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 go to an old, hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant to eat Indonesian fried rice

Yes, even we wondered, “Why?”

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Nagoya soon to join Tokyo and get its own secret, members-only parfait bar

And if the crowdfunding campaign is anything to go by, it’s gonna be extremely popular!

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We bought the latest in low-rated fitness technology from Amazon: the Nejirunba

And then we brought it to the office for everyone to test out!

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Now you can set up your very own Secret Base with new Pokémon camping supplies

Camp out in style with these outdoor goods sold at Pokémon centers this fall!

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Japan’s biggest K-pop fans might just be senior citizens, survey shows

Fandom knows no age!

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Krispy Kreme Japan’s new “scary cute” Halloween donuts get us in the spooky spirit

Halloween has come to Krispy Kreme!

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We find “Yakushima Soba” on a mysterious menu at a souvenir shop at Yakushima Island’s airport

A slightly bizarre start made for a delicious meal you can only get on this remote southern Japanese island!

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Rock princess Avril Lavigne takes us back to 2002 with performance on Japanese YouTube channel

The singer-songwriter’s intimate, acoustic performance on The First Take reminded fans of what made Avril so great in the first place.

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Bikkuri Donkey isn’t only good for hamburger steaks–their breakfast is bomb too!

And once you try their Potato Salad Toast…you won’t want to order anything else!

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Nissin creates new combination Cup Noodles and we tried them all (by mixing them ourselves)

We gave ourselves a preview of the new Super Combination Cup Noodles!

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Matsuya’s Gorogoro Chicken Curry now comes in retort form…but is it as good as the original?

The Church of Gorochiki may have a second god to worship!

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This handy “Cat Help Memo Book” is great for providing for your pets in a worst-case scenario

But filling it out it will make you sentimental!

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Starbucks Japan announces first of its 2022 fall menu, designed by Starbucks employees

Get into the spirit of fall right off the bat with these tasty-looking upcoming items from Starbucks.

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A whole new way to eat somen noodles: Homemade somen canapés!【SoraKitchen】

This recipe will change the way you look at somen!

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Which Japanese conveyer belt sushi chain has the tastiest sea snail, if any?【Taste test】

Our reporter didn’t have high hopes for this taste test…Did it surpass his expectations?

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We try “Melon Bread Style Toast Spread”, designed to turn sliced bread into melon bread

But does it live up to our melon bread-loving expectations?

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Daiso vs. Seria: Which sells the better egg white whipper? We find out【SoraKitchen】

Two major 100-yen stores go head-to-head in a thrilling time-attack race!

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Our reporter buys a tiny kiddie pool from Daiso, has entirely too much fun with it

Look, it’s really hot out, okay?

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We visit a ramen bar in Croatia, meet a whole new version of ramen we can’t wait to make at home

This ramen was all kinds of unique…and we couldn’t help but love it!

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Former AKB48 idol who had to shave her head announces marriage to YouTube star

The idol singer formerly shamed for being in a relationship is now happily married!

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