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

We try ice cream with a topping of natto fermented soybeans, because the Internet told us to

Salty things are delicious on ice cream…but no one ever said anything about stinky things.

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Japanese netizen’s sole talent of making dense foam out of face wash impresses Internet

This person may not think they’re good at anything else, but they sure are good at making bubbles.

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A month and a half later, how is Seiji’s hair doing after his hair transplant surgery?

Did it work? Or is Seiji doomed to a defiantly giant forehead forever?

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Silent drills by the Honor Guard at Japan’s National Defense Academy impress and awe【Videos】

It’s pretty impressive if you can twirl real life guns in perfect unison and/or sequence with dozens of other people.

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Japanese netizen kills time by learning to play a hit J-pop song on…calculators?

It was a moving rendition of Kenshi Yonezu’s “Lemon”.

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Awesome Russian sci-fi-themed capsule hotel has rooms that look like space bunkers

These futuristic rooms are a great place to stay if you find yourself in Vladivostok!

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We taste McDonald’s Japan’s brand-new garlic burger, shrimp sandwich, and more

How do the Gran Garlic Pepper, Ebi Filet-o, and Teriyaki Chicken Filet-o sandwiches stack up to McDonald’s regular fare?

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Japanese gamer tired of tapping for loot boxes invents automatic tapper using a wiener

What an amazing low-budget, DIY mobile gamer tool!

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We try the viral “McAffogado”: Does adding espresso to a Vanilla McShake really make it good?

A brilliant idea shared by British police officers spread all the way to Japan, so we had to give these milkshakes a “shot”.

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Pokémon Go warned players not to play during typhoons, players played anyway

Even though the game discouraged people from playing, for some players, the benefits outweighed the risks.

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Adorable Shiba thinks bedtime is playtime, won’t let owner ready his futon without a (play) fight

The world’s most popular Shiba, Maru, shows us that sleep is overrated!

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Pikotaro and the two Airis: A bittersweet story about miracles

Grab your tissues! Pikotaro is going to make you cry.

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Our Japanese language reporter visits Barcelona, decides to try Spanish “hosho maki” sushi

A strangely named sushi package grabbed our reporter’s attention, so of course he had to try it.

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Introducing Roland, King of the Hosts: Top earner and most successful host club host in Tokyo

The best at encouraging clients to spend money, he rakes in as much as US$375,000 per month. 

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A large number of men prefer women who are attracted to other women, study says

Apparently, men in China and the U.K. like women who tend to bat for both teams

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We test out Japanese megastore Don Quijote’s new mega-affordable smart watch

You can get this new smart watch with a heart rate monitor for just 3,980 yen, or less than US$40!

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Japanese reporters’ lame questions to tennis star Naomi Osaka embarrass netizens

The Japanese media is under criticism for its lack of interest in the actual sport of tennis

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We try out the R-rated “world’s smelliest burger” from a Tokyo burger cafe

Does this washed cheese burger smell as bad as advertised, and if so, what does it taste like?

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We try out super spicy “Raging Fire Wasabi” rice crackers that allegedly cause “pain” and “death”

A very dramatic sales pitch convinced Mr. Sato to make everyone in the office try them.

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Want to gift someone shoes but don’t know their size? Japanese Twitter has the solution

Japanese Twitter has the answer to all of life’s problems.

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