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

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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Felissimo adds new “Tokyo Seeds” collection to its popular 500 Colored Pencils series

The Japanese mail order company’s new monthly pencil set release will undoubtedly have art lovers wanting to collect ’em all.

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Japanese Twitter user shares darkly compelling take on sushi restaurant’s advertisement

Once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee the backstory some think lies behind this picture.

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Tokyo music venue is looking for a band to live on the premises and perform every day for a week

Calling all indie bands in Tokyo – this could be your big break!

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Goalie kitty possibly gearing up for the 2018 Winter Olympics drives the internet wild【Video】

This little kitty could very well become Japan’s ice hockey ace at the next Winter Olympics.

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Japan travel bucket list: top places to visit in each prefecture before you die【Part II】

The second part of our Japanese bucket list dedicated to all travel enthusiasts!

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Japan travel bucket list: top places to visit in each prefecture before you die【Part I】

This bucket list is a two-part series dedicated to all travel enthusiasts in Japan. 

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What’s making these big, tough sumo wrestlers cringe? A tiny medical procedure, it turns out!

The Japan Sumo Association pokes fun at some of its star athletes who appear to hate getting shots just as much as the rest of us.

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Japanese monk band performs rockin’ live street performance on Christmas Eve【Video】

These Christmas carollers appear to be just a little bit Buddhist!

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Manga artist Kentaro Yabuki proves his godly skills with improvised drawings at comic exposition

A manga artist with a talent for sketching famous manga characters on the fly impresses backstage at this year’s Jump Festa.

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Salvatore Cuomo restaurants are offering an all-you-can-eat pizza & pasta lunch buffet for cheap

Craving some carbs? Indulge in this limited-time weekday lunch special for only 800 yen (US$7) per person.

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Drop the soy sauce and grab the salmon roe! Net users rave about ham sushi bento from Hokkaido

If you have an adventurous palate, get ready to entertain your taste buds with this new take on sushi!

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Bulma’s Dragon Radar is now up for grabs for those who wish to summon the Eternal Dragon

The new gadget is part of the celebrations for the Dragon Ball anime’s 30th anniversary, which first aired on February 26, 1986.

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