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.

All Stories by Casey Baseel

Japan’s prime minster to declare state of emergency for Tokyo over coronavirus infections

Increasing rate of infections expected to prompt other major Japanese cities also being part of designated emergency areas.

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Kirby wedding rings let you combine powers with the love of your life【Photos】

Nintendo’s lovable ball of cuteness transforms into extremely elegant designs.

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Japanese baby flashes peace sign from the womb, lets mom know everything is going to be all right

Today, let’s all try to be as calm and confident as this kid.

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Anime voice actors need loans, face “dangerous levels of poverty” during pandemic, union says

Survey of live-action and vocal performers shows startling number who’ve already used up their savings.

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Japan’s steampunk business card holder says “Let’s do lunch, and yes, I am from the future-past”

Turns one of the most fundamental parts of life in Japan into an unforgettable event.

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The SoraNews24 Work from Home Health Guide: Stretching with Mr. Sato!【Photos】

Mr. Sato is wiser, and healthier, than people think, and he’s here to help you stay loose and limber.

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How to kill your temptation to go outside this weekend with one piece of paper and some tape

Japanese comedian creates a 30-second countermeasure that can help you, and your community, stay safe from the coronavirus.

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Empty Akihabara – Tokyo’s otaku district hit hard by coronavirus outbreak【Photos】

The gathering point for anime and game fans from around the globe looks eerily different these days.

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Home invasion robber makes Japanese granny feed him, gives her 10 masks in return

Super-hospitable senior citizen even gives him a second helping.

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Corona Beam of Death Godzilla Magic card to be altered due to coronavirus pandemic

26 years later, an obscure bit of Godzilla lore doesn’t sound quite so fun.

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One Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask scene is less zany, much sadder to adults, salaryman learns

Postman, we’re sorry for laughing at you.

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Otaku shine bright with Japan’s #otaku glow-up championship 2020【Photos】

Why grow out of being an otaku when you can glow up into being a beautiful one?

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer appointed as newest Cool Japan ambassador

Enako is chosen by the Cabinet of Japan to promote Japanese pop culture on an international scale.

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Anime hair for a day! Testing the new Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba hair coloring wax

Two-tone tresses of hit anime/manga inspire line of easy-use hair products.

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Taste-testing Tokyo’s biggest, best edible bug vending machine【Photos】

We take a chance with a random selection from a machine that sells tarantulas and dung beetles for you to eat.

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How would Love Live! look as an early-‘80s post-apocalyptic anime? Awesome, video reboot shows

Fist of the school idol festival?

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Stay-home sakura – Japanese Twitter shares breathtaking cherry blossom photos of past and present

Cherry blossom plans cancelled? Here’s a new one: doing hanami at home with these beautiful photos.

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Tokyo rickshaw puller tells us why he isn’t staying home from work during coronavirus outbreak

He’s ready to run customers around the empty streets of Asakusa, even though he knows it’s not the safest choice.

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WARNING! The Civic hatchback can’t drive through Evangelion AT fields, Honda’s lawyers say【Vids】

Actual driving experience may not include Angel battles, Shinji, Rei, and Asuka want us to know.

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