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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Japanese government to subsidize domestic travel this summer to boost the ailing tourism industry

The government is hoping grants and coupons will help encourage people to travel again.

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100-year-old hanko signature stamp maker offering free digital stamp designs for teleworkers

This company wants to help you put your seal of approval on company documents, even if they’re digital!

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Survey shows how Japanese couples feel about spending so much time together sheltering in place

Survey examines how stay-home recommendations are affecting daily family life

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Our reporter orders food from Uber Eats, falls in love, learns that fate works in mysterious ways

It seems that food isn’t the only thing that Uber Eats delivers…love is on the menu too!

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23 people arrested in Aichi for operating and using illegal casino during coronavirus lockdown

“I had nothing else to do, so I went two to three times per week,” admitted one customer who had been arrested.

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Starbucks Japan reopens with extra measures to prevent coronavirus’ spread

The coffee giant is ready to serve their beloved Frappucinos again, with some precautionary measures.

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Shibuya gives each public elementary and junior high student a Surface Go 2 tablet for school

Modernization is on its way to Tokyo schools!

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Turn your kitty into a Japanese sweet with Felissimo’s new Anmitsu Nyanko Cushion cat bed

Nothing’s cuter than a snoozing cat on a colorful food-themed bed!

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We tried washing our “Abe masks” in the washing machine to see how they hold up

The masks are rumored to shrink in the wash…so we had to test it out, of course.

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Takarazuka musical theater fans might be the nicest in the world, according to Japanese Twitter

They only want to share their love of Takarazuka with everyone else!

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Tokyo Disneyland or Universal Studios Japan, which is better? Poll reveals sharp regional divide

Which side do you fall on?

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Large bat species discovered to be breeding in Japan for the first time

Wildlife photographer discovers Japan’s first-ever baby Alashanian pipistrelle while observing bats near a local school.

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Cancelled summer Comiket goes digital with first ever Air Comiket, as the otaku spirit lives on

Fan creators and their fellow otaku weren’t deterred by the fact that they couldn’t be on-site to celebrate doujinshi culture!

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Flour products sell online for outrageous prices in Japan as demand for them skyrockets

As the Ministry of Agriculture urges everyone to stay calm and rest assured that there is no shortage of flour

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Meiji Gakuen University gives all students a 50,000 yen grant to offset the cost of digital classes

For many college students, that’s a big help!

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Make a high-end Japanese meal at home with the help of traditional Japanese restaurant Nadaman

Nadaman’s new YouTube channel shows us the ins and outs of traditional Japanese cooking. 

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Never fear, humans: Frieza and Vegeta pledge to destroy coronavirus and save Earth once again

“I, the great Frieza, will smash the inferior life force known as coronavirus to smithereens!”

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Shinto, Buddhist, and Catholic priests come together to pray for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic

The three biggest religions of Japan and some of their sects unite in the spiritual fight against the disease.

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City in Aichi reduces water and sewage bills for four months, easing residents’ financial strain

People were grateful for the assistance and expressed appreciation for the government’s role in easing coronavirus stress.

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New line of Kirby cosmetics make makeup fun with star-shaped palettes and pink lush lipsticks

Spice up your makeup collection with Kirby!

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