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

Six things to avoid doing in the first three days of the Japanese New Year to have the best luck

Keep on the good side of the gods (and maybe cows and pigs too) with these tips.

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KFC Japan earned 6 billion yen over Christmas weekend, proving that Japan loves Christmas chicken

The fried chicken industry in Japan is no small fry

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Hong Kong students use free time at school to draw stunning anime-inspired chalkboard art

Several Ghibli films and Your Name are featured in their beautiful mural works.

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Japanese TV show about draining ponds becomes surprise hit with viewers

People are hooked on the secret discoveries being made beneath the waters.

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Japanese netizen dons perfectly-sized box, becomes four-legged cardboard nightmare

Never before has a more terrifying six-sided creature been sighted.

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This super-rare Japanese banana has edible skin!【Taste test】

We get our hands on the mystical Mongee Banana.

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Otaku woman in Japan finds herself target of strange fake shoplifting scam, netizens urge caution

Never let anyone you don’t know look through your bag, regardless of where you are.

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Japanese wife becomes Internet’s favorite when she replaces dollhouse bunny with Zangiefs

We’re a little worried the house is going to be torn down in an enormous Spinning Piledriver

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Talented illustrator creates amazing “practice doodles” in just 30 minutes

It sure doesn’t look like any more practice is needed.

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Japan’s new Leftover Bathwater drink has us strangely titillated【Taste test】

Did our indulgence in the bathwater of beautiful women and handsome men make us very, very bad?

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The luxurious new Bâton d’or La Recolte Pocky has us feeling fancy【Taste test】

With an elegant French name like that, we knew we were in for something special!

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Our Japanese-language reporter asks foreigner how Christians feel about Christmas in Japan

How does a Catholic believer feel about Japanese Christmas, and what’s it like for a non-believer to go to Christmas Mass?

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Dragon Ball creator pulls a George Lucas, dispels the mysticism of Super Saiyan transformations

It turns out that not all Saiyans can get Super Saiyan just by training hard.

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Final Fantasy Brand Manager Shinji Hashimoto hints at big things for the series next year

Could one of the biggest game franchises of all time be getting a makeover?

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Promotional video for new Girls und Panzer movie shows girls dancing while cleaning a tank

Suds, brooms, tanks, and dancing. What more could you want?

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Seven Japanese beauty products recommended by Twitter that are perfect for lazy girls

Can’t be bothered to to spend hours in front of the mirror? These products are for you!

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Starbucks Japan releases their second round of Christmas-themed holiday drinks! 【Taste Test】

We’ve been looking forward to the Candied Pistachio and the Christmas Raspberry Mocha Frappucinos.

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New employee late to work in Japan shocks older coworkers by blaming the screw-up on “Mama”

Kids these days, amiright?

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Yaoi fans rejoice as Shinto shrine seems to open part-time positions for male shrine maidens

This could have been a fangirl’s dream come true.

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Will P.K. do it this time? One middle-aged man’s genuine attempt at a low-carb diet

Find out the first month’s results as our Japanese-language reporter P.K. Sanjun attempts yet another diet.

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