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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Celebrities slam katsu curry, divide netizens: “It’s a dish where 1+1 never actually makes 2”

Are you Team “Katsu Curry”? Or Team “Katsu or Curry”?

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Suntory to increase the price of 31 whisky products by up to 28 percent next year

The beverage company hopes the increases will help build the capital needed to increase production. 

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Survey reveals most Japanese workers want to work from home at least twice per week

Younger and older workers did have different ideas of what the ideal number is, though. 

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Two Sailor Moon musicals will stream online for overseas fans this winter

If you couldn’t make it to these shows in Japan, worry not: now’s your chance to watch them online!

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Egyptian restaurant Sumo Sushi offers our Japanese reporter a delightful yet quirky lunch

Interesting decor, enticing food names, and endearing staff made this a meal Ikuna will always remember!

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Enjoy a pint in Japan’s oldest beer hall, now designated a Tangible Cultural Property

Get a drink and a taste of history from this 87-year-old Ginza drinking den!

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Three amazing things about Yonaguni Island, the westernmost point of Japan

There are a lot of surprises in store for our city-dwelling, Honshu-native Japanese reporter. 

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Okonomiyaki you can eat with one hand? We try a revolutionary new frozen food【Taste test】

How do you transform a flat saucy food into a handheld form, and is it any good?

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Japan’s first-ever Tarot Card Museum opens in Tokyo, perfect for art and occult lovers

For now, you can observe rare tarot cards on display, but there are lots of events to come!

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Does Lawson’s new “A Happy Pancake the Drink” live up to our pancake-loving expectations?

We try out the newest “drinkable food.”

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What should you use table salt for at a sushi restaurant? We asked a kaitenzushi maniac

It turns out there’s a number of things you can put salt on, besides french fries!

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We eat at three Japanese family restaurants to find the one with the best-value breakfast

At which Family Restaurant do you get the best meal for your money at breakfast time? We find out!

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New seasonal menu at the Kirby Cafe will keep you warm, full and happy this winter

Plus, many of the new dishes come with special collectible items!

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New adorable, two-color Vulpix airplane will take you to Hokkaido, not even for a limited time

Get ready for a new Pokémon-themed airplane!

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Preorders now open for Samurai Teddy Bears made by classic German toy maker Steiff

Super snazzy samurai armor-wearing teddy bears will be ready for your next Children’s Day display!

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We visit a Harajuku cafe where you can customize food with your favorite idol’s member color

Cafe de Lapis has not only beautiful and delicious food, but it’s idol otaku-friendly!

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Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade returns after nearly two years

The long-awaited parade is finally back, along with extended park hours!

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What are the most popular Gundam model kits in Paris? French Bandai Store gives us the answer

And we learned a lot about Gunpla in the process!

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We tried teleworking from the Narita Express at Shinagawa Station with JR East’s Station Work

What’s it like to telework from a luxury express liner? 

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We try Komeda Coffee’s new meatless ham katsu burger, and never want real fried ham ever again

Who knew soy meat could be so good?!

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