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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Now you can cuddle both cats and lovable robots at new Lovot store in a Kawasaki pet store

This has got to be the best way to destress!

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Starbucks to sell limited-edition hojicha latte cups at convenience stores for the summer

Love the roasted variety of green tea? Then you don’t want to miss this!

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Crowd-funded hakama roomwear doubled its funding goal, is now available to everyone

The “Yuru Hakama” are here to keep you comfy and stylish at home!

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Does this “Mother Milk” eau de toilette really smell like a newborn baby? We ask a baby

A sniff test reveals surprising results. 

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This delicious naan-focaccia combination is the one thing we want for dessert right now【SoraKitchen】

We experiment with three different mixes to satisfy our particularly peculiar cravings!

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New Godzilla mobile game lets you raise your own Godzilla, race it against other monsters

Run Godzilla is a bizarre game full of spirit and good fun.

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Historic Asakusa shopping street in danger as Taito Ward calls for shop evictions

Decades-old shops kept in families for generations could be shuttered as a result.

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Spooky dystopian “State of Emergency” ads make Hakata Station feel like the world of Evangelion

These ads make us wonder if we’re taking the state of emergency seriously enough! 

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New Silent Theater in Tokyo lets you lounge on couches with headphones while watching movies

A huge screen, comfy sofas, and no noise complaints? A dream come true!

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Japanese manners coach’s tips for elegantly eating sandwiches has people baffled

Have we all been eating our sandwiches wrong all this time?

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Kappa Sushi’s newest menu item is just sushi rice, but we’re not that mad about it, honestly

Kappa Sushi is revitalizing its sushi…starting with its rice!

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Live your life hands-free and let these huge hands from Village Vanguard hold everything for you

Never hold your own smartphone or drink again!

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We try a skincare device that’s supposed to improve the effectiveness of our beauty products

Does Panasonic’s Ion Effector actually help your moisturizer penetrate your skin better?

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We take a ride on Seibu Railway’s futuristic luxury liner: the Limited Express Laview

The recently added train feels like a blast into both the future and the past!

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Refresh your mind, body, and soul at Temple Camp Daitaiji, the first temple to open to campers

Enjoy nature and experience Buddhist traditions, all in one.

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Have a Super Mario Summer with Nintendo’s newest line of outdoor leisure products

Spruce up your at-home camping with these awesome Mario goods!

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Could Piplup be the newest face of Pokémon? Mysterious, cute video prompts speculation

Piplup fans, your time has come!!

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This sandwich bento with 120-year history from Kamakura is a masterful example of how less is more

Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, because that’s what makes it shine!

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Can’t have a pet in your home? This purring cat cushion is the purr-fect substitute

Have a pet without having a pet in the form of the Meowever Cushion.

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These super thick, extra-crunchy potato chips are the answer to your salty snack cravings

Handmade chips in lots of flavors from a local, Fukuoka-based company? Sign us up!

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