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

New light-up keyboard makes it feel like you’re traversing space and time with every letter

It’s a mesmerizing light show with every tap of the keys!

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Japanese netizens rank the top 10 most memorable Final Fantasy bosses

Which bosses over the years left the biggest impression on Japanese Final Fantasy fans?

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Japanese smartphone users rank the 10 mobile phone games they play the most

The results come from a mobile survey, in which they also shared how much money they spend on in-game purchases.

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Subpar AKB48 performance in Thailand earns scalding remarks from netizens 【Video】

Apparently it was so bad that Thai music fans wondered, “Are these really idols?”

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The newest game to drive you up the wall is out: Introducing Trap Adventure 2 【Video】

It may be as infuriating as Flappy Bird…but it’s way funnier to watch.

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Shamisen player, guitarist, and violinist team up for epic impromptu street collaboration 【Video】

They’d never met before, but when they rocked out together they made some incredible music.

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The details are in about Universal Studios Japan’s upcoming Sailor Moon 4-D attraction!

More information about the original story of the attraction was released as well as photos of some sweet limited-edition merchandise only available at this event!

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Taiwanese ice skating fans come to the rescue when power blacks out during skaters’ performance

What do you do when the power goes out during your favorite sport? Bust out your cellphone, of course!

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Japanese netizens rank the top 10 iconic characters that represent Japan

You bet your bottom dollar Pikachu is going to be on the list…but how high?

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Japanese Twitter loves adorable cats’ reactions to Monster Hunter: World’s Felyne voices【Videos】

These kitties just can’t figure out where the sounds are coming from!

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China bans rap music in an effort to reduce “vulgar” culture

Since January 23, rap artists are no longer allowed on public broadcasts in China.

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This Valentine’s Day, wow your special someone with boozy samurai warlord chocolates!

They’re tasty, pretty, educational, AND contain liquor, so they’re guaranteed to please!

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Japanese Twitter shows us why people like buying well-loved used books

From useful notes to funny doodles, these used books have all kinds of charming features that netizens love.

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Pop-up “Very Hungry Caterpillar” cafe now open in Tokyo, very hungry fans rejoice

Hopefully you won’t still be hungry after eating your way through these caterpillar-themed dishes.

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We try it out: Does Uniqlo’s HeatTech Ultra Warm work on a motorbike ride in the dead of winter?

Sure it’d be fine on an afternoon stroll, but how does it hold up against freezing winter winds?

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Tokyo’s new sleep-inducing “time machine” head massage parlor looks like steampunk/sci-fi day spa

If you need some time to unwind, you’ll want to make an appointment A.S.A.P.

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Shonen Jump exhibition featuring classic ’90s manga and anime to open in Tokyo

Old favorites like Dragon Ball, Rurouni Kenshin, and Yu Yu Hakusho will make an appearance.

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Security guards at Japanese shrine stand out with anime-like uniforms for New Year

It’s like they’re cosplaying as some kind of intergalactic security patrol!

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Eight beauty products recommended by Japanese Twitter for a great “au natural” look

Japanese netizens recommend these products if you prefer a lighter make-up style.

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Thai lip balm commercial has a surprise ending that boys’ love fans will really enjoy

“Don’t forget to use it often…so you’ll know how my lips feel.”

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