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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We drink a gold leaf-covered chocolate drink from Godiva and pretend we’re rich【Taste Test】

A delectable chocolate drink shrouded in gold? Count us in!

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Mr. Sato got a tiny figure of himself made and put in the Evangelion area of Small Worlds Tokyo

Look for Mr. Sato’s mini in the Tokyo-3 world!

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Cup Noodle celebrates selling over 100 billion units with special “Japanese slang” packaging

Test your knowledge of Japanese slang from the ’70s onwards with these limited-edition cup noodles!

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Fruits Basket anime cafe with limited-edition goods to appear at Princess Cafes in Tokyo, Osaka

Celebrate the continuation of the anime like royalty! 

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Sukiya’s upcoming “Triple Garlic Mix” menu items are so pungent they come with a breath refresher

Only the brave will take on one of these super garlic dishes!

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The future is here! Coronavirus prevention leads to holographic touch screens in everyday spaces

Soon we won’t have to worry about getting infected by a dirty touch screen!

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Tired of buying spicy cod roe that’s just not how you like it? Customize it with this new DIY kit

Spice up your mentaiko exactly how you want it!

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Missing the movies and fireworks shows? Get your fill of both at upcoming drive-in theater event

A movie with a fireworks finale? Sign us up!

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Okinawa’s new STEM Resort educational play center now open, is a kid’s colorful dreamland

Need a place in Okinawa to bring your kids? This is it!

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Pokémon Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka to have special Pokémon Café Mix-inspired menu

We’ve been waiting for the new cafe-themed Pokémon mobile game to be featured in the real-life Pokémon Cafes!

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Survey says more sixth graders in Japan aspire to work in medicine this year than last year

Perhaps thanks to the coronavirus, many kids might have a newfound respect for doctors and nurses.

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We visit Tokyo’s new all-plant-based cafe “Komeda Is □”

Is the new vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Ginza worth checking out?

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We tried eating a raw “mizu nasu” eggplant, and it tastes like a weird fruit【Taste Test】

This eggplant is supposed to be sweet like fruit…so we ate it like a fruit!

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Celebrate summer in style with a cold drink in these color-changing firework glasses【Video】

You don’t have to be in a crowd to enjoy fireworks this summer!

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Second part of sports anime Haikyuu’s fourth season finally airing in October, as the manga ends

The manga may be ending, but the games continue!

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We visit the Megaweb History Garage of classic cars, get to sit in a real-life DeLorean DMC12

Back to the Future fan Seiji Nakazawa just about died and went to heaven.

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Natsumi’s pink scooter from Weathering with You now on sale from Honda for a limited time

If you’ve wanted to race around the streets of your home town on a pink-and-white scooter like Natsumi, now’s your chance!

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Mr. Sato tries to make himself invisible by wearing mirror paper, creates cool modern art instead

As it turns out, wearing reflective material has multiple unintended side effects. 

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The first ever Doraemon ride is coming to Universal Studios Japan this summer

Feel like you’re in the world of the latest Doraemon movie on this new VR roller coaster ride!

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Keep wishing for the end of coronavirus with sickness-preventing yokai signature seals

When it comes to preventing a plague, you’ll want to do everything you can!

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