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

Popular coffee brand and Mobile Suit Gundam team up to make limited edition Gundam can designs

Collect all 25 cans featuring mechas from the original Mobile Suit Gundam series!

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KitKat Pairing Bar, manned by AI pairing sake with Kit Kats, to appear in Tokyo this month

If you’ve ever wondered what kind of booze goes best with what kind of Kit Kat, here’s your chance!

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Japanese man arrested for opening door and jumping off bullet train while it was still running

The man was responsible for causing delays for dozens of trains and thousands of people.

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Having a bad day? You need to know this hashtag that will bring you peace, joy, and cute animals

Because nothing calms the heart like adorable, sleeping puppers, right?

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Uniqlo’s awesome new line of Nintendo T-shirts features stylish Super Mario, Splatoon designs

Uniqlo’s UT t-shirt brand never disappoints!

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Another women’s university in Japan to accept transgender women, the first in Kyushu

Another win for transgender rights in Japan.

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Celebrate your wedding with Hello Kitty at Japan’s Sanrio Puroland amusement park

When a church is just not romantic enough, have your wedding in the world of Hello Kitty!

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Young Splatoon 2 fan writes encouraging letter to Nintendo, stunned to get a personalized reply

Nintendo proves once again that it really values its fans. 

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Japanese newspapers announcing the new “Reiwa” era are being auctioned online for high prices

The making of history sure brings out the collector–and the greed–in people.

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Tomioka High Dance Club’s accomplishments grow as they dance in a classic ’90s-style commercial

These girls are climbing sky-high in their careers, and they haven’t even graduated yet!

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Japanese company’s sexual harassment seminar has a brutally honest opening exercise

Handsy old bosses, try this as a way to remember not to harass your female employees!

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Tokyo Disneyland changes the faces of their Mickey and Minnie costumes, breaks fans hearts

The difference is subtle, but to many fans, it’s significant.

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Japanese employee finds frightening warning in office bathroom, disguised as a friendly reminder

The hidden warning in a foreign language urged readers to run.

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We visit the new Moominvalley Park, have a great time and learn a few life lessons along the way

Even those who don’t know much about the Moomins will really enjoy this park!

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Japanese Twitter users make Osaka Metro’s English translation mistakes into running joke, memes

This is why you should never use automated translation software in a professional setting.

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Japanese women want men to get rid of their body hair, according to a recent survey

It would seem that nobody likes a hairy bod!

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Japanese Twitter community shocked to learn that train timetables are made with Microsoft Excel

When they could have been made with anything, it is kind of surprising to know they’ve been made with plain ol’ Excel.

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Diligent kitties conduct thorough bicycle examinations, keep the world safe for cyclists

No flaws will be missed under the thorough eyes of these meow-chanics!

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Funny case protects your iPhone from falling face down and cracking the screen using Murphy’s Law

If you are someone who’s always dropping your phone, you might want to invest in this case.

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Half-destroyed truck seen driving down Japanese highway, astounds drivers【Video】

Should you maybe not be driving that, for safety reasons?

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