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

All-you-can-eat sandwiches for 300 yen?! Our Japanese-language reporter dutifully investigates

You can also tack on all-you-can-drink soft drinks for a total of less than 500 yen at this cafe in Tokyo!

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We visit the world’s largest Starbucks: The Starbucks Reserve Roastery Shanghai【Pictures & Video】

This Starbucks is enormous in both size and selection!

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Recent study once again ranks Japan as the country that sleeps the least

Japanese men and women seem to sleep as much as one hour less than people from other countries.

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Specially designed “Japanese public telephone” backpack has Twitter ringing with enthusiasm

Forget London phone booths, Japan’s green public telephones are the new trendy icon.

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Japanese man attempts to commit samurai-style seppuku in front his favorite idol

The Taiwanese Internet idol had recently announced her retirement, and it was her last public appearance.

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Japanese bodybuilder becomes world-famous on Twitter, but not for his swole bod

Instead he’s been tweeted all over the world for his (partially) convincing transformation into a pretty girl.

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Why was Kanta’s Granny picked to be on the Joker card of this My Neighbor Totoro deck?

Is she a secretly evil old lady? Or a prankster spirit in disguise? Japanese netizens discuss.

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Never get bored on a long flight again with Jetstar and Joysound’s Karaoke Flights!

What could be a better way to pass the time than singing your favorite songs with your friends?

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Are shonen manga anthologies moving away from their traditional “boy-centered” content?

Almost half the titles published in a recent Shonen Magazine issue are considered “romantic comedies”, which made netizens wonder.

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Could the long-awaited Nintendo Switch Pokémon RPG be coming out this year?

Some resourceful netizens who have pieced together clues from various sources seem to think so!

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Introducing Tokyo University’s exclusive “Infinite Destroyer” sandwich from Subway

Try this sub if you like, and we mean really like, roast beef!

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Should strong-smelling foods be banned from bullet trains? Japanese citizens debate

A popular snack for the trip home from Kansai is an Osaka-specialty pork bun, but some commuters think they should be banned.

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Creepy ghost train caught on security footage in Chinese train station gives us all chills【Video】

The only thing that could be more freaky is seeing ghost people getting on and off of it.

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$11,000 luxury Japanese toilet will probably give you the best poop experience of your life

And it’s coming to U.S. bathrooms near you this fall.

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If you want your kids to go to elite universities, give them Legos, Japanese study says

According to a study done by Lego Japan, the majority of surveyed graduates from elite universities played with Legos when they were children.

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Universal Studios Japan’s Monster Hunter attraction lets you use a secret “Sailor” anime weapon

Hint: It’s a surprise collaboration with another hit Japanese franchise with a lunar theme!
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Foreigner delights Japanese netizens with hilarious video about Japanese washlet toilets

With slapstick, situational comedy and a clever use of language, the video is sure to make anyone laugh.

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On the 7th anniversary of 3.11, Japanese netizens reflect on the story of the tsunami motorcycle

The story of the Harley Davidson that traveled across the Pacific Ocean is warming hearts again.

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What’s it like to be a working mother in China? We asked a Chinese mom

In Japan, working mothers are often frowned upon, but is it the same in China?

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Experience the real terror of a giant monster attack with the upcoming Escape From Godzilla Game!

If watching the old movies is not thrilling enough for you, maybe taking him down yourself will give you the rush you’re looking for.

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