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

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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We try Freshness Burger’s latest creation, the Blueberry Cheese Burger【Taste Test】

Is the sweet-and-sour flavor of blueberries compatible with the savory, meaty flavor of a burger?

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Taco Bell Osaka branches now selling okonomiyaki burritos, promise delicious fusion flavor

A tortilla stuffed with all the tasty trappings of okonomiyaki? Sign us up!

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Japanese mobile pay service PayPay offers new, easy-to-use cashless payment system

All you need is a smartphone with the PayPay app on it!

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Limited edition lucky cat lunch boxes are back, promise to make your food too cute to eat

The cat-shaped boxes come in three adorable varieties.

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In downtown Tokyo, we talk to a guy who says he’s from Orion’s belt, get called an “idiot”

And this alien man told us that Earth’s sci-fi movies are completely wrong.

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Is this pet kitty in Japan a real-life nekomata mythical cat monster?

Could the evil yokai cats truly be among us?

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Balance of intelligence factors makes Japan the world’s smartest country, according to this list

A combination of average IQ scores and other factors earned Japan its spot on the top.

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Four foreign men arrested near Tokyo under charges of “international romance fraud”

The men allegedly misrepresented themselves as U.S. military members to cheat victims out of money.

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Japanese man surprises his busy wife with the best gift a mom can receive

This wife and mother was so happy and grateful to her husband that she cried.

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Nasal spray that could alleviate symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder now in clinical trials

The spray, which has been studied for more than five years, is now being tested on men, women, and children. 

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Member of yakuza arrested for having honest job, dishonest application

60-year-old man’s application paperwork lands him in trouble.

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Picture-perfect kitty cat with a single, heart-shaped spot on its back is an Instagram star

This perfectly spotted kitty is a natural model, too.

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The terror of playing a Japanese horror video game with cute face filters

It turns out that making freaky ghosts wear Snapchat-style filters does not make them less scary.

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