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

Survey says more than 70 percent of Japanese people think gender inequality exists in Japan

But it’s not just women who feel that way; a majority of men think so, too.

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Try this netizen’s “secret menu” item beef bowl at Yoshinoya, if only to see what the heck it’s about

This “secret menu” is really more of an alternate style of beef bowl.

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Yokohama’s Coming of Age Ceremony ruined by “yankees” who fight, illegally scale walls, drink

But in spite of all that, Pikachu still made a guest appearance!

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Gaggle of Friezas support runners for Hakone marathon once again, this time dancing “Paprika”

And it looks like their numbers have increased!

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We bought a “Plastic Model Vegeta” lucky bag from Laox, got a model we really didn’t expect

To our surprise, it was not a lucky bag just devoted to Vegeta models, as we initially thought.

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Wazigen Shizukaya’s latest collection of modern men’s kimono make a move for high fashion

These stylish kimono robe overcoats have some seriously avant-garde styles!

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Huge tuna fish sells for a whopping 190 million yen at the first wholesale auction of the year

The US$1.75 million bluefin tuna was bought by none other than the president of a popular sushi chain.  

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Mochi, the danger of Japanese New Year’s, claims another life, rushes many to hospital

The Tokyo Fire Department urges people to use caution when consuming the sticky food.

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Love hotel search engine hacked, user info possibly stolen in attack against romancers

If you’ve used Happy Hotel to book a love hotel recently, you may want to change your password!

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Buy at least one of these Vladimir Putin calendars from Russia to start your year off right

Putin’s steely gaze will motivate you to work hard all year long!

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We visit a Yokohama bar for some Star Wars cocktails, get served by a world class bartender

Not only do you get awesome geeky cocktails here, but also a ritzy bar experience!

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We make a DIY face gel out of yuzu seeds, and it’s surprisingly cheap and easy!

Did you know that every part of the yuzu citrus fruit can be used for something?

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is selling his private jet because it’s old, gives a tour

Fashion mogul’s stylish plane, with a Japanese washlet toilet and karaoke machine, could be yours…if you’re also super rich.

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The 10 best Japanese hot spring resorts locals want to go back to again and again

These onsen town trips are so good they deserve an encore!

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Japanese Twitter blown away by super cool business card that looks like computer hardware

An amazing card for anyone in the computer science field to have!

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Cafe in Tokyo serves custom 2-D and 3-D latte art, and their coffee is nothing to sniff at either

This place is definitely for coffee lovers.

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Do you need this unnecessary Santa disco light from Francfranc this Christmas? Yes, yes you do

If you’re planning to have a Christmas party at your house, it’s a must-have!

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Rakuten Travel reveals the top 5 best-rated, off-the-beaten-track Japanese ryokan inns

If you want a true getaway, one of these inns would be the perfect place to stay!

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These policemen’s response to a young boy turning in a 50 yen coin he found will warm your heart

Their kindness really impressed the boy’s mother!

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Watch as these Japanese cats treat their brand new, giant cushion with extreme suspicion

“What the HECK is THIS THING?!”

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