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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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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Here’s how to be a Shiba Inu’s favorite person

A trip to a Tokyo dog cafe and a chance encounter with a Shiba Inu master leads to an epiphany for our canine-loving reporter.

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Here’s what happens when you mix 75 types of Japanese instant curry together【SoraKitchen】

Creating the King of Curries means we’re pretty much done cooking for the entire week.

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Hideo Kojima’s company closes office after employee confirmed infected with coronavirus

Video game studio is told it doesn’t have to close, but decides to make worker safety its priority.

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Tokyo Olympics announces new start date following coronavirus postponement

Tokyo’s governor hopes having firm start date will allow athletes and organizers to better focus on preparing for the delayed Games.

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All aboard Tokyo’s newest English-playable real escape game! We try Escape from the Runaway Train

Nine rooms of puzzles and a countdown to disaster to get your team’s minds working and pulses racing.

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Japan to ban entry to foreign travelers from the U.S., China, most of Europe

Roughly one third of the planet expected to be unable to travel to Japan as part of expanded coronavirus countermeasures.

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How is Japan coping with telecommuting? Survey asks for the good and bad of working from home

The coronavirus outbreak is shaking up how Japan works, but is the shaking too hard?

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