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

“We just wanted to see them stop!” Four train otaku arrested for throwing smoke bombs at trains

These otaku were a little too interested in trains. 

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Need someone to watch your cat while you’re away? Try the new Japanese cat-lover’s site Nyatching

Not only is it a community of pet-sitters, but it’s a community of cat lovers, too!

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Pretty kitty wants its owner to pay attention to it, meows happily when she does【Video】

Who says cats don’t care about their humans?

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Possibly the sweetest anime voice actress ever meets fan on the train, makes their day, maybe life

What would you do if a celebrity started talking to you on the train?

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Japanese netizens are abuzz about the way a power company dealt with an unwanted bird’s nest

An Oriental Stork that made its home on an electricity pole caused a lot of trouble, but no one really minded.

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Meet Ibaraki Prefecture’s Virtual YouTuber representative Hiyori Ibara, winning hearts everywhere

Japanese fans love her lively personality!

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Japan to release Gundam and Char’s Zaku into space to orbit Earth, ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Launch will celebrate the anime’s anniversary and look forward to the 2020 Olympics!

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Pokémon and Iwate team up to elect Geodude as the tourism ambassador to the prefecture!

It even has a theme song and a bizarre costume.

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Applications for the ticket lottery for Tokyo 2020 Olympics matches and ceremonies are now open!

If you plan to attend, get your application in before May 29!

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Who needs a real weapon? Salaryman makes awesome FX battle video using a traffic cone【Video】

With the power of special effects and video editing, and awesome martial arts skills, you, too, can be a traffic cone master!

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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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