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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Draft bill proposal seeks to curtail unconventional “kirakira” kanji name readings in Japan

Darn–and here I was really hoping to name my firstborn “Gojira.”

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Tokyo cafe serves up the artsiest version of a drinkable roasted sweet potato that we’ve seen yet

The perfectly Instagram-worthy drink can be found in one of Tokyo’s most bohemian hipster neighborhoods.

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What exactly is the treat known as a “kougnané” that’s sold outside Tokyo’s Yurakucho Station?

We learn the origin of this unique pastry sold in one of Tokyo’s bustling commercial districts. 

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Urusei Yatsura hanafuda playing cards will soon invade your game night

We would like to humbly request more anime x traditional Japanese craft pairings after this. 

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Does this Dormy Inn near Mt. Fuji offer the best business hotel breakfast in all of Japan?

In true Dormy Inn style, the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet features regional specialties including pork dishes and mikuriya soba.

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Hyatt Regency Osaka will soon offer cat-friendly hotel rooms for you and your feline friend

Rooms will come with all of the necessary kitty amenities to ensure you and your cat companion can travel in contentment.

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Cafe next to Tokyo Station offers all-you-can-eat tarts, and Mr. Sato is ready for his desserts

It seemed like such a good deal at the time that we had to wonder–is this highway robbery?!  

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Hot springs website reveals the most popular user-picked onsen in all of northern Japan

The winning spot grabs the people’s vote for all of northern Japan for the fourth year in a row.

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That time we let Coca-Cola bottles predict our fortunes for the new year

Limited-time campaign comes complete with cute AR bunnies for the Year of the Rabbit.

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Yamagata cherries fetch record-breaking price at wholesale market’s first auction of the year

Here are some other food dishes that you could purchase with the same amount of yen.

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Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa woodblock print splashes into Lego art in early 2023

It will be nothing but smooth sailing when assembling your very own 3-D version of the world’s most recognizable wave.

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Mr. Sato orders Kura Sushi’s New Year’s kosechi meal for one but gets a chilly surprise

It’s almost like the New Year already wanted to give him the cold shoulder…or rather, a cold fish cake.

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Survey reveals how Japanese people plan to spend the 2023 New Year’s holiday

Questions explore the ongoing impact of the pandemic on family traditions and what people plan to spend the most money on for celebrations.

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We try the recommended way to eat Ippudo’s new instant cup rice…which involves twice the Ippudo

Ippudo’s new “pollack roe-flavored pickled mustard greens cup rice” recently landed on shelves at 7-Eleven Japan.

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7-Eleven Japan begins to implement new colorless food containers to reduce CO2 emissions

The new containers have already been rolled out at store locations in Japan’s northernmost prefecture Hokkaido.

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Survey reveals the most-played Pokémon games in Japan among other generational trends

Hint: The most-played Pokémon games are part of the Game Boy family of games.

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Is Jiro-style ramen takeout from the supermarket as good as the real deal?

We find out if this reasonably priced bowl stacks up to the ramen served at popular noodle chain Ramen Jiro.

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We visit the full-scale Evangelion statue in Kyoto and particularly delight in the food tie-ins

Sure, testing your Eva synchronization rate in the entry plug is pretty cool, but so is the food faithfully recreated from the anime.

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A new way to enjoy a cuppa: We try making curry with tea-brewed rice【SoraKitchen】

One simple tweak to your rice preparation results in a more flavorful dish of Japanese-style curry.

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Is this newly released sweet konnyaku, jelly or pudding? We try to sort out the custardy chaos

We unravel the true nature of the mysterious new flavor of Konnyaku Batake jelly that has our brains and our tongues in a twist.

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