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

40 things our loveless reporter felt using Tinder in Japan

Online dating sure can be frustrating.

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Twin girls have awesome twin cosplays featuring creepy and cool anime, movie, and TV characters

They may be young, but they can pull off some fantastic costumes. 

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Hungry? Want some chips? Too bad, you can’t, because that’s not actually a bag of chips

This artist can fool you into thinking you’re allowed to snack.

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Adorable, hopping shiba dog can’t contain its excitement about seeing its beloved owner

It’s so springy, like a little rabbit!

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Virtual model imma to pose in fashion magazine with real models, advertising makeup brand KATE

The CG-created model is getting her big break in the fashion industry!

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Can’t decide what to order at Starbucks Japan? Use this handy guide to pick a Frappuccino!

With all of the delightful flavors available, it can be hard to choose. We’re here to help!

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Student tries to advertise his university club at station, accidentally uses a picture of himself

A hilarious mistake that may end up being a good advertisement after all.

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We visit “Japan’s oldest izakaya bar” for a delightful mix of the modern and the traditional

Over a century of tradition right in the middle of Tokyo!

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Stand-offs turn to love, jealousy as cats trying to get into museum compete for guards’ affection

Remember the cats that kept trying to go into Onomichi Museum, but were always gently blocked by the guard? 

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Kindai University’s legendary opening ceremony blows away new students with confetti and idols

Light displays, idol dances, motivational speeches, celebrity appearances–you name it, they’ve got it.

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Giga Big Mac returns to McDonald’s Japan, along with Grand Big Mac and new Big Mac Jr【Taste Test】

What’s the difference between the regular Big Mac, the Big Mac Junior, the Grand Big Mac, and the Giga Big Mac?

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Popular coffee brand and Mobile Suit Gundam team up to make limited edition Gundam can designs

Collect all 25 cans featuring mechas from the original Mobile Suit Gundam series!

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KitKat Pairing Bar, manned by AI pairing sake with Kit Kats, to appear in Tokyo this month

If you’ve ever wondered what kind of booze goes best with what kind of Kit Kat, here’s your chance!

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Japanese man arrested for opening door and jumping off bullet train while it was still running

The man was responsible for causing delays for dozens of trains and thousands of people.

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Having a bad day? You need to know this hashtag that will bring you peace, joy, and cute animals

Because nothing calms the heart like adorable, sleeping puppers, right?

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Uniqlo’s awesome new line of Nintendo T-shirts features stylish Super Mario, Splatoon designs

Uniqlo’s UT t-shirt brand never disappoints!

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Another women’s university in Japan to accept transgender women, the first in Kyushu

Another win for transgender rights in Japan.

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Celebrate your wedding with Hello Kitty at Japan’s Sanrio Puroland amusement park

When a church is just not romantic enough, have your wedding in the world of Hello Kitty!

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Young Splatoon 2 fan writes encouraging letter to Nintendo, stunned to get a personalized reply

Nintendo proves once again that it really values its fans. 

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Japanese newspapers announcing the new “Reiwa” era are being auctioned online for high prices

The making of history sure brings out the collector–and the greed–in people.

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