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.

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New Virtual Japan travel service has Japanese Internet in stitches over its terrible CG

The concept is great, but the execution? Not so much.

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Man who refused to wear a mask on a plane got arrested again, this time for punching a policeman

After a disturbance he caused by–you guessed it–not wearing a mask.

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The top 10 most popular instant noodle brands at the start of 2021

Which brands and flavors are the best-selling in Japan right now? Let’s find out!

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Japanese man arrested for stealing women’s shoes and replacing them with new ones

“I just wanted to smell women’s shoes,” he said.

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Looking for a more accessible “Ramen Broth Hardening Powder”? Look no further!

If you’re looking for a good way to dispose of your leftover over ramen broth, but can’t get Cup Noodle’s powder, try this.

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We make our own version of Japan’s new Yakisoba Gyudon Omu Curry MIX bowl

We tried it out before it even became available in restaurants!

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Our reporter’s faith in the Google gods is shaken by a dubious online purchase of a luxury watch

Is Google a god, or is it just as fallible as man?

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Sukiya celebrates new Crayon Shin-chan anime film with special beef bowls topped with yakisoba

And one with an omelet and curry, too!

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We try out Nissin’s new Cup Noodle Broth Hardening Powder to see if it really works

Our reporter experiments…and learns the importance of not throwing your ramen broth down the sink

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Pandemic life hack: This Muji wet tissue box is perfect for storing disposable masks

That is, if you can get your hands on it.

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Petition to allow students to choose what they wear to school gathers almost 19,000 signatures

A coalition of students, teachers, and lawyers submitted the petition to the Japanese Ministry of Education on March 26.

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Upcoming Making of Harry Potter exhibition in Tokyo now has a website and a promotional video

It’s happening! The Making of Harry Potter really is coming to Tokyo!

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We order microwavable takeout ramen from a ramen shop…but is it as good as eating in-house?

Is getting ramen for takeout even worth it?

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Why is the Japanese wig industry flourishing in the pandemic when other businesses struggle?

Sales not of party wigs or cosplay wigs, but everyday wigs–especially for men–are booming right now!

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Our Japanese reporter eats instant ramen from a bag for (almost) the first time in his life

One little bag of ramen could be enough to change his life forever.

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We see an ad recruiting “Nose Hair Craftsmen”, get curious, visit the shop to see what it’s about

What is a Nose Hair Craftsman and what does one do?

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New, hand-sewn My Neighbor Totoro tote bags make perfect additions to your Ghibli collection

They come in two sizes and look stylish as well as functional. 

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New oyster-themed lingerie is delightfully weird, possibly sexy, based on tasty Hiroshima oysters

If oysters turn you on (even without eating them) then this lingerie is for you!

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Take a break from your hectic day with KitKat’s new “Spare Moment Almond and Cranberry”

Nestlé is back again with new KitKats for you to savor in between the busy moments of your life.

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Satisfy your sweet tooth and coffee craving with McDonald’s new Coffee Jelly Pudding Frappe

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This delicious bittersweet drink will satisfy all your cravings!

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