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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Posable “Nude” vending machine capsule toy is a better choice for artists than perverts

Gacha mannequin makes for a compact and affordable reference tool.

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Japanese otaku singles parties say they only want guys who are otaku, but don’t look like otaku

Female participants can look as otaku-like as they want, though.

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China is getting its own Gundam life-size anime robot statue

18.03-meter (59.2-foot) statue will be the first outside of Japan.

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Real cops get called to fake art theft event at Tokyo gallery in the middle of the night【Photos】

OK-to-steal art exhibition’s guests/thieves attract lots of attention.

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Tokyo Disneyland cancels Christmas

With the midsummer heat still not quite here, Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea call off Christmas and all other seasonal celebrations.

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Tokyo in 60 frames-per-second, 107 years in the past, looks amazing【Video】

AI-restored video opens a hyper-realistic window to the Japan of a century ago.

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10-second Japanese katsu curry – Is this the world’s most amazing instant food?【Video】

Blows minds, stimulates appetites.

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Japanese mom praises hard-studying teenage son…for his Pokémon notes?!?

Scholarly approach makes it look like he’s been hitting the books, but really he’s just trying to catch ‘em all.

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Japan is getting a new for-beer KitKat variety, and beer inspired by KitKats to drink with it

KitKat Snax is for those who want to sip while they snack.

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Japan’s All-Alone Tents see skyrocketing demand during coronavirus pandemic

Bocchi Tent provides psychological benefits for Japan’s thousands of new telecommuters.

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Want your own Japanese coronavirus quarantine room? Cardboard cubicles on sale to general public

Absolutely no tools, tape, or glue required for construction.

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Tokyo plan to give 100,000 yen to residents who get infected with coronavirus sparks backlash

“So is this the start of the Coronavirus Challenge Lottery?” asks opponent of Shinjuku program.

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Shinkansen bullet train tickets go half-off until spring of next year in east Japan travel push

11 different routes from Tokyo offering huge discounts.

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Japan’s beautiful new campground looks perfect for living out your Princess Mononoke fantasies

Uga Valley campground makes a very convincing argument to take a detour from the standard Tokyo-Kyoto travel route.

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Japanese pubs in Tokyo, Osaka now have special seats for online drinking party customers

Special one-person seats for when your party has to be online, but you don’t want to have it at home.

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Japanese idol singer responds to fan who gushes over how much he loves her thighs

”I want you to consider whether or not what you write is appropriate.”

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Birth of new kusoge legend — Zelda wannabe has copied Zelda music, all-original crazy bugs【Vids】

Final Sword’s gameplay is suspiciously familiar and copied music got it pulled from Nintendo’s eShop, but its shoddy physics are brand-new, and hilarious.

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Japanese vending machines will now let your buy things using your face

Smile for the camera (and the drink).

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Neon Genesis Evang-olfian? Adorable Angel and Pen Pen plushies are here to keep clubs safe

Evangelion is known for its strange merchandising tie-ups, and now it wants to help those hitting the links between giant robot battles.

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New light-up Japanese bar sign capsule toys make drinking at home feel like a night on the town

Get the look of five types of Tokyo’s back-alley bars in the comfort of your kitchen.

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