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

Japanese Twitter in an uproar about Tokyo ward that banned homeless from evacuation shelters

Many and much was said about the policy by Japanese netizens.

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We recreate the delicious-looking meatball stew from Laputa: Castle in the Sky【SoraKitchen】

Did you think the stew that appears in Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky looked good? So did we, so we made it.

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English reactions to A Day in the Life of a Japanese Salaryman video sadden Japanese netizens

Many were depressed by some of the comments made by overseas YouTube users who found the workday in the video long and tiresome.

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Pretty Cure fans stoked to see four Pretty Cure characters represented on Tokyo 2020 merchandise

Unlike the other franchises picked to be Tokyo Olympics spokescharacters, Pretty Cure is represented by many characters!

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Final results: Here’s what Seiji’s balding head looks like one year after hair transplant surgery

Now you can finally find out if his hair transplant surgery worked!

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These amazing, super realistic Ohmu action figures from Nausicaa are so worth paying US$300 for

Everything on these figures moves, from the eyes to the legs to the segments of the shell!

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We eat tasty egg sandwiches from Japan’s first branch of Eggslut, the U.S.-based breakfast shop

Their delicious eggs and delightful sandwich concoctions impressed Mr. Sato.

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We coordinate a head-to-toe look for just 1,000 yen

What kind of outfit can US$9.32 get you in Japan?

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Starbucks Japan releases special pen that you can also use to buy coffee

Who needs a credit card anymore?

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Japanese Twitter rallies around user who was betrayed by their family with touching sympathy

Japanese Twitter shows that the Internet isn’t all savage memes and fighting about politics.

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Become your favorite animal with these realistic onesies, complete with pullover masks

The perfect accessory for when you want to come home and pretend you’re not an adult, but still look cool.

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Talented YouTuber and “Disney freak” from Japan makes awesome and funny Disney videos

Vell’s singing, dancing, and acting all make for a very entertaining, Disney-centered YouTube channel.

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“Bully insurance” now on the rise, with many more practical uses than just insuring bullying

Parents in all sorts of predicaments can benefit from this low cost, expansive insurance policy. 

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Video of man throwing fireworks at an oncoming train frightens Japanese net users

Many who viewed the video worried that his behavior could escalate. 

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Our Japanese language reporter visits a U.K. sushi chain, is blown away by its original “sushi”

It’s not necessarily a bad thing that the sushi was unique…but it sure surprised Seiji!

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At this Kyoto shrine, be careful what you wish for—and how—, because you just might get it

This shrine has built up a reputation for granting wishes, but not in the way you want it to.

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Keep your 2-D crush with you always with their special, AI-generated fragrance

A die-hard otaku’s best friend!

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Real-life doll Matt Kuwata scores first commercial with Black Thunder candy…and it’s very weird

We’re glad he got his major break, but…

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Could it be a ghost? Video of a floating rock in a Japanese cemetery spooks Japanese Twitter

The small rock bounced and spun around in the air for almost two minutes, even after being caught and touched by a person.

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We asked a Niantic insider 30 questions about Pokémon Go, learned a lot of useful information

A Niantic employee clears up some mysteries about the game.

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