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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This Tokyo apartment complex lets you paint your room, offers community BBQ and camping gear

And it has a community DIY workroom!

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Titan trash can to be placed near a Coca-Cola vending machine in Oita to help promote recycling

Hopefully it will help people realize they’re not supposed to throw trash in recycling bins.

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New Japanese gadget is like a toaster for instant food pouches, gets you fed in a jiffy

Make warming up instant foods even easier than before!

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Suntory to release new Yamazaki smoke-barrel aged plum liqueur in limited quantities

The perfect drink for fans of both peaty whisky and ume-shu!

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Survey shows that many Japanese business people’s sleep patterns have changed since teleworking

More naps, more early bedtimes, and even more difficulty sleeping are some of the changes people experienced.

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New line of Super Mario loungewear has the perfect pajamas for your stay-at-home life

Shirts, pants, sweaters, cushions, blankets, slippers, all with Super Mario characters. What more could you need?

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New Pokémon PON name stamp collection lets you stamp your name on anything

Choose from one of the original 151 Pokémon, and customize it however you like!

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New COVID-19 delta variant discovered in Japan, believed to be domestically mutated

But what this means for the pandemic is yet to be determined.

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Late night? Get a free ride home in a taxi designed for napping

Aromatherapy…a free eye mask…soothing music…a relaxing drink. This could be the best way to get home!

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We check out Films Wako, a “social apartment” building with a movie theater inside

And the price for a room is actually super reasonable!

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Tired of your usual camping fare? Try this easy Japanese festival favorite【SoraKitchen】

Or make it at home to bring festival food to you!

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Mickey Mouse stars in kabuki poses on new line of limited-edition, Tokyo-only goods

Plus, be the proud owner of Disney-decorated Kyoto traditional handicrafts!

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We try a viral Chinese TikTok recipe for spicy ramen using Sprite soda in the broth【SoraKitchen】

What could “Sprite Noodles” taste like?

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Survey asks which country’s fashion is the most influential in Japanese street style

You might be able to guess which country came out on top!

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Experience Akihabara Station in a VR world, then ride the train to a virtual marketplace!

This digital recreation is super realistic! 

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Tokyo’s newest micro pig petting zoo and cafe doubles as a community outreach center

Play with adorable pigs, relieve stress, and support a great cause!

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Celebrate famous works of art AND cats with these adorably clever “Cats in Art” capsule toys

Collect all five and create your own “Nyanko Museum!”

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Georgian Paralympic judo athlete arrested for attacking a security guard in a Tokyo hotel

The Olympic Organizing Committee is considering what kind of punishment he’ll receive, on top of any legal repercussions.  

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Sake and Japanese convenience store ice cream go great together, but there’s an even better combo

Elevate your summer with a deliciously cold, boozy dessert!

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Japanese beef bowl chain Matsuya now lets you exchange your rice for a salad, for free

Cut the calories and the carbs, even at a fast-food chain!

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