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

Mr. Sato watched the Japan vs. Colombia game in a Colombian bar, thinks he made a new friend

It was a night full of unexpected developments!

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Illustration by manga artist shows why elementary kids should be allowed to leave books at school

Even grade school kids have a lot to carry to every day.

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Fully automated Chinese restaurant is the eatery of the future, threatens world’s restaurant jobs

First our jobs, then our world. The robot apocalypse may be closer than we think.

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Bitter Colombian soccer fan tries to insult Japan, Japanese fans respond with kindness, and memes

You can’t faze these Japanese netizens.

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Japanese women become wives, realize why their mothers sometimes ate ramen despite making dinner

Mothers always say to their daughters, “You’ll understand when you’re a mother,” and it’s so true.

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Our male Japanese-language reporter gets a professional makeover, becomes pretty cheerleader

Football players might be surprised by what they’d find under this cheerleader’s skirt…

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Japanese fathers lack appreciation on Father’s Day, urged to celebrate it for themselves

A survey revealed that more than half of adults weren’t planning to give their dads gifts, leaving them sadly un-celebrated.

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Minecraft builders create an amazingly detailed world of Spirited Away, give us a video tour

Who needs a movie when you can just tour the Minecraft recreation?

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Is the wedding bouquet toss a form of harassment? Some Japanese women say “Yes”

The criticism of the bouquet toss has led many Japanese brides and grooms to omit it from their receptions entirely.

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Seiko to release new Ghibli watches, including limited-edition 30th anniversary Totoro watches

Fans of Kiki’s Delivery Service will also want to check these out.

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New vending machines around Japan dispense popular Pokémon goods with interactive Pikachu

Looking for some Pokémon merchandise? Pop by a Pokémon Stand!

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We test out wax hair removal strips from the 100-yen store on our hairy, manly legs

Could it possibly be easier than using a razor? It’s time to grit our teeth and find out!

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Enormous Buddhist Kannon statue in Sendai shocks visitors with otherworldly looming

It’s so massive that from certain angles it looks like Japan is under attack by a giant alien life-form.

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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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