Dale Roll

Dale is a world traveler, but her heart will always be in Japan, and not just because she had to sell it to get enough money to FINALLY get that giant Lapras plushie from a UFO catcher. She spent her youth devouring East Asian pop music and dramas, and her student days with her nose in books about the Heian period and the history of Chinese medicine in Japan, so when she moved to Japan it was like a dream come true. She loved her life there and everything that Japan had to offer, but after grudgingly admitting that she loves her husband, whom she met there, even more, she moved with him to Spain. When she isn’t writing or struggling to speak Spanish that isn't mixed with Japanese, she likes to spend her free time eating tasty food, playing Pokémon, rewatching Sailor Moon, and annoying her husband with impromptu karaoke solos.

All Stories by Dale Roll

New Cup Noodles “The Fork” is perfect for getting those tiny bits at the bottom of your cup

Never waste any more noodles or toppings!

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New 40th Anniversary Mobile Suit Gundam eyeglasses are both stylish and nerdy, make great gifts

Use these mobile suit-inspired glasses to rep your favorite franchise in an understated way.

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Does running like Naruto really make you faster? A YouTube science channel investigates【Video】

Experiments have been done before…but never with a gold medalist sprinter!

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Feel luxurious, comfy, and magical in new Sailor Moon Luna and Diana bath robes from P-Bandai

Complete comfort representing two of our favorite anime cats!

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We went to a Japanese restaurant in Italy, ate green sushi, learned a lesson about taking it easy

Japanese food outside of Japan is not always what one would expect, but why worry about such a little thing?

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Our Japanese language reporter visits a manga shop in Spain, learns a lesson about manga fandom

The most popular manga at this Spanish manga mecca right now isn’t, in fact, Dragon Ball!

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Adorable video shows a bunch of cats tracking a stink bug flying back and forth across the room

Bright, keen eyes and turning heads makes this a very cute video.

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Netizens annoyed that Japan Self-Defense Forces had to announce that aid workers can use restrooms

It should really just be common sense, they say

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Boyfriend’s “cute” way of telling his girlfriend how much he loves her turns off Japanese Twitter

“If someone did this to me I’d beat them to death!” says one Twitter user.

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The top 10 hot springs Japanese travelers want to visit this fall

Nothing’s nicer on a cold autumn day than a hot outdoor bath while gazing at the changing leaves.

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Casio Baby-G teams up with Pokémon for special, limited-edition, anniversary Pikachu watch

Show off your love of Pikachu with a sporty watch!

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Japanese Twitter in an uproar about Tokyo ward that banned homeless from evacuation shelters

Many and much was said about the policy by Japanese netizens.

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We recreate the delicious-looking meatball stew from Laputa: Castle in the Sky【SoraKitchen】

Did you think the stew that appears in Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky looked good? So did we, so we made it.

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English reactions to A Day in the Life of a Japanese Salaryman video sadden Japanese netizens

Many were depressed by some of the comments made by overseas YouTube users who found the workday in the video long and tiresome.

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Pretty Cure fans stoked to see four Pretty Cure characters represented on Tokyo 2020 merchandise

Unlike the other franchises picked to be Tokyo Olympics spokescharacters, Pretty Cure is represented by many characters!

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Final results: Here’s what Seiji’s balding head looks like one year after hair transplant surgery

Now you can finally find out if his hair transplant surgery worked!

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These amazing, super realistic Ohmu action figures from Nausicaa are so worth paying US$300 for

Everything on these figures moves, from the eyes to the legs to the segments of the shell!

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We eat tasty egg sandwiches from Japan’s first branch of Eggslut, the U.S.-based breakfast shop

Their delicious eggs and delightful sandwich concoctions impressed Mr. Sato.

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We coordinate a head-to-toe look for just 1,000 yen

What kind of outfit can US$9.32 get you in Japan?

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Starbucks Japan releases special pen that you can also use to buy coffee

Who needs a credit card anymore?

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