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 visit Moominvalley Park for a press event, find it super melancholy, exactly as it should be

Never has a theme park left us feeling so introspective before. 

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Yoshikitty is back! This time in unicorn-colored accessories with the Pastel Moon Collection

Pastel goth is Hello Kitty’s new style…and we’re into it!

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The new Shin Ultraman movie is out, and here’s what both an Ultraman fan and nonfan think of it

Is the new film something only for fans, or can anyone enjoy it?

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Have you tried Tokushima ramen? No? You should (says our obsessed Japanese-language reporter)

This relatively unknown local delicacy is well worth getting your hands on…if you can find it!

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Is fancy drinkable yogurt better than regular yogurt for marinating chicken? 【Taste Test】

We use a super thick and delicious product from Niigata to see if it will make our chicken super juicy!

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The new xxxHOLIC live-action adaptation is here with stunning visuals and costuming【Review】

Delve into a colorful and charming world for this reboot of an early 00’s classic.

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In an era of “next-level” foods, these fruit daifuku really do take it to the next level【Taste test】

So many places claim to serve “evolved” food these days, but there are some dishes that actually deserve that description!

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This tatami mat platform with built-in vibration speakers promises the ultimate sound experience

Don’t just listen to music; feel it with your body!

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Starbucks Taiwan’s new Mango on the Beach Frappuccino is full of fun, summery vibes

A delicious tropical dessert drink with a beachy appeal…the perfect drink for summer!

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New shoes from Converse will have both kids and adults showing off their love of Pokémon in style

Six Pokémon, ten different designs…how could we choose?!

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Sailor Moon celebrates 30 years with beautiful purse, accessory lines from Samantha Group【Pics】

Four Samantha brands are participating!

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Shigeru Mizuki’s world of Japanese yokai comes to life in new exhibition in Tokyo

“Betobeto-san” © 水木プロダクション (Mizuki Productions)

A parade of monsters is coming to Roppongi Hills this summer, and it sounds like a treat! 

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We try the second round of Mister Donut’s collab with Japanese confectionary maker Gion Tsujiri

Five new types of donuts with matcha and hojicha flavors? Count us in!

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The new Bake Off Japan on Amazon Prime is everything we ever wanted (aka more Bake Off!)【Review】

Bake Off Japan provides the same wholesome, endearing entertainment we know and love, with Japanese bakers, hosts, and judges!

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The world’s biggest Muji store opened in Hiroshima, and we went to check it out!

Over 7,500 products, locally sourced produce and food, eco-friendly initiatives…this Muji is amazing!

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We visit the new Japan branch of Wayback Burgers, try their vegan set, notice a big problem

Why does being eco-conscious have to be so hard?

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Taste-testing the Strawberry Mango Oolong Tea at Starbucks Taiwan

How does the earthy taste of oolong tea pair with fruity flavors?

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22 new kinds of Pokémon apparel coming soon from popular T-shirt brand Graniph

Lots of different Pokémon featured on many different kinds of shirts and dresses make for plenty of variety for your wardrobe!

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Ramen broth, but without ramen noodles? Japan’s Nadai Fujisoba takes soba to a bold new place

Does soba pair well with ramen broth? And will our expectations of the presentation meet reality?

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We test out the portable shower backpack Amazon recommended to us (which also only has two stars)

Why was this product recommended over others with better reviews? We try to find out. 

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