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

Häagen-Dazs ice cream sandwich milkshakes now available at pop-up cafe in Tokyo【Taste Test】

Häagen-Dazs fans will want to check out this limited-time-only cafe before it’s gone at the end of the month!

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Victim of 3.11 to people who have never suffered a disaster: Don’t send origami cranes to shelters

What many may think is well-intentioned well-wishing may not actually be all that well-received by victims of natural disasters.

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We try out the fifth most popular restaurant among foreigners in Japan: Italian restaurant Nino

Our Japanese-language reporter hadn’t heard of this restaurant, and since it was voted as a top restaurant, she had to check it out.

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New Tokyo meditation studio will teach you to “be in the moment” in relaxing 30-minute sessions

We checked out downtown Tokyo’s newest mental oasis, and came away feeling better about our “lightly cloudy” selves.

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Sanrio’s President reveals why Hello Kitty teams up with so many different brands

And it’s not just to boost Hello Kitty’s sales.

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Sado Island: A relatively unknown historical, natural, and tourist gem of Japan

History buffs, nature fans, and Japanese culture enthusiasts will want to check out this island in the Sea of Japan.

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Mobile release of Pokémon Quest celebrated with “Real Pokémon Quest” events and Twitter campaign

The Pokémon Company is all about celebrating their releases!

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Mr. Sato watched the Japan vs. Colombia game in a Colombian bar, thinks he made a new friend

It was a night full of unexpected developments!

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Illustration by manga artist shows why elementary kids should be allowed to leave books at school

Even grade school kids have a lot to carry to every day.

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Fully automated Chinese restaurant is the eatery of the future, threatens world’s restaurant jobs

First our jobs, then our world. The robot apocalypse may be closer than we think.

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Bitter Colombian soccer fan tries to insult Japan, Japanese fans respond with kindness, and memes

You can’t faze these Japanese netizens.

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Japanese women become wives, realize why their mothers sometimes ate ramen despite making dinner

Mothers always say to their daughters, “You’ll understand when you’re a mother,” and it’s so true.

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Our male Japanese-language reporter gets a professional makeover, becomes pretty cheerleader

Football players might be surprised by what they’d find under this cheerleader’s skirt…

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Japanese fathers lack appreciation on Father’s Day, urged to celebrate it for themselves

A survey revealed that more than half of adults weren’t planning to give their dads gifts, leaving them sadly un-celebrated.

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Minecraft builders create an amazingly detailed world of Spirited Away, give us a video tour

Who needs a movie when you can just tour the Minecraft recreation?

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Is the wedding bouquet toss a form of harassment? Some Japanese women say “Yes”

The criticism of the bouquet toss has led many Japanese brides and grooms to omit it from their receptions entirely.

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Seiko to release new Ghibli watches, including limited-edition 30th anniversary Totoro watches

Fans of Kiki’s Delivery Service will also want to check these out.

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New vending machines around Japan dispense popular Pokémon goods with interactive Pikachu

Looking for some Pokémon merchandise? Pop by a Pokémon Stand!

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We test out wax hair removal strips from the 100-yen store on our hairy, manly legs

Could it possibly be easier than using a razor? It’s time to grit our teeth and find out!

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Enormous Buddhist Kannon statue in Sendai shocks visitors with otherworldly looming

It’s so massive that from certain angles it looks like Japan is under attack by a giant alien life-form.

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