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

Manga artist raises question online about false perspective in Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro

Professional artist sheds light on Studio Ghibli’s unusual take on artistic perspective in the famous anime, but is it really a big deal?

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Unusual, nostalgic mailbox discovered in mountains of Shikoku tickles net users’ hearts

The usual red design found in Japan has been replaced by a throwback item from your childhood in one locale.

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We get a haircut by a stylist who cuts with katanas and fire at “Samurai Salon” in Spain

Our reporter travels all the way to Spain to meet an artistic hair stylist whose technique is a little sharper than usual

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Customers simultaneously amused and guilted by the name of this bread stand in Akihabara

Would you have a clear conscience when buying melon bread from here?

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Samurai Bottle Helmets are here to fiercely and elegantly adorn your bottles of booze

These sleek ornaments are perfect for a history buff interested in legendary warriors of the Sengoku period of Japanese history.

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Luxurious lounge only open to couples opens in Tokyo

The unusual admissions policy has raised some eyebrows, but it’s very apparent that this space is meant to appeal to a specific clientele.  

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Traveler in Japan filled with gratitude as bullet train conductor shares Shinkansen lifehack

Pro tip can help anyone with bulky luggage on Japan’s fastest trains.

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Son finds an unexpected culinary surprise in his family’s fridge

There’s definitely something a little bit fishy about the contents of this fridge.

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Hippest grandpa in Japan stuns online with magazine-worthy photo shoots【Photos】

The sweetest part is that “Silver Tetsuya’s” photographer is none other than his beloved grandson.

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Girls spotted crying in Tokyo’s Shibuya neighborhood for a startling, invisible reason

Net users largely sympathize with a pair of girls in Tokyo’s popular youth culture shopping district over the reason for their tears.

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“Top 20 Best Breakfast Hotels in Japan 2019” ranking has our mouths watering in anticipation

With the exception of the #1 spot, one Japanese prefecture is clearly dominating the breakfast game. 

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Japanese study finds KFC’s paripari crispy chicken sound increases blood flow in brain, appetite

Recent research study investigates the role that not only taste and smell play in increasing your appetite, but sound as well.

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First look at course menu items, pricing for upcoming Häagen-Dazs Matcha Salon in Tokyo

One thing is for sure: You’d better like green if you want to eat here.

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Shiba Inu boss lazes around in flowers while winning Japanese workers’ hearts

Thought your boss’ attitude was bad? At least they don’t lounge around in a pile of flowers all day!

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Lingerie store Yummy Mart teams up with Urusei Yatsura for new innerwear collection

Those noisy but endearing aliens are coming to invade your underwear this time around!

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Japanese net users speculate on a subtle design feature of the Toyota Prius…related to booze

Whether it was an intentional plan or a coincidental design, these net users’ imaginations have ensued in hilarity.

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Kimono rental shops in Kyoto and Nara offer Japanese-style hijabs to buy or rent

More stores in Japan’s ancient capital cities are now offering fully functional and fashionable hijabs to accommodate guests from all over the world

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Ripple glassware from Japan makes you feel like you’re eating on water

This delicate glassware combines traditional glass-blowing techniques with the latest in 3-D modeling technology.

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Japanese net user finds U.S. propaganda film from WWII and draws unusual conclusion

An American wartime propaganda video has one Japanese citizen reflecting on his nation’s societal structure today.

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Kamakura Warrior Tour now offering T-shirts that are the spitting image of real samurai armor

Now’s your chance to snag a samurai armor-inspired T-shirt during your next visit to Kamakura, a beautiful day trip destination from Tokyo.

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