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

$11,000 luxury Japanese toilet will probably give you the best poop experience of your life

And it’s coming to U.S. bathrooms near you this fall.

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If you want your kids to go to elite universities, give them Legos, Japanese study says

According to a study done by Lego Japan, the majority of surveyed graduates from elite universities played with Legos when they were children.

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Universal Studios Japan’s Monster Hunter attraction lets you use a secret “Sailor” anime weapon

Hint: It’s a surprise collaboration with another hit Japanese franchise with a lunar theme!
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Foreigner delights Japanese netizens with hilarious video about Japanese washlet toilets

With slapstick, situational comedy and a clever use of language, the video is sure to make anyone laugh.

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On the 7th anniversary of 3.11, Japanese netizens reflect on the story of the tsunami motorcycle

The story of the Harley Davidson that traveled across the Pacific Ocean is warming hearts again.

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What’s it like to be a working mother in China? We asked a Chinese mom

In Japan, working mothers are often frowned upon, but is it the same in China?

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Experience the real terror of a giant monster attack with the upcoming Escape From Godzilla Game!

If watching the old movies is not thrilling enough for you, maybe taking him down yourself will give you the rush you’re looking for.

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Japanese government says Internet slang is too hard to understand, issues guidelines for netspeak

The Agency for Cultural Affairs’ National Language Subcommittee of the Cultural Deliberation Council asks people to be easier to understand online.

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Popular virtual YouTuber Kizuna Ai selected as ambassador for new “Come to Japan” campaign【Video】

The bubbly virtual girl has released her first video as part of the campaign, and it’s a great way to learn about the country’s charms.

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Find out how lucky you’ll be in the Year of the Dog with this witty online fortune teller

Good luck or bad luck, you’ll probably get a good laugh out of your fortune either way.

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Does Daiso’s fork designed especially for pasta live up to its name? We find out!

You may think you don’t need such a frivolous item, but we’re here to tell you that you do.

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Rice “raised on fighter jet roars” from Ishikawa Prefecture is sure to break the flavor barrier

And it’s all thanks to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s F-15s (and an Ishikawa-based vendor).

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Is it a crime to ditch a bad date and leave them with the bill? Japanese man finds out

After fleeing a restaurant when a women he met online wasn’t who he thought she was, one man was surprised to get a call from the police.

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Anime director under fire for anti-Semitic tweets intended for international community

Tweets made by Kazuyoshi Yaginuma, director of the anime Recovery of an MMO Junkie, claim that the Holocaust and Diary of Anne Frank, among other things, are fabrications.

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Competitive aquatic plant designs look more like gorgeous jungles than fish tanks

Some of the aquariums look like they could be a screenshot of a scene from Princess Mononoke.

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New “Rainbow Potato Chips” are disappointingly not multi-colored, but delightfully multi-flavored

Get a taste of seven different Japanese soup stocks with every bite of these new Don Quijote-exclusive chips!

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Party game Nippon Marathon promises a hilariously good time racing characters in wacky costumes

Run across Japan-inspired maps while avoiding deadly obstacles like umbrellas and flying pineapples.

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iPhone explodes at Vietnamese hair salon, thankfully only injures Apple fans’ pride【Video】

Security footage from the salon shows a bright blast and a startled cashier leaping away.

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We take a trip to China to explore one of its four ancient cities: Langzhong!

Experience the venerable beauty of a city that is more than 2,300 years old.

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Designer’s tweets during first trip to Japan perfectly show why it’s such a great place to visit

In just the first day of his stay, designer tweeted more than 50 things that pleasantly surprised him about Japan.

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