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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We eat at three Japanese family restaurants to find the one with the best-value breakfast

At which Family Restaurant do you get the best meal for your money at breakfast time? We find out!

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New seasonal menu at the Kirby Cafe will keep you warm, full and happy this winter

Plus, many of the new dishes come with special collectible items!

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New adorable, two-color Vulpix airplane will take you to Hokkaido, not even for a limited time

Get ready for a new Pokémon-themed airplane!

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Preorders now open for Samurai Teddy Bears made by classic German toy maker Steiff

Super snazzy samurai armor-wearing teddy bears will be ready for your next Children’s Day display!

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We visit a Harajuku cafe where you can customize food with your favorite idol’s member color

Cafe de Lapis has not only beautiful and delicious food, but it’s idol otaku-friendly!

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Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade returns after nearly two years

The long-awaited parade is finally back, along with extended park hours!

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What are the most popular Gundam model kits in Paris? French Bandai Store gives us the answer

And we learned a lot about Gunpla in the process!

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We tried teleworking from the Narita Express at Shinagawa Station with JR East’s Station Work

What’s it like to telework from a luxury express liner? 

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We try Komeda Coffee’s new meatless ham katsu burger, and never want real fried ham ever again

Who knew soy meat could be so good?!

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Pad Thai oatmeal?? Our reporter tries another oatmeal cooking experiment【SoraKitchen】

You would be surprised to know it actually works!

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Tokyo University students rank the top 12 video games for cultivating smart kids

These video games are educational as well as fun!

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We eat green fried chicken that looks like broccoli from a Shibuya chicken shop【Taste test】

Halloween Green Monster Chicken is something special, that’s for sure!

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Try this easy, low-oil cheese spring roll recipe for your next camping trip (or cheese craving)

It’s so good you’ll want to eat it every day!

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Starbucks’ newest Chilled Cup drink comes with more coffee jelly than ever before

And you can only get it at Family Mart for a limited time!

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Persimmons are best served roasted? We try out a surprising expert recommendation【SoraKitchen】

As it turns out, roasting persimmons creates an entirely different food experience!

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The top 30 foods that go best with white rice, according to Japanese netizens

As toppings or as a side…these are the best things to complement rice!

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We try out a 100-yen store bowl designed for microwaving frozen udon noodles

This bowl went viral on Twitter…but for what?? We had to find out. 

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Yoga teacher and students meditating on paddle boards swept into the ocean, rescued by canoer

Netizens were unanimous in thinking “yoga on the ocean” was a bad idea.

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We try European Cup Noodle Soba flavors to see which ones come out on top 【Taste test】

How do European yakisoba flavors satisfy a Japanese palate?

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Our natto maniac verifies the legitimacy of fermented soybean-flavored potato chips【Taste test】

Are these chips enough to satisfy a true natto fan?

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