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

Crowdfunded samurai sword-inspired kitchen knives now available for general sale

Now anyone can pretend to use Oda Nobunaga’s sword to cut onions!

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Kumamoto teacher suspended for slapping student on the head and kicking him for 35 minutes

But critics say that’s not a good enough punishment.

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Love Live! fans clash with feminists again over controversial poster, this time advertising tea

Sexy schoolgirl or stylized kimono-clad character? Which is better for advertising agricultural products?

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Pachinko parlor has weird way of combating COVID-19 that does nothing about swarms of customers

A popular pachinko place claims to be “following suggestions by city mayors“, but is what they’re doing helpful?

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Japanese driver in traffic jam gets the worst possible vehicle stuck behind him【Video】

How long could you listen to the same lines in a song over and over again before you completely lose it?

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Gross out your natto-hating friends with this incredibly realistic, sticky-looking train pass case

Or you’ll just make yourself hungry for natto and rice.

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We try a traditional Tokyo dish of stewed loaches, encounter something we’ve never seen before

A taste of the Edo-period past, and a new encounter

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Japanese Twitter user offers explanation for why Japan’s coronavirus outbreak has been so small

Despite not being on lockdown, why has Japan been able to keep coronavirus infection and fatality numbers so low?

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Survey ranks Tokyo as the most desirable Japanese prefecture to live in, bumping Kanagawa to #2

Top 10 results reveal the special places around Japan that people most want to live in.

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Corned beef taiyaki with melted cheese soon to be available for a limited time at popular chain

The usually sweet Japanese snack is getting a delightful savory edition.

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Funny Shiba dog had a silly reaction to eating natto, frightened its owners, made the vet laugh

Who would have thought that dogs would like natto?

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Japanese Aomori fishermen now available in collectible card form, garnering unexpected popularity

Fancy collecting pictures of shirtless hunky fishermen wearing rubber waders?

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Our male reporter got hair removed from his “delicate zone”, dishes on the whole experience

Hirazi tells us all the good and bad things that resulted from removing his pubic hair

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Four things our new-mother reporter felt riding the Tokyo subway with her baby

Our reporter worried she and her baby would be harassed on the trains, but what she experienced was quite unexpected.

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March 10 was Sato Day in Japan, so here are five wonderful things about our own amazing Mr. Sato

There’s a lot to love, but here’s what we love the most.

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325 cruise participants diagnosed with coronavirus have recovered, were released from hospital

And Japanese citizens wonder why no news stations were reporting the good news

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New limited-edition 3-D printed Japanese sweets designed with weather data now available in Tokyo

This is a one-of-a-kind sweet that you’ll never be able to get anywhere else, for a limited time only!

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We try Brozer’s ridiculous Tomato Spaghetti Burger because we love carbs and can’t help ourselves

And as expected, it was really good!

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Try Twitter-recommended Ring Fit Adventure for keeping your kids busy when everything is closed

Nintendo provides a way to work out your kid’s energy even if coronavirus has you stuck at home!

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Japanese Twitter impressed by online seller who added free masks to orders in light of shortage

A nice gesture from an anonymous person has Twitter users all a-titter.

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