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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McDonald’s Japan to suspend sales of medium and large-size fries for one week

Importation issues are causing a shortage of McDonald’s fries.

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Annual survey reveals Gifu jumped 41 spots to become the prefecture with the most karaage eaters

But what caused the huge rise in the dish’s popularity in the prefecture?

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These adorable hamster-shaped monaka will make a great gift, or maybe just a snack for yourself

Plus, they’re super customizable!

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How many people in Japan have actually worn a couple’s outfit?

What are your thoughts on matching outfits?

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42-year-old police sergeant disciplined for stealing about 200 yen from shrine donation box

“I just wanted some money to buy cigarettes and coffee,” he said.

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This Tokyo apartment building uses feng shui in its design to make for very lucky living spaces

With bright color schemes and unusual room designs, this complex would be a unique place to live!

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We buy a beginner’s guitar from discount retailer 3 Coins, ask THAT guitar expert if it’s any good

Seiji and the spirit of Yngwie Malmsteen give their opinion on the discount store’s “guitar for those starting to play the guitar”!

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Tokyo woman with signal blocked-TV loses appeal contesting her obligation to pay NHK fees

It seems there’s no getting out of paying the NHK any longer.

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Our reporter finally tried vending machine ramen, and his life is changed forever

Seiji may never need to go to a ramen restaurant again, so long as he can find a ramen vending machine.

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Celebrities slam katsu curry, divide netizens: “It’s a dish where 1+1 never actually makes 2”

Are you Team “Katsu Curry”? Or Team “Katsu or Curry”?

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Suntory to increase the price of 31 whisky products by up to 28 percent next year

The beverage company hopes the increases will help build the capital needed to increase production. 

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Survey reveals most Japanese workers want to work from home at least twice per week

Younger and older workers did have different ideas of what the ideal number is, though. 

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Two Sailor Moon musicals will stream online for overseas fans this winter

If you couldn’t make it to these shows in Japan, worry not: now’s your chance to watch them online!

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Egyptian restaurant Sumo Sushi offers our Japanese reporter a delightful yet quirky lunch

Interesting decor, enticing food names, and endearing staff made this a meal Ikuna will always remember!

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Enjoy a pint in Japan’s oldest beer hall, now designated a Tangible Cultural Property

Get a drink and a taste of history from this 87-year-old Ginza drinking den!

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Three amazing things about Yonaguni Island, the westernmost point of Japan

There are a lot of surprises in store for our city-dwelling, Honshu-native Japanese reporter. 

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Okonomiyaki you can eat with one hand? We try a revolutionary new frozen food【Taste test】

How do you transform a flat saucy food into a handheld form, and is it any good?

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Japan’s first-ever Tarot Card Museum opens in Tokyo, perfect for art and occult lovers

For now, you can observe rare tarot cards on display, but there are lots of events to come!

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Does Lawson’s new “A Happy Pancake the Drink” live up to our pancake-loving expectations?

We try out the newest “drinkable food.”

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What should you use table salt for at a sushi restaurant? We asked a kaitenzushi maniac

It turns out there’s a number of things you can put salt on, besides french fries!

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