs?

Mr. Sato forces his fellow ossan to step up to the plate in the name of baseball and school spirit.

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Monpoké baby brand now sells customizable Pokémon baby rings for the little love of your life

Babies can finally get a fun-sized version of a Pokéring to match the grownups.

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Travel-in-Japan hacks: Fukuoka Airport’s Lounge Time North seriously impresses our reporter

The cool part is that anyone can use it, even if they’re not planning on getting on an airplane.

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Do bomboloni Italian filled donuts have what it takes to be Japan’s next biggest sweets craze?

Today, Mr. Sato really lives up to his name, which has the same pronunciation, but different characters, as the Japanese word for “sugar”.

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Chowing down on dirt-cheap gyoza and insane portions at Fukuoka’s Gyoza Supermarket Pub

Despite gyoza taking the center stage at this restaurant, something else on the menu provided the biggest shock of all.

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Travis Japan, the hot Japanese boy band winning hearts through America’s Got Talent【Video】

We spotlight the J-Pop group that’s now based in the U.S. and is taking over with their charismatic performances on America’s Got Talent and more.

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Go shopping with our Japanese reporter as he experiences Costco in the U.S. for the first time

Feeling like a large child with king-sized candy bar dreams, he entered a whole new world of delight with a few big surprises.

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From watermelon to waterpizza: We tried making fruit pizza to beat the heat【SoraKitchen】

It’s super easy, customizable, and there’s no oven involved.

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You can taste One Piece’s Flower Flower Fruit in real life thanks to this peachy collaboration

We’re not saying that you’ll develop the same powers as “Devil Child” Nico Robin after eating it, but you never know. 

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