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

Our Japanese language reporter visits a U.K. sushi chain, is blown away by its original “sushi”

It’s not necessarily a bad thing that the sushi was unique…but it sure surprised Seiji!

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At this Kyoto shrine, be careful what you wish for—and how—, because you just might get it

This shrine has built up a reputation for granting wishes, but not in the way you want it to.

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Keep your 2-D crush with you always with their special, AI-generated fragrance

A die-hard otaku’s best friend!

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Real-life doll Matt Kuwata scores first commercial with Black Thunder candy…and it’s very weird

We’re glad he got his major break, but…

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Could it be a ghost? Video of a floating rock in a Japanese cemetery spooks Japanese Twitter

The small rock bounced and spun around in the air for almost two minutes, even after being caught and touched by a person.

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We asked a Niantic insider 30 questions about Pokémon Go, learned a lot of useful information

A Niantic employee clears up some mysteries about the game.

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Our Japanese-language reporter dressed up to woo his celebrity crush, but it didn’t go as planned

Someone really should have warned everyone involved about what was going to happen.

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Tatami etiquette: Why you should never step on the threshold of a washitsu Japanese room

It’s a peculiar rule that even Japanese people don’t always understand.

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We turn into paranormal investigators, check out the “world’s scariest” haunted spot in the U.K.

Using a Japanese ghost-hunting device, we find out if Chillingham Castle is as haunted as they say.

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The top 10 Castles in Japan to visit in 2019, as ranked by TripAdvisor users

It’s time to plan your sightseeing campaign across Japan! Read More

Is this old clinic in Hiroshima haunted? Ask the ghosts inside who are playing with balloons

Balloons don’t just move on their own, right?

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Our Japanese language reporter P.K. offers a spooky tale, advice to protect yourself from spirits

It’s best to be ready for the Halloween season!

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James Corden joins comedian Naomi Watanabe, John Legend, others for hilarious SK-II commercials

Chinese actress Tang Wei also makes a special appearance!

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Japanese Twitter obsessed with app that revives the VHS camcorder recording quality of the ‘80s

The app turns your high quality smartphone camera into a handheld VHS camcorder

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Dad’s story about parenting on a train highlights Japan’s hidden prejudice against male parenting

Dads not playing a big role in parenting their kids has led to trouble for those who do.

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P.K. Sanjun buys Uniqlo’s new Shota no Sushi T-shirts, feels jaded because they’re so lame

Our Japanese language reporter and die-hard manga fan can’t hide his disappointment.

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Clever escape artist kitten is gonna get out of its cage no matter what, and you can’t stop it

This Japanese kitten is the very picture of feline determination.

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Starbucks vs. two popular Japanese coffee shops: Where can you get the most bang for your buck?

Based on selection and cost performance, we rank Japan’s top three coffee shops.

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Silent Bon odori dance?! Japan’s traditional summer festival gets a modern twist

The lively dance becomes a silent dance to appeal to younger audiences.

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Coca-Cola Japan in trouble as slumping sales, other problems put it in the red

Higher prices, lower asset values are hurting the soft drink king.

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