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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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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Survey picks Japan’s most attractive prefectures – Familiar spots at top and bottom of rankings

Prefectures at the bottom might not be as bad as the numbers make them seem, though.

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U.S. college student learns the hard way to get your Japanese kanji tattoo checked by an expert

Innocent idea doesn’t go anywhere close to how she expected.

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Introducing the nyabudai and nyabon: Matching dining tables sized for you and your cat【Pics】

And yes, there’s a Japanese pun involved.

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You want fries with that? Too bad – KFC Japan running out of potatoes, suspending French fry sales

Bad news for anyone who’s craving some Kentucky-fried potatoes.

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Japanese gacha capsule vending machines now sell random-destination airplane ticket  discounts

A gacha capsule for anyone who truly thinks it’s not the destination that’s important, but the journey.

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Giant flying Totoro balloon appears at Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum【Video】

Museum marks a special milestone since its opening.

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Flower field bento is cute, quick, and easy…just be careful not to make one mistake【Pics】

Japanese Twitter falls in love with both the clever before and disastrous after of this boxed lunch.

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Ramen egg showdown! Which Japanese convenience store makes the best nitamago?【Taste test】

Nitamago are an overlooked treasure of Japanese convenience stores, but which is the right one for you?

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Official Pokémon furniture line launches with Pikachu Sofa and Poké Ball table【Photos】

Cute enough for any fan, and stylish enough for any home.

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Nothing is more relaxing than watching this Japanese artist drawing with Daiso crayons【Video】

“Let’s overcome these barriers” says Shibasaki, who just might be everyone’s kind and cool Japanese art uncle.

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Totoro wants to be your ears’ neighbor with adorable embroidered Ghibli earrings

Fuzzy friends from Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away also appear as scrunchies.

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Adorable dog plushie from Japan looks 100-percent like actual dog, but nothing like you’d expect

A very cute dog that should not be confused with a pup or pooch.

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Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama passes away

Composer didn’t enter the video game business until he was in his 50s, still created over 500 pieces of music for landmark video game series.

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