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

Half-destroyed truck seen driving down Japanese highway, astounds drivers【Video】

Should you maybe not be driving that, for safety reasons?

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Japanese exchange student sparks culture debate on Twitter with comment about American clothing

How much can the way a country’s citizens dress say about that country?

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Decorate your whole house like Sailor Moon’s Moon Castle with the new Isetan collaboration

Now the little moon princesses in all of us can live like true Silver Millennium royalty!

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We’re not sure who the intended market was for this crazy Hello Kitty toy, but we love it anyway

It’s like a fidget spinner, but amped up by about 1,000 percent.

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“Face Hiring”: Japanese cosmetics company Isehan’s new hiring campaign is causing a stir

The company is impressing people with its interest not in beauty, but in personality!

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Yokohama ranks as most desirable city for living in Kanto for the second year in a row

What makes Japan’s second largest city beat out popular spots in Tokyo?

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Japan’s favorite city mascot goes on talk show, says it’s tired, wants to go back to Pear Land

Funasshi has had more than six years of celebrity fame, so maybe it’s time for the pear creature to have a little R&R.

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Documentary about man with no limbs discusses what it’s like to be disabled in Japan

Hirotada Otatake was born with no arms or legs, but it didn’t keep him from trying to do good things in this world.

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Kyoto train station thanks commuters for saving life of passenger who fell on the train tracks

Japanese commuters stepped up to help when a fellow passenger faced considerable danger.

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Korea beats Disneyland as most desirable graduation trip for Japanese girls in survey

Mickey Mouse may not be the king of Japanese girls’ hearts any longer.

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Next time you go sightseeing, use a tote bag instead of a cross-body bag, says Japanese traveler

The tote bag is a much safer option than other bags that tourists tend to use, according to this Twitter user. 

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Japanese mom finds adorable way to keep and recycle daughters’ cute pink baby onesie

If you have old baby clothes lying around, this might be a great way to use them!

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Roland, King of the Hosts, has his own museum exhibition now, shows off hostdom and catchphrases

Fans of Roland will not want to miss this. 

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This Osaka shrine is a hidden gem that includes a giant, roaring lion’s head

When you visit Osaka, make sure to stop by this shrine for an amazing photo opportunity!

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Is this real life? Canadian musician becomes apprentice to Japan’s world-famous shamisen masters

Musician Norm Nakamura’s movie-like story is a real-life example of how far you can go if you really chase your dreams

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X-Japan’s Yoshiki takes epic fall from skateboard, posts it on Instagram, sparks storm of concern

Could skateboarding be the one thing he’s not good at?

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These “cat foot” socks from Japan are so realistic they look terrifying on human feet

Freak out your friends and family with these hyper-realistic socks made to look like cat feet.

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Japanese grandpa’s “for fun” ink paintings are so divine they’re now part of a beautiful temple

It’s only his hobby, but this grandpa is good enough to become a professional.

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The top 10 mobile games that Japanese people spent the most money on in 2018

You won’t believe how much money these games are making.

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