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

Whimsical new Vietnamese bridge looks like it’s held up by the hands of gods

It looks like it could be a set from The Lord of the Rings!

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Japanese netizens share amazing anecdotes of cats understanding human speech

Heartwarming tales from multiple netizens suggest that cats, especially stray “boss” cats, are smarter than we thought.

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Chinese company’s employees eat out of a urinal to prove how much they value hygiene【Video】

Apparently this Chinese tea company takes sanitation very seriously.

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Cute and comfy women’s-only hotel in Kyoto has everything you need for the perfect girls’ trip

This stylish new hotel has plenty of convenient amenities, and a great location to boot.

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Why is the iPhone the smartphone of choice for young Japanese women?

Although there are plenty of brands to choose from in Japan, the iPhone remains the most popular smartphone for young women.

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Japanese summer is worse than summer in Death Valley, says our correspondent, a seasoned traveler

What makes Japanese summer more unbearable than the harsh heat of the desert?

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Japanese high school student makes gross yet cool action figure out of bugs

“He invaded the earth and survives as the fittest of the bug world.”

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We try out “instant rice balls”, prepared with water, to see if they’re actually tasty

These rice balls are meant to be cooked easily and to last for a long time…but do they sacrifice flavor for function?

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It’s so hot in Japan that people are cooking food in/on their cars【Photos】

Too busy to cook after work? This might be a solution for you.

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Japanese child’s sad story of learning that “goodwill” is sometimes just “self-satisfaction”

It’s a hard truth they learned early on in life.

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New bright blue salad dressing now available, promises Instagram-worthy restaurant dishes

Thanks to this new product we might be seeing a lot more blue food at restaurants in Japan over the next few months.

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Creative Thai snack commercials are clever and funny, but also perplexing and weird

And yet for some reason you’ll still want to eat these snacks.

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Super compact, foldable electric motorcycle soon to be available in stores in Japan

More fun than a bike, more convenient than a scooter, the Blaze Smart EV is the best new way to get around town.

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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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