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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Eurobeat intensifies as Initial D becomes Initial Dog on Japanese mountain pass【Video】

Watch out, Takumi, because Kinako just might be faster than you one day.

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How to deal with Internet trolls, as taught by Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen’s singer

Some might call Piko Taro/Daimaou Kosaka’s strategy “running away,” but it’s just common sense, he says.

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A singalong song from Japan to surpass “Paprika?” Presenting “Karaoke Neko-chan”【Video】

One day, our boss put on a cat costume and decided to write a song for the children of the world.

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Back to work, and back to packed commuter trains in coronavirus emergency state-Tokyo【Photos】

Timing of government’s extension of nationwide state of emergency could be contributing to worse commuting conditions.

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One Piece manga extends free-to-read online period, creator posts series update, message of hope

Bilingual announcement from Eiichiro Oda and “Monkey Self-D.isciplined Luffy.”

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Final Fantasy fans around the world share musical creations with Home de Chocobo challenge【Video】

Square Enix’s organizes stay-home salute to the lovable fantasy steed.

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Crazy real-life original Resident Evil videos shows how far games have come, legends never die

Fan recreates the joy and frustration of the first steps into the survival horror franchise.

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Japanese train station installs chalkboards for people to write their post-corona hopes and dreams

Old-school design feature promises that happy days will come again and encourages community to share what it’s looking forward to.

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Tokyo cheerleader pub’s coronavirus countermeasures include full face shields for customers

Customers must also undergo four-stage disinfecting process before being seated.

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Anime pro’s awesome video shows how to beat stay-at-home boredom: Imagine you’re fighting a ninja

Dragon Ball and Fullmetal Alchemist veteran mixes real-world environment with amazing hand-drawn animation.

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Secretive Ghibli Museum starts video diary to give glimpse inside anime attraction【Videos】

The shrine to Hayao Miyazaki’s anime studio famously doesn’t allow guests to take photos or videos, but now it’s sharing its own!

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The 13-year-old video game contest winner who became one of Japan’s greatest manga artists

Once he was just a junior high kid who drew a Mega Man robot, but now he’s one of the most beloved comic artists in the world.

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A message from the future: Doraemon tells us what will happen if we stay home and wash our hands

The fun-loving anime robot cat gets serious as he delivers a message from the post-coronavirus pandemic world.

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Once upon a time, Japan had sewing machines you controlled with a Nintendo Game Boy【Photos】

A forgotten piece of video game history is back in the spotlight, so is it time for Nintendo to produce a modern update?

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Masks appear on statues of Japan’s loyal dog Hachiko, but only one gets to keep it【Photos】

Symbol of loyalty turned into a sign of the times, but Tokyo authorities ask people to stop.

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Crazy, heartless wife stars in Japanese textbook’s shocking conversation for English learners

Sure, maybe she loves her husband, but not as much as a certain side dish.

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No school lunches? Tokyo boxed lunch stand says kids have to pay, but doesn’t care when, to whom

Open-ended IOU is a tear-jerkingly literal application of paying it forward.

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Japanese genius invents a machine just to help you get out of unwanted video chats【Video】

Loading Circle Machine for Escape from Zoom is a communications solution for our weird new normal.

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Yoshinoya’s new Super-Special-Large Bowl: A gigantic three-animal 1,700-calorie fest【Taste test】

Three meals at once sounds like a perfect lunch to us.

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Japan’s 3-D Shiba glasses dress up in kimono for wonderful wafuku tea time【Photos】

Formally attired friends come in a set for double the smiles.

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