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

Pet owner’s saga of buying a kotatsu for her cat doesn’t go as planned (or does it?)

We suppose the moral of the story is that cats will be cats.

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Japanese Twitter debates the best breathing technique to put yourself to sleep

Arrive at your sweet dreams using the ultimate 4-7-8 technique…or was it 4-4-8? 

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Taiwanese model selling fish draws a crowd to her family’s business【Videos】

Is there something a little bit fishy about this fishmonger?

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Calendar sales of a certain foreign world leader are surpassing those of native stars in Japan

Perhaps even stranger still, this particular person has achieved an almost cult-like status among some Japanese women.

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2018 Top 20 Day Trip Onsen Hot Spring and Spa Ranking in Japan

No trip to Japan is complete without a dip in one of the country’s quintessential hot springs.

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Net users take issue with mobile phone game’s graphics being “moe-fied” for Japanese release

Unnecessary revamping of graphics leads some to view it as a case of anime-ization gone too far

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Could Spirited Away’s Yubaba actually be the ideal boss that Japan’s workforce needs?

Japanese Twitter users weigh in on thought-provoking post discussing the qualities that make Yubaba an effective manager.

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Beloved Fruits Basket manga to finally receive a complete anime adaptation next year

What’s one more year of waiting for fans after 17 years?

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Spinning Pikachu toy from Taiwan lights up in a dizzying tornado of madness

This toy makes us wonder if Pikachu missed a lucrative career as either a breakdancer or a strobe light by sticking around with Ash too long.

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Japanese tourist cries tears of joy over creative installation of origami in the UK

Famous British botanical gardens include a clever use of origami art in a holiday display. 

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Our reporter transforms into a cool rock star with the help of some fashion experts

Still riding the Halloween high, our guy gets his biggest dream realized in the most rockin’ way.  

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Elementary school uses clever trick to get everyone to dispose of their chopsticks properly

Both the children and the adults have gotten in on the fun while also sharing their future dreams (and lamentations). 

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We interview voice actress Shoko Nakagawa, learn what gave her the greatest shock of her career

The prolific voice actress dishes on her experiences dubbing the Japanese-language version of Venom and in the anime voice acting industry.

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TEPCO in hot water for use of tasteless hashtag in recent tweet about Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japanese net users upset over the power company’s use of a slang term commonly found in anime.

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Fujisawa Enoshima Fireworks Festival results in one ton of garbage strewn on the beach

Shocked net users lament the beachside paradise littered with garbage–an uncommon occurrence in usually tidy Japan.  

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Can you clear this impossible mini-game on Baby Star Ramen’s website?

People who enjoy searching for needles in a haystack will love this game. The rest of them may have a sudden urge to pull their hair out

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“I’m almost embarrassed by how good it is”: Our reporter really, really loves this fried rice

Think of this piece as our Japanese reporter’s love confession to this particular brand of frozen fried rice in honor of “Frozen Food Day.”

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We taste makunouchi bento at four Japanese convenience store chains【Taste comparison】

Our reporter shares which version of this classic style of bento (all for 430 yen/US$3.83 or under) overwhelmingly stole his heart and stomach.

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Retro Showa-era cafe in Tokyo features good food and nostalgic game fun【Photos】

Visit this tucked-away cafe in a popular sightseeing area to experience the atmosphere of a place where time has stood still

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Girl so scarred by souvenir from Tokyo Tower Aquarium that she doesn’t want to go to school

Something about this toy seems more than a little bit fishy.

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