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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Are you a sweet and salty fan? Try the new Chicken Ramen Choco Flakes, the dream collab snack

One of Japan’s favorite instant ramen brands…turned into a chocolate-covered snack?!

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Here’s what happens when you take medicine and supplements for baldness for two years straight

Our reporter shows before and after photos that are quite impressive!

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This Shinjuku capsule hotel offers a capsule, a fancy bath, and a sauna for about 3,000 yen per night

For weary workers or budget travelers, it’s a great accommodation option!

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Half of 7-Elevens in Japan to start selling 100-yen Daiso products this month

Now buying cheap everyday goods is even more convenient than before!

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We find what looks like an alien species at a fish market so of course we make sashimi out of it

Because the weirdest-looking fish make the tastiest sushi, in our experience!

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Limited-edition Kukure Curry-flavored potato chips coming to celebrate its 50th anniversary

One of Japan’s favorite instant curry brands makes its potato chip flavor debut!

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Which of these Beppu-themed bath salts make your home bath feel most like the famous onsen area?

Our reporter Go Hatori finds out!

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The world’s oldest living person, Kane Tanaka, turned 119 this month

Happy birthday, Kane!

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Most of Japan’s new adults hope to fall in love and get married, according to recent survey

Marriage is on the table for many young people–but not as many as 26 years ago. 

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Starbucks Japan’s seasonal food menu recommendations are full of delectable sweets and sandwiches

Starbucks is offering a delicious array of sweets for you to have with your coffee or take home to share!

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Pokémon Café celebrates upcoming release of Pokémon Legends game with new limited-edition menu

Enjoy Hisui Region Pokémon in edible form!

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We get our hands on a coveted Yodobashi lucky bag, this time the beauty and health gadget box

Does Yodobashi Camera live up to expectations with its highly popular lucky bags?

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We buy a kitchen gadget lucky bag that was so heavy we had to call for help to bring it home

The “Otoshidama Box of Dreams” is a box worth taking home…if you can carry it. 

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It’s eco-friendly AND delicious! Popular Yamanashi sweet now comes in an edible container

This tasty sweet is now easier to eat…but the edible package version is harder to find.

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Disney’s 2022 New Year goods are too adorable not too buy them all

Bring good luck in the new year of the Tiger with Tigger and other Disney characters!

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What happens when a middle-aged man does pole dancing regularly for five years in a row?

Mr. Sato shares an important lesson he learned about age and personal resolutions.

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Former SMAP member Shingo Katori announces marriage to woman he’s been dating for 25 years

The relationship hasn’t exactly been a secret, but it came as a surprise anyway. 

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Citizen to release beautiful, limited-edition watch with kimono-inspired night sakura design

Elegance and simplicity define this watch, but you may have to fight to get your hands on it.

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Adorable mandrake root plushie that screams when you pull it out of its pot could be yours soon

It’s still a prototype, but it’s garnered enough interest that it might become a full product!

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This USB device exists solely to warm up rice balls, and honestly, it does a great job

We just wish it could warm up more than one at a time.

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