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.

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This green tea soda from Shizuoka in a sense betrayed us, but also placated us【Taste test】

Its flavor came as a surprise…but we soon learned it was better than the alternative. 

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We turn this non-alcoholic lemon chu-hai into a mixer, find the perfect alcohol for it

And shochu wasn’t it!

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Hello Kitty becomes part of Japan’s oldest manga with new line of accessories

The beloved Sanrio character becomes a Frolicking Animal!

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Take a Korean vacation in Japan with Tokyu Hotels and Shibuya 109’s newest themed hotel plan

K-pop fans will love this budget-friendly staycation!

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An expert in entertainment recommended us an Osaka sightseeing spot little known even to locals

It even gave our reporter a profound experience!

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What does Showa-era curry taste like? We try making some with an old-timey roux

Our Japanese-language reporter had no idea what to expect.

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Look stylish while working out on the daily with these crazy geta sandals

And they come in six different colors!

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Survey shows that not many people are into the idea of Sapporo hosting the 2030 Winter Olympics

Public opinion is divided, and netizens show strong opposition. 

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Famous Japanese sword becomes tiny sweets knife in order to slice into matcha pound cake

Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Ashikaga City in Tochigi with these fun commemorative goods.

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We investigate whether the “Beijing Olympics” is, in fact, real

Our Japanese-language reporter Seiji Nakazawa brings us news straight from the source.

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A cherry blossom menagerie of animals and designs is coming to Fukuoka’s TeamLab Forest museum

Get in the spirit of spring with amazing interactive digital art exhibits!

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Mr. Sato turns into a historical figure through his first-ever wet plate photography session

The process was slightly grueling, but the results were well worth it!

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This Nagoya cafe offers a private room to enjoy tea, meditation, and solitude in total darkness

When we tried it, we actually felt reborn!

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This sushi restaurant’s take-home temakizushi set is insanely satisfying for a great price

If you’re looking for a sushi meal to eat at home, this is a great option!

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Drive My Car becomes first Japanese film to receive Academy Award Best Picture nomination

And it received three other nominations too!

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Ramen chain Menya Musashi teams up with Lotte chocolate for unique Valentine’s Day dish

A mazesoba-inspired menu item full of hints of chocolate and pungent spices!

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Keeping up with the kids: Japanese high schoolers’ most popular slang of Spring 2022

Would you be surprised if most of these trendy words came from social media?

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7 new winter 2022 anime (besides Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer) our otaku reporter recommends

These anime flew under the radar, but Seiji is bringing them into the light!

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Discount super market’s super cheap bento wows us with its looks, confuses us with its taste

A tremendous value for money…that is, if you don’t mind eating it.

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We eat Kyoto’s best-loved noodle dish at the restaurant that invented it

Nishin soba is a Kyoto specialty, but does the restaurant that created it do it best?

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