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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We try a traditional Tokyo dish of stewed loaches, encounter something we’ve never seen before

A taste of the Edo-period past, and a new encounter

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Japanese Twitter user offers explanation for why Japan’s coronavirus outbreak has been so small

Despite not being on lockdown, why has Japan been able to keep coronavirus infection and fatality numbers so low?

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Survey ranks Tokyo as the most desirable Japanese prefecture to live in, bumping Kanagawa to #2

Top 10 results reveal the special places around Japan that people most want to live in.

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Corned beef taiyaki with melted cheese soon to be available for a limited time at popular chain

The usually sweet Japanese snack is getting a delightful savory edition.

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Funny Shiba dog had a silly reaction to eating natto, frightened its owners, made the vet laugh

Who would have thought that dogs would like natto?

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Japanese Aomori fishermen now available in collectible card form, garnering unexpected popularity

Fancy collecting pictures of shirtless hunky fishermen wearing rubber waders?

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Our male reporter got hair removed from his “delicate zone”, dishes on the whole experience

Hirazi tells us all the good and bad things that resulted from removing his pubic hair

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Four things our new-mother reporter felt riding the Tokyo subway with her baby

Our reporter worried she and her baby would be harassed on the trains, but what she experienced was quite unexpected.

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March 10 was Sato Day in Japan, so here are five wonderful things about our own amazing Mr. Sato

There’s a lot to love, but here’s what we love the most.

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325 cruise participants diagnosed with coronavirus have recovered, were released from hospital

And Japanese citizens wonder why no news stations were reporting the good news

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New limited-edition 3-D printed Japanese sweets designed with weather data now available in Tokyo

This is a one-of-a-kind sweet that you’ll never be able to get anywhere else, for a limited time only!

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We try Brozer’s ridiculous Tomato Spaghetti Burger because we love carbs and can’t help ourselves

And as expected, it was really good!

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Try Twitter-recommended Ring Fit Adventure for keeping your kids busy when everything is closed

Nintendo provides a way to work out your kid’s energy even if coronavirus has you stuck at home!

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Japanese Twitter impressed by online seller who added free masks to orders in light of shortage

A nice gesture from an anonymous person has Twitter users all a-titter.

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We visit the Paris branch of Japanese ramen chain Ippudo and eat the most unusual ramen

We’d meant to compare French tonkotsu with Japanese tonkotsu, but we couldn’t resist trying a brand new kind of ramen!

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Could Coronavirus be helping prevent the spread of influenza? Japanese Twitter speculates

Maybe the measures people are taking to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are helping protect against the flu, too!

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Burger King rubs salt in Japan’s overworked wounds with limited-edition Premium Friday Whopper

In celebration of the Japanese government’s controversial work-life balance policy!…not.

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Japanese YouTuber goes to Argentinian slum to make “impactful video”, gets robbed instead

Quickly learns that not everywhere in the world is as safe as Japan.

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We try a rotating sushi chain’s super high-quality 3-layer caviar, sea urchin & fatty tuna sushi

For just 300 yen, you can try some of Japan’s most luxurious sushi ingredients, but is it worth it?

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Kumamoto Castle reconstruction well under way as the complex slowly reopens to visitors【Video】

Take a look at how one of Japan’s most popular castles is making its comeback. 

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