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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Japanese organizer cats will keep the inside of your bag orderly and adorable at all times

Can’t ever seem to find your keys or smartphone? Then maybe it’s time to let the cat into the bag.

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Dark figure version of Fate anime’s heroine is absolutely amazing and simply scary 【Photos】

Is it your destiny to own this Saber alternate created by the character designer from a different anime franchise?

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Samurai sword tights are here to make your legs look extra sharp

Have historical weapons from Japan’s Sengoku period guard your legs against the cold.

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Little sister anime star grows up, becomes spokesmodel for Japan’s teen voter education campaign

My little sister can’t possibly be this politically active, can she?

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Video game legend Hideo Kojima’s new YouTube channel launches 【Updated】

Metal Gear director’s first video will reveal his picks for the top 10 movies of 2015.

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Japanese Twitter artist illustrates six differences between imagined ideals and reality for women

From sneezes to panties, it’s not always like some people expect.

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How to create an anime-style magic circle with one simple item from the grocery store

No chicken sacrifice required for this mystic ritual.

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Sakura sneakers, in three different varieties, now on sale from Nike 【Photos】

These cherry blossom kicks will tell the whole world your feet are ready for spring.

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Cosplay photo safari: Winter Wonder Festival 2016 edition 【Photos】

Because plastic figures are only half the fun of Japan’s biggest modeling expo.

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Awesome Goku cosplayer tours city while riding Dragon Ball’s Flying Nimbus

This is easily the best way to get around Taipei.

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Photographic evidence that cats know we’re worshipping them found in Japan

After years of staring at cat pictures and videos with religious fervor, it looks like they’re onto us.

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Japanese company’s 3-D printed. disembodied faces and hands are both amazing and disturbing

Relax, no tiny people were dismembered in the making of this article.

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Boston clam chowder-flavored instant ramen docks in Japan

The Pacific Rim meets the Atlantic seaboard in Japan’s newest flavor of instant ramen.

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Squeezable cat paw PC mouse is ready to give office workers a cute, mid-shift pick-me-up

Playing cat and mouse at work has never been so adorable.

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Anime’s hottest scriptwriter makes the move to puppet theater for his newest project 【Video】

Gen Urobuchi, writer of anime hits Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero, teams up with Taiwanese puppeteers to create something unlike anything we’ve seen before.

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50-year-old video of Japan’s Battleship Island shows life in the deserted isle’s glory days 【Video】

Japan’s most famous urban ruins weren’t always deserted, as shown in this video from the 1960s when Gunkanjima’s ghost town was still alive and well.

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J-pop idol fans run amok, drop their pants at Tokyo concert

Many Japanese venues allow concertgoers to wave glow sticks, but waving your junk? That’s a no-no.

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Japan conformist? Not for one of these seven adorable pups 【Photos】

One of these puppies isn’t interested in fitting in, and Japan is more than OK with that.

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Impatient Chinese man’s decision to jump kick elevator door is a surprisingly poor one 【Video】

Don’t pick a fight with an elevator, because the elevator always wins.

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Japan’s chubby musical cat toys are a ridiculously cute piano substitute 【Video】

Why tickle the ivories or shred an ax when you can make music by squeezing some cats?

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