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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Gyu-Kaku campaign brings special veggies and sauce “Vege-Kaku” set to the menu for summer

The popular yakiniku chain is offering the set for the duration of the summer at participating locations throughout Japan.

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Glass Mask themed cafe to open in Osaka next week, delectable dishes and sweet treats abound

Patrons will be able to immerse themselves in the world of a classic shojo manga through this collaborative cafe. 

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An anime film to overtake Your Name? This one might just have what it takes【Video】

This upcoming film slated for a February 2018 release will also mark the directorial debut of female anime screenwriter Mari Okada

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Soccer star Keisuke Honda encourages kids not to play video games to become pros

While an eager audience of children hung onto his every word, his pep talk appears to have ruffled Japanese net users for an amusing reason.

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Japanese net users amused by Tirol Chocolate’s unusual but playful way of sharing big news

Tirol Chocolate, also pronounced as Chiroru Choko in Japan, recently won over fans with their rather unconventional way of announcing that the company president was changing. 

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Cuttlelola’s electric DotsPen is now available for purchase for artists in Japan

This one-of-a-kind pen is ready to put a new spin on Pointillism art in the 21st century. 

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Japanese commercial for upcoming Dragon Quest XI evokes nostalgia and excitement all at once

“Now, the time for heroes has come again” …those very Heroes who used to stay up past their bedtimes and come to dinner late when on a quest!

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SmartBoy gadget lets you relive your favorite childhood games on your smartphone

Had your fill of Pokémon Go? Use this device to play classic Game Boy-era games on your phone’s display!

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Sailor Moon invites Sanrio character My Melody in on the fun for 25th anniversary celebration

Fans of magical girls and Sanrio, rejoice–this is truly a collaboration destined by moonlight.

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Net user shares clever discovery to make her boss feel concerned and let her go home early

This worker discovered a surprising trick which makes use of only one simple object for a potentially epic lifehack. 

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Dog’s startled reactions to hedgehog pal take over the Japanese Internet【Monday Kickstart】

We can’t really blame the doggo for wanting to stay on guard around the walking pincushion.

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Tokyo Tower turns into Final Fantasy’s Crystal Tower tonight for 30th anniversary event kickoff

The project stems from a collaborative effort between one of Tokyo’s biggest landmarks and the celebrated video game series, which turns 30 this year.

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We tried Japan’s first nitro cold-brew coffee at the Starbucks in Tokyo’s new GINZA SIX

Starbucks and coffee nuts alike shouldn’t miss out on this unique, luxurious method of coffee preparation.

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U.S.-Japan release collaborative video of support one year after Kumamoto earthquakes【Video】

On the Road to Recovery: The People of America and Kumamoto Join Together is a beautiful clip that encourages the people of Kumamoto to be positive during recovery efforts.

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Our Japanese-language reporter dishes on the differences between cool guys in Tokyo and Osaka

Seiji Nakazawa, our Osaka-raised correspondent, shares what he thinks the region-based criteria are for ikemen in Japan’s two major cites.

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Survey reveals the top 10 worst behaviors to have while on a conveyor-belt sushi date

Listen up, sushi romantics–the following types of misconduct at a revolving sushi restaurant will probably cost you a second date.   

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The gloomy faces of a father-son pair on a Disney ride go viral on Twitter for a funny reason

Tokyo Disneyland has been called “the land where dreams come true” and “the most magical place on Earth,” but never “the land of complete sullenness.”

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University of Tokyo students can show off school pride with new jacket boasting ID display pocket

The upcoming product arose out of a collaboration between two University of Tokyo students and a Japanese fashion designer.   

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Failed your important entrance exams? That’s too bad–here’s a steak to make you feel better

For the second year in a row, this chain of Kyoto butcher shops is offering a bittersweet deal to those whose dreams were dashed.
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New York City’s Yuji Ramen is coming to Japan’s Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum next month

In an instance of “reverse importation,” the American eatery’s noodle soup will soon be featured at Japan’s preeminent ramen museum. 

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