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 test out Japanese megastore Don Quijote’s new mega-affordable smart watch

You can get this new smart watch with a heart rate monitor for just 3,980 yen, or less than US$40!

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Japanese reporters’ lame questions to tennis star Naomi Osaka embarrass netizens

The Japanese media is under criticism for its lack of interest in the actual sport of tennis

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We try out the R-rated “world’s smelliest burger” from a Tokyo burger cafe

Does this washed cheese burger smell as bad as advertised, and if so, what does it taste like?

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We try out super spicy “Raging Fire Wasabi” rice crackers that allegedly cause “pain” and “death”

A very dramatic sales pitch convinced Mr. Sato to make everyone in the office try them.

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Want to gift someone shoes but don’t know their size? Japanese Twitter has the solution

Japanese Twitter has the answer to all of life’s problems.

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Japanese schools are losing their pools due to rising maintenance costs and aging facilities

Sadly, quintessential anime scenes of rooftop swimming classes may be coming to an end soon.

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European YouTuber tries all of the food on the counter in Japanese 7-Eleven, loves it all

Travel and food vlogger Raphael Gomes had no idea what he was eating, but he enjoyed almost every bite!

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President Trump’s Pearl Harbor comments turn out to be misreported, all of Japan sighs in relief

Despite the “fake news”, the Japanese are glad that it was not a sign of a deteriorating political relationship.

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Our Japanese language reporter tries out hair replacement surgery (viewer discretion is advised)

It turns out that surgically restoring his locks to their luscious glory had some unintended side effects…

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Japanese version of Clean Bandit’s song “Solo” is set in Kyoto, impresses Japanese fans

The video is an homage to the beautiful old Japanese city and a reflection of their love for Japanese culture and aesthetics.

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Ridiculously buff cat has the bodybuilder physique of dreams, sparks jealousy in netizens’ hearts

“What could that be out…*flexes*…there?”

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Popular Japanese celebrity tattoos his family’s names on his arms, gets blasted by netizens

The overwhelming wave of criticism left model and singer Ryuchell shocked and hurt enough to make a response post. 

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What do Japanese netizens think about President Trump’s “I remember Pearl Harbor” comment?

Japanese netizen’s responses were fairly mixed, but most were pretty casual about Trump’s allegedly incendiary statement.

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The mystery of the disappearing family altar water offering: Man catches the culprit pink-pawed!

A Japanese family wondered why water placed on their family alter kept disappearing. Turns out a furry relative was to blame!

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These Thai schoolkids’ low-budget covers of K-pop music videos are even better than the originals

With their talent, these young girls could be the next pop sensation!

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Adorable Pikachu Butt USB AC adapter is now the cutest way to charge your devices

Who better to keep your phone fully charged than the electric Pokémon Pikachu?

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Japanese charity telethon 24-Hour Television faces criticism for poor spending and low popularity

Could this 40-year-old, quintessential Japanese summer program be on its deathbed?

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Costumes and casting for upcoming Madoka Magica stage adaptation divides fans

You can never please die-hard fans of an anime when it comes to making a live-action adaptation. 

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Adorable baby goat doesn’t know how to drink from a bucket, dunks whole head in【Video】

This kid is determined to get as much milk as possible, and it’s darn cute.

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Awesome fan-made stop-motion video using Gundam models is a Gundam fan’s dream come true 【Videos】

The scene is an exact reenactment of the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime, complete with CG special effects.

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