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

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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Experience your own “miracle romance” in one of these Sailor Moon summer kimono sets

In the name of the moon, you should wear these yukata!

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Introducing Virtual Currency Girls, the new electronic money-themed, educational idol group

Improve your knowledge of financial trends through idol devotion.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】Yodobashi Camera offers up a tablet box of techie dreams

Popular retail chain Yodobashi Camera sets the bar high with their “Tablet Computer Dreams i” New Year’s gift box. 

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New app lets you traverse the streets of modern Tokyo and ancient Edo at the same time

The Edo Past and Present Wanderings app appeals not only to old map buffs, but to anyone with a sense of adventure

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Cute sisters in Japan take a snowy spill perfectly in-sync with each other【Video】

Seriously, someone give them the number to the Radio City Rockettes. 

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【Monday Kickstart】See the silly kitty and more vying for the prize in the “Pet Bragging Contest”

This particular kitty seems to be a disciple of Maru’s “If I fits, I sits” School of How to Cat. 

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This incredible train station collage is made out of over 150,000 pieces of what?【Pictures】

Perhaps the real question is: Did an Osaka station attendant miss their true calling?

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Last chance today! Earn a free donut at the Google Home Mini Donut pop-up store in Tokyo

For those who like to indulge in a diet of “hole” foods–just be careful not to take a bite out of one of the speakers by mistake! 

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Exasperated Tokyoite can’t escape Halloween, discovers Halloween personified in his taxi driver

It’s been almost one week since Halloween has come and gone, but one holiday story is still making Japanese internet users smile.

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30th anniversary celebratory Ranma 1/2 Cafes to open in three major Japanese cities【Pictures】

Longtime Ranma fans can indulge in a bevy of lovingly crafted dishes with clever nods to the series and even experience some VR entertainment while waiting for their orders. 

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Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon revealed to be the last Pokémon RPGs for the Nintendo 3DS

A number of clues point to the most likely candidate for Pokémon‘s console successor. 

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Let it be known that the world is not ready for terrifying Macho Pikachu【Pics】

The danger of having too much free time and too much artistic talent.

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