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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Excessive dog pee to blame for traffic light collapse, Japanese police think

Suspects in Suzuka were presumably bad boys.

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Evangelion LCL ice cream is real and the new taste of summer in Japan

We mustn’t run away from this bold new frontier in frozen desserts.

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Feud with boy band talent agency might spell the end of Sega’s Judgement video game series

Lost Judgement could be the last Judgement if Sega can’t work out a compromise with with Takuya Kimura’s agency.

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Prodigious Pokémon Project Piplup plushie provides perfectly peaceful naptime【Photos】

This Pokémon plushie is big enough to serve as a desk and soft enough to use as a pillow.

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Japanese police take down knife-wielding man at train station without using lethal force【Video】

Incident occurred at major train station in one of Japan’s largest cities.

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Shocking video shows Japanese man’s car being stolen right outside his home. Let’s help him get it back

Be on the lookout for this silver Mazda RX-7.

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This Nara workshop has been making deer crackers for more than 100 years and offers tours【Photos】

The oldest shika senbei maker in the city gives us an inside look and a fresh-cooked taste.

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Mister Donut becomes Mister Pizza? Japan’s favorite donut chain now sells pizza too【Taste test】

Is Mister Donut now a viable one-stop spot for dinner and dessert?

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Zelda hacker arrested by police in Japan for selling modified Breath of the Wild save data

Long arm of the law stretches from Niigata to Tokyo in investigation into “the ultimate save data.”

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A.I. Japanese bar Mama-san is ready to listen to your troubles at her virtual bar

Created through extensive interviews with a real-life Mama-san, A.I. Yoshiko is here for when you need a caring ear.

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After 40 years, Hayao Miyazaki’s first solo-directed anime is finally coming to North America

In the past, before there was a Studio Ghibli, there was a boy named Conan living in the future.

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Frigid Silver Bukkake Udon is Japan’s latest way to beat the summer heat

Why just have cold noodles when you can have ice noodles?

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Tokyo starts massive renovation project for entrances to the world’s busiest train station

And don’t worry, the coronavirus travel ban will definitely be over in time for you to see it as soon as it’s done.

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Eternal Sailor Moon fans can soon own a high-quality Crisis Moon Compact for adults

Metallic transformation item is “almost” 1:1-scale.

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New champion for title of longest-running manga ever, creator explains how he’s lasted this long

Golgo 13 has been killing people for over 50 years, and the series’ longevity is due in part to its artist’s rice-farmer mentality.

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Idol singer quitting group because otaku that show up to their concerts are “nasty”

Though maybe that shouldn’t have been such a surprise with this particular underground idol unit.

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What are Japanese teens wishing for at this year’s Tanabata Star Festival?

The list includes some traditional favorites, but the number-one wish is for something very timely.

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How to make no-rice “fried rice”【SoraKitchen】

Fried rice without rice might sound like fried nothing, but our chef shows that nothing is impossible.

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Instant karma? Accused voyeur falls off bridge at Shibuya Staion, breaks several bones【Video】

Two accused perverts make a break for it by running along Tokyo train tracks on the same day.

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Ninja dojo opens in Tokyo’s Asakusa, offers courses in shuriken, stealth, and sensory perception

Japan Ninja Council wants to give visitors their first steps down the path of the shinobi.

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