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

The first ever pizza-dispensing vending machine in Japan is now operating in Hiroshima

And the pizza it makes is actually good, according to Japanese netizens.

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Can a wig be made solely using 100-yen store products? Go investigates

You may (or may not) be surprised by the end result!

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The results are in! Team Mexico wins the 2018 World Cosplay Summit【Photos & Videos】

All of the teams were awesome, but Team Mexico’s fantastic costumes and amazing choreography won them the championship!

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90-year-old Japanese granny is learning English from her grandchild, and it’s extremely precious

This granny might be starting late, but that is not going to stop her!

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Petition to protest bulldozing of Ghibli-featured shrine gathers over 10,000 signatures worldwide

The people have made it clear that they want the shrine to stay, but will that be enough to save it?

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Whimsical new Vietnamese bridge looks like it’s held up by the hands of gods

It looks like it could be a set from The Lord of the Rings!

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Japanese netizens share amazing anecdotes of cats understanding human speech

Heartwarming tales from multiple netizens suggest that cats, especially stray “boss” cats, are smarter than we thought.

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Chinese company’s employees eat out of a urinal to prove how much they value hygiene【Video】

Apparently this Chinese tea company takes sanitation very seriously.

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Cute and comfy women’s-only hotel in Kyoto has everything you need for the perfect girls’ trip

This stylish new hotel has plenty of convenient amenities, and a great location to boot.

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Why is the iPhone the smartphone of choice for young Japanese women?

Although there are plenty of brands to choose from in Japan, the iPhone remains the most popular smartphone for young women.

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Japanese summer is worse than summer in Death Valley, says our correspondent, a seasoned traveler

What makes Japanese summer more unbearable than the harsh heat of the desert?

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Japanese high school student makes gross yet cool action figure out of bugs

“He invaded the earth and survives as the fittest of the bug world.”

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We try out “instant rice balls”, prepared with water, to see if they’re actually tasty

These rice balls are meant to be cooked easily and to last for a long time…but do they sacrifice flavor for function?

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It’s so hot in Japan that people are cooking food in/on their cars【Photos】

Too busy to cook after work? This might be a solution for you.

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Japanese child’s sad story of learning that “goodwill” is sometimes just “self-satisfaction”

It’s a hard truth they learned early on in life.

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New bright blue salad dressing now available, promises Instagram-worthy restaurant dishes

Thanks to this new product we might be seeing a lot more blue food at restaurants in Japan over the next few months.

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Creative Thai snack commercials are clever and funny, but also perplexing and weird

And yet for some reason you’ll still want to eat these snacks.

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Super compact, foldable electric motorcycle soon to be available in stores in Japan

More fun than a bike, more convenient than a scooter, the Blaze Smart EV is the best new way to get around town.

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Häagen-Dazs ice cream sandwich milkshakes now available at pop-up cafe in Tokyo【Taste Test】

Häagen-Dazs fans will want to check out this limited-time-only cafe before it’s gone at the end of the month!

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Victim of 3.11 to people who have never suffered a disaster: Don’t send origami cranes to shelters

What many may think is well-intentioned well-wishing may not actually be all that well-received by victims of natural disasters.

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