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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Tokyo hairstylist performs makeover magic in amazing before/after haircut video

Customer’s female coworkers end up making a very good recommendation.

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Japanese convenience store showdown – Who’s got the best ikura rice balls?【Taste test】

The big three all have their own salmon roe onigiri, but which one is right for you?

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How do Japanese fans feel about Netflix Cowboy Bebop trailer with return of anime voice actors?

Original voices for Spike, Faye, and more reprise roles for live-action adaptation.

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Squid Game work day – Testing out the secret tug-of-war technique【Pics, video】

Brains over brawn worked in the Korean drama, but will it work in the SoraNews24 office?

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Resident Evil Umbrella green, red herb bath salts now exist in real world, are terrifying【Pics】

Surely we can trust the makers of the t-virus to help us relax and improve our skin quality, right?

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Best random JRPG encounter ever? When giant 3-D Dragon Quest Slimes appear in Tokyo!【Video】

If you’re looking to bump into a pack of Slimes, Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood is the place to do it.

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Free admission to life-size, renewable-energy Gundam center celebrates its eco-friendly movement

Gundam takes a one-day break from fighting Zeon to raise sustainability awareness and save fans some cash.

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”We came home.” Sega makes arcade comeback with new game center in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district

Dry your tears, Sega fans. They’ve missed us too.

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You can now buy replica JR train containers to sleep, hang out, or do whatever you want in【Pics】

Recreated Japanese freight boxes can be outfitted like living rooms or bedrooms.

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Japanese woman finds wallet with 1 million yen, does the right thing, then something even better

If you ever happen to drop your wallet, keep your fingers crossed that someone like this picks it up.

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Starbucks Japan joins Been There drinkware line with 20 cool designs for all over Japan【Pics】

Starbucks’ Been There has never been here in Japan…until now!

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Tokyo restaurant’s bright idea: Lantern pods for you to sit in while you eat【Photos】

Centuries-old Kyoto craft workshop teams up with Tokyo luxury hotel for an unprecedented portioning system.

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Tokyo Skytree to light up in Demon Slayer character colors as part of tie-up event with anime hit

Demon Slayer Corps also appears on observation floor with photo spots, wisteria flowers made of fans’ wishes.

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100 yen store chain Daiso opens online shop with 30,000 items to choose from!

It’s the Daiso of dreams.

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New Disney anime series focuses on beautiful boys living in villain-inspired magical dormitories

In a twist fans might have seen coming, Twisted Wonderland is getting a Disney Plus anime adaptation.

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Japanese airline introduces one-month all-you-can-fly pass for under US$200

The word houdai always gets people excited, but this time it’s on a whole other level.

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Crazy expensive “phantom beef” instant curry — Dream come true or edible nightmare?【Taste test】

You could eat restaurant curry multiple times for the price of this single-serving vacuum pack.

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Hilariously low-quality Attack on Titan Levi figures lead fans to start petition for replacements

Look what they did to fans’ best boy.

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Super Mario and Pikachu join forces for new parade at Universal Studios Japan

With characters from Super Mario, Pokémon, Sanrio, and Sesame Street, it’s like the Smash Bros. of theme park parades.

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Japan’s BPO media watchdog organization responds to complaints about Demon Slayer

Some viewers were upset over content shown on TV during prime time.

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