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

Coca-Cola Japan in trouble as slumping sales, other problems put it in the red

Higher prices, lower asset values are hurting the soft drink king.

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We order a ridiculously long, thin serving of soft serve ice cream, get a big surprise instead

What we were eating turned out to not, in fact, be soft serve ice cream at all!

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Pokémon Mewtwo teaches Japanese schoolboy valuable life lessons in kindness, compromising

Who knew Mewtwo could be a good teacher? 

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Uniqlo’s new line of Sailor Moon T-shirts to go on sale soon, and we can’t wait to buy them

They have actual panels from the original manga on them!

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Japanese netizen turns adorable Kirby sweet into terrifying Titan face of nightmares

From hero to villain with just a few modifications.

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Gorgeous drinking bottles using kimono fabric now available with new designs and we want them all

Show off your love of Japanese culture in a stylish way with these beautiful tumblers!

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Awesome time lapse video shows Vietnamese artist carving amazingly detailed wooden Goku statue

This must have taken some serious time and Dragon Ball dedication!

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We try to eat almost 9 pounds of food at a Nagoya spaghetti shop, succumb to the power of carbs

How much rice and pasta is too much rice and pasta?

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We ask for an “omakase” selection from Starbucks’ Tokyo bakery Princi, with surprising results

This bakery is so classy!

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Adorable before and after photos show how much being loved and cared for can affect a cat

This kitty goes from a scowling tomcat to a doe-eyed snuggler.

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Amazingly beautiful sake cups look like a starry night sky when liquid is poured into them

 

They’re perfect for an evening drink on the porch!

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Behold Japan’s, and possibly the world’s, saddest public playground

We’re not sure what they were thinking when they made this.

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Japanese man invented an app that visualizes how much sugar is in a drink, and everyone wants it

The app isn’t even available yet, but people are clamoring to get it!

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Bubble tea amusement park to open in Harajuku, promises to be the “tapioca land of your dreams”

Boba fans won’t want to miss this!

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CoCo Ichibanya proves to be a great company to work for with this sweet tale of a wedding gift

The popular curry restaurant chain proves that it deserves to join the ranks of Japan’s best companies.

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Japanese service will lock your social media accounts and boost your productivity

Can’t put down your phone? This service is here to help.

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We try traditional Italian fried pizza pockets in Tokyo, fall in love

Pizza + deep fryer = love?

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Tiny munchkin kitten sleeps like an angel in the cutest position, winning hearts of Instagram

This brand new Instagram cat is already a star!

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Japanese curry chain Coco Ichibanya to open a branch in India next year

Can Japan’s version of an Indian dish survive in Delhi, the curry metropolis?

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