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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Jimmy Choo and Sailor Moon collaboration brings us gorgeous high-fashion Sailor Scout shoes

You won’t need to look anywhere else for your next Sailor Scout cosplay–that is, if you have the cash to spare. 

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This hidden cafe in Tokyo’s Haneda Airport has no crowds and really delicious food

It might only be around for a short time, but it’s worth a visit if you’re traveling this spring!

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Apparently Calpis is good in soup? We try mixing it in with hot pot【SoraKitchen】

Is the popular milky soft drink too sweet for cooking, or the perfect addition? We find out!

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We eat some crazy delicious Chinese food outside of a U.S. Air Force base in Tokyo

Huge portions and a unique, original manju make this restaurant a must-visit in the area!

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Adorable cat-shaped slices of delicious Japanese bread now become Disney cats for a limited time

Cat-shaped bread and Disney characters? Shut up and take my money!

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Never oversleep again under the stern supervision of Japan’s Threatening Red Panda Nap Cushion

We’d sign up to be terrorized by something so cute anytime. 

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We found traditional pudding perfection in a brand new Tokyo cafe

In looks and flavor, this pudding knocked Mr. Sato’s socks off! 

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Mister Donut teams up with master patissier for second round of luxurious, limited-edition donuts

This round has just two donuts, but they’re enough to compete with the last round!

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In our search for crispy katsudon, we try a highly recommended place in a Tokyo university town

But reviews had us concerned about whether it offered what we wanted or not. 

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What does a kanji with 12 “kuchi” radicals mean? A look at weird, forgotten Japanese characters

Three dragons and three clouds…A straight line…An upside-down “child”…What could they mean?

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No hungry customers here: Kansai restaurant offers huge portions, meals with 3,500 calories

And every bite is delicious!

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New York Times makes a surprising pick for the best city to visit in Japan

Sure, Tokyo and Kyoto are nice, but this northeastern town is their top Japan travel pick.

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Hokkaido has an otherworldly giant hot spring that’s easy to miss if you don’t know where it is

Have you ever heard of this amazing sightseeing spot in Noboribetsu?

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Why are people moving in droves to Fukuoka Prefecture? We asked someone who did for some insight

What’s the appeal of the more rural southwestern prefecture over a centralized urban lifestyle?

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Japanese passport ranks yet again as the most mobile in the world in 2023

You can go almost anywhere with a Japanese passport!

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We turn our home into one of Japan’s favorite cafes with at-home chocolate croissant baking kit

Delicious, fresh-baked chocolate croissants whenever we want them? Yes, please!

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Kagoshima City releases catchy promotional video with weird dancing, bushy eyebrows, no pants

You may not have ever thought about visiting Kagoshima City before, but we bet you will after seeing this video!

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Converse teaming up with Cup Noodle for three pairs of shoes inspired by iconic packaging

A collab between a top instant noodle company and a top shoe producer–what more could we want?

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Levi’s lucky bag has tremendous value packed inside…but are they things we’ll actually wear?

We decide if the popular American jeans brand delivers this year. 

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Is Village Vanguard Outlet’s 2023 lucky bag filled with 60,000 yen worth of trash or treasure?

As usual, we cannot resist the lure of a tremendous bargain–even if all we get is useless junk. 

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