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

Japanese girl says she won’t get married because she loves Frieza too much, mom has epic response

This mom knows what’s up.

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Kyoto temple goes modern with Techno Memorial combining music and lights with Buddhist Festival

And you probably thought Buddhism was a boring religion, didn’t you?

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Wanting a frog, man gets too many praying animals from capsule machine, creates cute, creepy cult

Guess he got a little more than he bargained for…

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Cute Japanese model dons fluffy Eevee costume, catches fans’ hearts without a single Poké Ball

What do you get when you combine a beloved celebrity with a beloved Pokémon? Adoring fans of both!

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Drink your tea in style with the new Zaku mobile suit-shaped heavy iron teapot

Not a fan of floral teapots? Well then, this is for you.

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Yes, believe your eyes: That is indeed a five-story building floating down a Chinese river

And yet in some ways it’s not at all what it seems.

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New Nintendo merch promises awesome Mario-themed party, cozy Mario-themed living room

Piranha Plant slippers? Mushroom-shaped silicone molding trays? Shut up and take our money!

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Robot omelet chef is kinda neat, but won’t be taking over the world any time soon, netizens say

It’s nice that it can make omelets by itself, but it’s certainly not a threat to human existence.

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Classic British stories get sudden burst of popularity in Japan thanks to Empress Michiko

After she said she wants to read them after retirement, book stores and publishing companies quickly sold out of copies.

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Teachers reprimanded for using Japanese imperial flag and apparent war propaganda on school test

The tests were confiscated and the teachers forced to apologize to students.

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How much private info can a thief glean from a stolen smart phone? We investigate

Our resident scam investigator turns criminal to see how much information he can steal from a stranger’s smart phone.

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Tokyo University of the Arts to offer graduate program in video game design next year

The exciting program may be the first graduate video game design course at a Japanese university.

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We eat at the legendary Negidon, a Tokyo soba restaurant that’s only open for lunch on weekdays

Their location is also pretty inconvenient, so is their leek and meat soba worth calling in sick for?

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Nintendo to give Labo kits to U.S. elementary schools, but not Japanese schools. Why?

One Japanese netizen guesses that it has to do with fundamental problems in the Japanese education system.

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Want to be guided around Tokyo by a ninja? With an upcoming app, now you can!

You could also request a translator or a photographer, but who wants that when you can have a ninja?!

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We try the “Ramen Roll” sandwich, because why not have a bowl of ramen on a hot dog bun?

Does the Ramen Roll live up to the reputation of its popular cousin, the Yakisoba Roll?

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Our male reporter cross-dresses for second time, learns more about how hard it is to be a woman

They always say that you should try to walk in someone else’s shoes if you really want to understand them.

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Japanese office worker finds stray “kittens,” vet says they’re dogs, they turn out to be neither

This kindhearted animal lover was in for a surprise when those babies got bigger!

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We try ice cream with a topping of natto fermented soybeans, because the Internet told us to

Salty things are delicious on ice cream…but no one ever said anything about stinky things.

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Japanese netizen’s sole talent of making dense foam out of face wash impresses Internet

This person may not think they’re good at anything else, but they sure are good at making bubbles.

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