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 newspapers announcing the new “Reiwa” era are being auctioned online for high prices

The making of history sure brings out the collector–and the greed–in people.

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Tomioka High Dance Club’s accomplishments grow as they dance in a classic ’90s-style commercial

These girls are climbing sky-high in their careers, and they haven’t even graduated yet!

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Japanese company’s sexual harassment seminar has a brutally honest opening exercise

Handsy old bosses, try this as a way to remember not to harass your female employees!

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Tokyo Disneyland changes the faces of their Mickey and Minnie costumes, breaks fans hearts

The difference is subtle, but to many fans, it’s significant.

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Japanese employee finds frightening warning in office bathroom, disguised as a friendly reminder

The hidden warning in a foreign language urged readers to run.

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We visit the new Moominvalley Park, have a great time and learn a few life lessons along the way

Even those who don’t know much about the Moomins will really enjoy this park!

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Japanese Twitter users make Osaka Metro’s English translation mistakes into running joke, memes

This is why you should never use automated translation software in a professional setting.

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Japanese women want men to get rid of their body hair, according to a recent survey

It would seem that nobody likes a hairy bod!

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Japanese Twitter community shocked to learn that train timetables are made with Microsoft Excel

When they could have been made with anything, it is kind of surprising to know they’ve been made with plain ol’ Excel.

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Diligent kitties conduct thorough bicycle examinations, keep the world safe for cyclists

No flaws will be missed under the thorough eyes of these meow-chanics!

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Funny case protects your iPhone from falling face down and cracking the screen using Murphy’s Law

If you are someone who’s always dropping your phone, you might want to invest in this case.

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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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