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

Have a ghost problem in your house? Just use an air purifier, says Japanese Twitter user

Apparently it’s easy to exorcise the spirits in your home, with the right technology. 

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Netherlands theme park Huis Ten Bosch hosting a special event to celebrate upcoming Mewtwo movie!

Head over to Nagasaki to check out this cool Mewtastic event!

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Japanese comedian uses traditional Japanese court instrument to play…the McDonald’s fryer alarm?

Who says the sho, a traditional court instrument, is obsolete?!

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Superstar singer Ayumi Hamasaki criticized by fans for “inappropriate” Instagram picture

People apparently just want the ever-young celebrity to act her age.

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Amazing 8K video will blow you away with aerial views of the Tokyo metropolitan area at night

You’ll be blown away by the beautiful nighttime cityscape of Tokyo.

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Cute cat with amazing concentration powers focuses its iron gaze on an icy drink, of all things

Add this to the list of random things that will entertain your cat.

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Tired of looking for The One? Try Japan’s new DNA matchmaking service and maybe you’ll find them

Use your DNA to find your perfect match!

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“We just wanted to see them stop!” Four train otaku arrested for throwing smoke bombs at trains

These otaku were a little too interested in trains. 

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Need someone to watch your cat while you’re away? Try the new Japanese cat-lover’s site Nyatching

Not only is it a community of pet-sitters, but it’s a community of cat lovers, too!

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Pretty kitty wants its owner to pay attention to it, meows happily when she does【Video】

Who says cats don’t care about their humans?

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Possibly the sweetest anime voice actress ever meets fan on the train, makes their day, maybe life

What would you do if a celebrity started talking to you on the train?

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Japanese netizens are abuzz about the way a power company dealt with an unwanted bird’s nest

An Oriental Stork that made its home on an electricity pole caused a lot of trouble, but no one really minded.

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Meet Ibaraki Prefecture’s Virtual YouTuber representative Hiyori Ibara, winning hearts everywhere

Japanese fans love her lively personality!

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Japan to release Gundam and Char’s Zaku into space to orbit Earth, ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Launch will celebrate the anime’s anniversary and look forward to the 2020 Olympics!

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Pokémon and Iwate team up to elect Geodude as the tourism ambassador to the prefecture!

It even has a theme song and a bizarre costume.

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Applications for the ticket lottery for Tokyo 2020 Olympics matches and ceremonies are now open!

If you plan to attend, get your application in before May 29!

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Who needs a real weapon? Salaryman makes awesome FX battle video using a traffic cone【Video】

With the power of special effects and video editing, and awesome martial arts skills, you, too, can be a traffic cone master!

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40 things our loveless reporter felt using Tinder in Japan

Online dating sure can be frustrating.

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Twin girls have awesome twin cosplays featuring creepy and cool anime, movie, and TV characters

They may be young, but they can pull off some fantastic costumes. 

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Hungry? Want some chips? Too bad, you can’t, because that’s not actually a bag of chips

This artist can fool you into thinking you’re allowed to snack.

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