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

Burger King rubs salt in Japan’s overworked wounds with limited-edition Premium Friday Whopper

In celebration of the Japanese government’s controversial work-life balance policy!…not.

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Japanese YouTuber goes to Argentinian slum to make “impactful video”, gets robbed instead

Quickly learns that not everywhere in the world is as safe as Japan.

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We try a rotating sushi chain’s super high-quality 3-layer caviar, sea urchin & fatty tuna sushi

For just 300 yen, you can try some of Japan’s most luxurious sushi ingredients, but is it worth it?

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Kumamoto Castle reconstruction well under way as the complex slowly reopens to visitors【Video】

Take a look at how one of Japan’s most popular castles is making its comeback. 

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Old-school train car and tourist information center in Shibuya set to move to Akita this summer

The iconic green train car that sits in front of Shibuya Station’s Hachiko statue is finding a new home.

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Cool automated Rubik’s cube found at Maker’s Faire floats, solves itself, blows our minds

How does it even work?!

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How to make your own ramen food sample with real ramen, in just 1.5 hours and -22.6 degrees C

A Hokkaido resident demonstrates. 

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Japanese fans ecstatic to see Takakao Matsu perform at Oscars with Idina Menzel and 9 other Elsas

She even wore a beautiful kimono on the red carpet!

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Cheap monthly subscription to Tokyo yakiniku restaurant lets us eat intestines every day for free

And it’s an all-you-can-eat plan, too!

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Final episode of Cup Noodle commercial Hungry Days featuring One Piece finally shows Luffy’s face

The iconic rubber-limbed main character’s high school version is…surprisingly normal-looking.

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Over 50 percent of single Japanese women in their 20s struggle to make ends meet, survey says

Young women in Japan are experiencing serious financial trouble. 

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Japan’s smallest sumo wrestler has clever message of inspiration if you look carefully

Sometimes a little change in perception is all you need. 

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Now you can buy a piece of a gut-busting android’s abs from Kamen Rider thanks to Premium Bandai

We have no idea why anyone would want one, but why the heck not?

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Japanese Twitter users surprised by overseas story of neighbors not complaining about loud noises

Because it’s hardly ever acceptable to play a musical instrument in an apartment complex in Japan

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Data shows Fukui Prefecture may be the best place to live in Japan, but survey results differ

A non-profit study sought to determine the best Japanese prefecture to live in, but found interesting discrepancies.

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Chocolate Ramen is back at chain restaurant Korakuen, with a new friend: White Chocolate Ramen!

You’ll want to give these limited-time-only delicacies a try before they’re gone!

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A company that sends flowers when your cat passes away? Japanese Twitter touched by sweet story

The world needs more good guy companies like this one

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We interview Japanese comedy duo Yumbo Dump, learn how to make noises with our bellies

Of course, Mr. Sato was also intrigued by their stories about performing overseas, but the weird noises were priority.

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Japanese Twitter all abuzz over this weird Frozen watch that transforms into a robot

I mean, we love Transformers as much as the next guy… but why does this exist?!

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Is the U.S. ambassador to Korea’s mustache really that big of a deal to South Koreans?

How offensive is Harry Harris’ mustache, truly?

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