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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Pokémon Pinap Berry Juice being served in real world at Tokyo’s Piakchu Sweets cafe【Taste test】

Raise a glass to one of Pokémon’s favorite in-game snacks, which you can now try for yourself!

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This amazing bowl of meaty ramen? Made entirely with Japanese convenience store stuff

Ramen expert shows us the most luxurious way to drop 1,000 yen at 7-Eleven.

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Nintendo is suing Bowser to stop his latest evil plan

King of the Koopas remains in fine legal standing, but someone with his namesake is headed to the courtroom.

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What’s going on in this brain-breakingly beautiful cherry blossom temple photo?

Moon-viewing pavilion offers out-of-this-world sight.

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What time of day gets you the best-tasting sushi at a revolving sushi restaurant?

We ask an expert what time we should set our sushi-loving intestinal clocks for.

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“Love Pixar” tweets Studio Ghibli’s official Twitter account

The two companies go way back, and apparently there’s a piece of crossover fan art hanging on the wall inside Studio Ghibli.

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Reminder: Never ask the cops in Japan to shoot you

Man in Nagoya learns obvious lesson the hard way.

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Ghost in the Shell sake salutes three anime cyberpunk heroes with three different flavors

Ghost in the sake.

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Pokémon fan chef’s Psyduck sweets are so cute they’re making our head hurt【Photos/Video】

Creative confectioner also makes edible Eevee evolutions and Monster Hunter dragon.

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Japanese government removes controversial radioactive material illustration video and pamphlet

Awareness campaign for plan to dump radioactive water into ocean lands creators in hot water.

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Creator of Gundam says his goal is to crush Demon Slayer and Evangelion

Age has in no way mellowed out Yoshiyuki Tomino.

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Tokyo Disney Resort announces Frozen, Tangled expansion【Videos】

Fans will be able to visit Arendelle, Rapunzel’s tower, and one more classic Disney setting.

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Unmarked cop cars in Japan pull crazy Transformer-style trick when they pull someone over【Videos】

More than meets the eye.

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World’s first permanent Godzilla theme park ride opening at Tokyo-area amusement park

Godzilla the Ride: Great Kaiju Decisive Dominance Battle promises to “change the way you look at humanity, and Godzilla.”

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Japan government makes cute illustrated version of radioactive isotope it plans to dump into sea

Video released on same day approval is granted for waste water project at Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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Even among Japanese convenience stores, the Daily Hot makes this chain especially awesome

People tend to forget about Daily Yamazaki, but this cool feature makes the chain totally worth remembering.

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Live-action U.S.-produced Gundam movie is coming to Netflix

Anime mecha saga leaping to live-action in tie-up with streaming giant, Chinese theatrical release also planned.

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J-pop star Utada Hikaru teases new music video in preview for her latest anime theme【Videos】

Six seconds is all fans need to hear to know another hit is on the way, but there’s a longer preview too.

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Wife takes revenge on cheating husband by auctioning his Yu-Gi-Oh! collection for millions of yen

The cheating heart of the cards.

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Japanese parents can turn their baby into Pikachu, rent Pokémon kimono at photo studio【Photos】

New outfits combine the art of Pokémon with the traditions of the Shichi-Go-San festival.

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