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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New limited-edition Sailor Moon masks on sale at the Sailor Moon Store

Wear your love for Sailor Moon front and center!

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Anime song dance performance group Real Akiba Boys: combining the otaku life with street dancing

Anime music and breakdancing? Sign us up!

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Chuka Zanmai instant ramen offering ultra luxurious limited-edition two-meal seat for $50

Ever wanted to try instant shark-fin noodle soup?

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Does your butt get cold in the winter? Try this butt heater cushion to keep you warm and cozy

Complete with a cushion and a heat pack, this set is great for the office, at home, or for outdoor events!

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Parents of bullied teenage girl who committed suicide commission portrait to “attend” Seijinshiki

Move sparked controversy among Japanese netizens. 

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Luxury Spanish leather designer Loewe releases limited edition My Neighbor Totoro collection

Luxury fashion combined with a classic anime film…do we need to say more?

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We try a rotating sushi restaurant in New Delhi, are surprised to find no rotating sushi

Our Japanese-language reporter learns to appreciate cheap, Japanese conveyer belt sushi.

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Coming of Age Ceremonies in Tokyo changing form due to COVID-19 State of Emergency

As with everything in the age of coronavirus, things are a little different this year.

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Here’s why Japanese supermarkets play “cheap” background music all day, according to Twitter

There’s a reason why they don’t play other kinds of music!

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Japan’s favorite Pokémon types by prefecture–which types are the most popular?

You might guess the most popular Pokémon type in the country, but each prefecture might surprise you!

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High school students create petition to change the name of Family Mart’s “Mom’s Diner” line

These students object to the unconscious sexism of the name.

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We visit a Brazilian buffet in Shimane Prefecture, eat so much beef and sausage we forget dessert

The food was delicious, even though we didn’t get to try Brazil’s most famous dish. 

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Is it okay to bleach hair that has been surgically transplanted? Seiji reports on his hairline

Our resident otaku signed up to be the Internet’s guinea pig…the first to document bleaching his transplanted hair.

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The Mos Burger x Rilakkuma lucky bag is a treat for Rilakkuma fans, has some Mos Burger value too

One of Japan’s most covered lucky bags, and with good reason!

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Relive an iconic scene from anime Weathering with You with Japan’s rentable Hina umbrellas

Take Hina with you for all kinds of weather this weekend!

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Hello Kitty collab with coffee shop Doutor offering tasty, kawaii treats, limited-edition goods

 

Drinks and food and goods galore!

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Want to know who voices that one character in the anime you’re watching? There’s an app for that

With the magic of smartphones, find out who’s starring in an anime while barely even lifting a finger.

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Pokémon teams up with eyewear company JINS for 59 new stylish glasses for adults and kids

Keep your favorite Pokémon with you wherever you go with these fashionable new glasses.

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We try cooking lots of things with Japan’s double-decker one-person bento box-sized rice cooker

The new version of the popular cooking bento box boasts of cooking other things…but does it really work?

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We try out 7-Eleven’s new home delivery service

Is ordering 7-Eleven online for delivery better than going in-person?

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