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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Hayao Miyazaki has secret concept for next anime, considers all animators his rivals, son says

While at Cannes to accept Ghibli’s Palme d’Or, Goro Miyazaki says “The history of Ghibli is a history of failed generational handovers.”

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Cup Noodle maker’s super-easy recipe turns instant noodles into quick okonomiyaki【Recipe】

Donbei isn’t just instant udon, it’s an okonomiyaki building block.

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New Hello Kitty and friends summer kimono are perfect for Sanrio-loving parents, kids, and sisters

Yukata and obi featuring three of the biggest Sanrio stars come in adult and kids sizes.

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This super cheap, super Japanese-looking Tokyo hotel is a hit with foreign travelers

Minami Senju continues to be a travel bargain with the Tokyo SA Ryokan.

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Uniqlo brings cultural cuteness to Edo animals T-shirt line with Japanese history’s greatest artists

Hokusai and four other ukiyo-e masters featured.

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Ultra-cheap, convenient Tokyo hotel is a great place to stay…if you pay extra for earplugs

The name should have tipped us off.

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Kyoto study finds nearly 500 translation errors for foreign tourists, new guidelines released

Kyoto City Tourism Association wants the town to clean up its translation act.

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Practical Zelda Tears of the Kingdom merch is here to be Hyrule-helpful in your daily life【Pics】

And, of course, it looks really cool too.

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Japan’s video rental giant now rents wigs, so we tried them out【Photos】

Our fashionable reporter has never worn a wig before, and will she want to again after this?

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Tokyo’s beckoning cat temple asks foreign tourists to stop writing on the beckoning cats they buy

Gotokuji claims the figurines are “sacred.”

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Japanese Lolita fashion designers create amazing Madoka Magica dresses

Real-world fashion one-ups magical girl anime in frill-count.

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Lots of Japanese parents want their kids to work for Nintendo, but not just for the money, survey says

Only one company was a more popular pick among parents and grandparents.

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Starbucks releases special matcha Frappuccino made with Japan’s first matcha leaves of the year

New matcha lineup spruces up green tea beverages with hatsutsumi leaves.

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Japanese man tells friend to wear suit to wedding party, so he comes as Mobile Suit Gundam

Finds time to fight Evangelion while celebrating friend’s marriage.

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Evangelion creator says there might be more Eva anime to come

But Hideaki Anno isn’t sure he wants to be the one to direct it.

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Mt. Fuji-blocking screen installed as response to bad tourist manners to be in place by next week

After initial delay, plan to block view of “Fuji Lawson” is back on track.

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Japan now has a convenience store that can be towed by a car【Video】

What’s more convenient than a convenience store that can come to you?

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Spirited Away witch Yubaba takes over containers of one of Japan’s favorite puddings

Studio Ghibli star pushes Humphrey Bogart out of the way.

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Mt. Fuji hiking trail reservation system and advance payment details released

Climbing Mt. Fuji is getting more expensive and more complicated from this summer.

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Pokémon color-coded cosmetic sunscreen set to protect skin this summer in Japan

Pikachu and pals team up with makeup maker &be.

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