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

Shibuya stylist transforms nerdy-looking man into handsome guy with a trendy makeover【Video】

This new look could give him a new confidence in life.

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Beautiful mountain farmlands are yet another reason to visit rural Japan

As if you really needed more motivation

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Harry Potter and the what?! Netizen’s childhood artwork draws laughs from Japanese Twitter

At first you’ll be impressed with this drawing, but then you’ll want to laugh when you scroll down to see the rest.

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Regular cup noodle bowls not enough for you? Try this 2000+ calorie instant yakisoba instead!

One pound of noodles should suffice, don’t you think?

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Brand new Shibuya mall and hotel to open in September, promises riverside strolls and tasty food

While the Hachiko side is geared towards young people, “Shibuya Stream” will represent a more mature side of Shibuya.

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Planning to propose to a Pokémon fan? They’ll love this gorgeous Mew engagement ring

This solid gold diamond ring will certainly have them saying “I do”!

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Cup Noodle Championship: Which convenience store tantanmen is the most delicious?

Meg ranks four new broth-less, Szechuan-style cup noodle bowls to find out which ones will have the best taste of China.

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They’re cute, and they’re pretty, but they’re also tough, and they will make you take no for an answer.

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Feeling fancy? Fly first class without leaving the ground at virtual reality restaurant in Tokyo

Comfy seats, a four course meal, and a VR show? We guarantee this will be an experience you’ll never forget.

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Love Live! fan gets kicked out of event for wearing mountain of anime merchandise

The character merchandise was made into what looks like enormous samurai armor, but event officials weren’t impressed.

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6 reasons why Pokémon GO might make a comeback, according to P.K. Sanjun

Our Japanese-language reporter thinks the worldwide phenomenon could rise to popularity again soon.

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Twitter users post “photos that can never be taken again” as viral hashtag sweeps the country

This incredible collection of images captures moments so unique they’re unlikely to ever be replicated.

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The rumors are circulating: What could the upcoming Pokémon Switch game be?

Let’s GO! Pikachu? Let’s GO! Eevee? Or something else entirely?

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Japanese indie game that plays with shadows and light looks both original and challenging【Video】

In the game, the character carries a flashlight and uses the shadows it creates to block or pass obstacles along the way.

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Adventures in Morocco: Our Japanese language reporter orders a hamburger, gets a surprise

There was meat, there was bread, and there were fries, but it still wasn’t quite as expected.

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10 stalled Japanese game franchises that deserve a sequel, according to gamers

There are a lot of oldies but goodies on here!

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This may look like an ordinary vending machine from afar, but it’s a different picture up close

What’s unique about this vending machine may draw your eye if you look carefully enough.

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Iranian female soccer fans cross-dress to get into soccer stadium, netizens cheer

In Iran, women are forbidden from stadiums, but for fans of soccer, drastic times call for drastic measures.

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Beautiful “sandy beach” near Nagasaki Airport is not made of sand…it’s made of glass!

And it doesn’t hurt to walk on it with your bare feet!

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Hilarious GIF shows what could have happened to Moon Jae-in when he stepped into North Korea

Frankly, we’re kind of surprised it didn’t happen.

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