Casey Baseel

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Casey Baseel spent his formative years staring in frustration at un-subtitled Japanese TV programming shown on Southern California’s international channel. Taking matters into his own hands, he moved to Tokyo to study the language, then found work in Yokohama a decade ago teaching, translating, and marketing hotels he can’t afford to stay in. When not participating in the eternal cycle of exercising to burn the calories form his love of Japanese food, Casey scours used comic and game shops for forgotten classics, drags his wife around the country in a quest to visit all its castles, sings karaoke not nearly as well as he thinks he does, and counts the days until the summertime bars open on Enoshima Beach.

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The adorable Pikachu cushion we want anyway comes with 50 free real-world donuts

Pokémon and Mister Donut lucky bags continue to be a sure thing for fans of the series and sweets.

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Tokyo’s gigantic new anime store will be among largest in the world, and it won’t be in Akihabara

Specialty shop Animate stays true to its roots as it gets ready to celebrate a big milestone with a big store.

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Japanese bus driver chases down groper who targeted 18-year-old girl on his vehicle

Gives chase, then gives superhero-level statement about why he did what he did.

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The surprisingly deep differences of sailor suit school uniform collar styes – Kanto-eri and more

Schoolgirl uniform manufacturer diagrams four major variations.

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Ghibli Museum asking for donations from overseas fans to help it through hard times

Donors will be rewarded with a thank-you card with Hayao Miyazaki illustration.

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Tokyo gets its first subway station ramen vending machine

Three popular chains offering frozen ramen packs for people riding the subway but thinking about noodles.

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Japanese mom at seaside hospital with no visiting hours gets a beautiful get-well message

We need tissues, stat.

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Japanese high school student builds giant, moving Gundam robot in his free time【Video】

And this amazing Zaku II isn’t the only awesome 3-D anime fan art he’s made.

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Japanese government freezes inbound air reservations for foreign residents and Japanese citizens

New restrictions come just one day after latest coronavirus-related border tightening.

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Temple camping in Japan at Wakayama’s Daitaiji【Photos】

A lot of temples in Japan offer dormitory rooms, but this one has an even cooler option.

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New My Neighbor Totoro fashion bags and wallets save best surprise for what’s on the inside【Pics】

Studio Ghibli anime’s forest spirit lends his presence to these Porter bags both inside and out.

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Low-quality paper cranes folded by young gyaru – Japan’s newest weird capsule toys

It’s not how this origami looks that’s important, but why it looks that way.

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Japan completely closes borders to new foreign arrivals

Relaxed coronavirus regulations unable to last even one month as sources say first omicron case has been discovered.

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Kubipan neck pants, the hot new Tokyo style that we just made up and hurts our butt cracks【Pics】

Mr. Sato refuses to be bound by conventional fashion philosophies for these Uniqlo pants.

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Is the Universal Studios Japan Demon Slayer ride worth riding if you’re not a Demon Slayer fan?

To ride or not to ride is an easy choice if you already love or hate Demon Slayer, but what if your feelings are somewhere in the middle?

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Eringi mushrooms can be an unexpected source of otaku loneliness, Twitter learns

”Lousy eringi, making me feel miserable.”

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Japanese company starts paid service to attach protective film to your smartphone for you

Docomo, Japan’s largest telecom provider, launches Film Attachment Support program, but it’ll cost you.

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Treat your package like an anime hero with new Saint Seiya underwear【Photos】

Gold and Bronze Cloths become real-world boxer briefs.

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Legendary anime voice actress Megumi Hayashibara wins Japan’s Best Jeanist Award【Video】

Voice of Faye, Rei, and Lina is saluted for denim excellence, takes stage in unique jeans with a Pokémon connection.

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Japanese Twitter user gets heartwarming surprise from true ally when he starts his tax paperwork

Though maybe he should have seen this coming.

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