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

Company known for Pokémon cards and toys under fire for tweet about visiting Yasukuni Shrine

Korean and Chinese netizens demand apologies from the company for tweeting about the controversial shrine.

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The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Cruise sets sail, and Idolmaster fans love it【Pictures】

This cruise was all about Idolmaster, and featured Cinderella Girls events and actors!

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This Miyazaki bar’s theme is “ugliness”, also offers arm wrestling, and discounts for bald people

The shop is now hiring as well, with salary increases for ugly applicants.

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Want to be popular with the ladies/men? Be good at making takoyaki, study says

It seems that there’s a connection between “being good at cooking takoyaki” and “getting lots of love confessions”.

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Loving husky dog gives her owner the most enthusiastic greeting, and also the loudest

When this owner returned to her hometown for a few days, her family dog’s reaction was priceless.

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There’s something kind of off about these Pikachu costumes spotted around the world

With human faces staring out of their mouths, overly long legs, and dead eyes, these Pikachus aren’t exactly cute.

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Celebrate the New Year with a special and limited edition Barbie bento box of New Year foods

Traditional Japanese New Year’s food now comes in a bright pink limited-edition box, along with a rare Barbie doll! 

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Tokyo Olympic Committee considering using “instant transmission” during the Olympic Torch relay

Could they also be considering hiring Goku as one of the relay runners?

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We try cold soba with a creamy and delicious soy milk broth. It’s better than it sounds!

An unlikely pairing makes for delightful flavoring, and it’s vegetarian-friendly too!

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A Japanese idol got married so his management asked Twitter to decide if he should be fired

It’s a rough life for Japanese idols, a fact which was recently made crystal clear for Amatou Danshi member Kazuma Muroi.

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Japan’s ultimate wagyu beef bento is back, now with a Guinness World Record under its belt

This ultimate box of Japan’s highest quality wagyu beef is celebrating by opening up orders once again.

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Eevee and Eeveelution necklaces now on sale, promise to wipe out your wallet

They’re so pretty, you’ll want to buy ’em all!

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Japanese fast food chain Nakau now has a fancy new chicken and rice bowl, with TRUFFLES

Can a fast food restaurant use an expensive culinary delicacy properly? How does it compare in flavor to a regular oyakodon?

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City of Kyoto advertises the charms of living in Japan’s ancient capital using a cute tabby cat

Who better to advertise for you than the Internet’s most beloved furry animal?

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Snuggly ferret makes adorably comfy beds from random household objects, especially loves socks

I mean, if you were small enough to fit in a warm fuzzy sock, you’d probably do it too, wouldn’t you?

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There’s now an online portal for Dragon Ball’s Saiyans, for all their Saiyan needs

Want to know the latest Saiyan news? Or find out your Dragon Ball Fortune? Head to Yahoo! Planet Vegeta now!

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Tokyo Disney Resort to build new Toy Story Hotel, new themed areas of Disneyland and Disney Sea

No new park is coming, but there are still some exciting developments in store for Tokyo Disney!

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Nostalgic video combines Japanese Pokémon Rap with clips of Let’s Go! Pikachu buddy Pokémon

Learn all the Japanese names of the Kanto Pokémon while watching them all run around in the new game!

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Beautiful shamisen featuring original illustration by Final Fantasy designer now on sale

With its original design of a red-clad female ninja, this shamisen is set to become the collector’s item of the year.

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Fashion brand ZOZOTOWN teams up with Pokémon to make hoodies, T-shirts featuring first games’ art

Fans of Pokémon’s original Red and Blue (or Green) games, this is for you!

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