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.

All Stories by Casey Baseel

Donald Trump will probably be the first foreign leader to meet with Japan’s new emperor

State visit likely to occur in late spring/early summer of next year.

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Japanese cops called in to break up drunken brawl by other Japanese cops who were drunk

Multiple crimes committed during coworkers alcohol-fueled dinner.

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A visit to Tokyo’s fanciest coffeehouse for a 16,200 yen (US$143) bottle of coffee【Pics】

This Ginza cafe treats its coffee like fine wine, so we sent Mr. Sato to sample a vintage.

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Pager service is finally ending in Japan, but how many people still use them?

Country’s last-remaining pager company announces it’s shutting down its service, but users still have a couple more months to say their good-byes.

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Super-disturbing whole-roasted Pikachu pastry made by overly talented fan chef【Photos】

Maximum points for accuracy to the Pokémon source material, zero points for cuteness.

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The results are in from our one million-yen stack of Japanese lottery tickets! So, are we rich?

”I did it!” says our reporter, but what was “it?”

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Kirin gives us a clue on how to get a bottle of its skyrocketing-price whisky for cheap

Online prices for the soon-disappearing Fuji-sanroku Tarajuku Genshu 50 doubled in a day, but there’s still hope for those with shallow pockets.

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Miss World Japan: The great-times-20-granddaughter of samurai lord One-Eyed Dragon

Direct descendant of Date Masamune becomes first Japanese entrant to win talent portion with her beautiful opera vocals.

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Chinese poster for Totoro’s first theatrical release in country has a beautifully subtle secret

That’s not a forest or a field Hayao Miyazaki’s characters are walking through.

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The most popular Japanese baby names of the past 30 years, from Sakura to Shota

Meanings show hope for bold boys, beautiful girls in list of the most popular names of the Heisei era.

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Let’s go get a haircut at Tokyo’s anime otaku hair salon【Photos】

Akihabara’s awesome Off Kai is a hair salon by otaku and for otaku, and SoraNews24 stopped by for a trim.

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Autonomous AI security robot spotted patrolling Tokyo train station【Photos】

Self-controlled robo guard scans for dangerous individuals and suspicious packages, would probably look adorable with a police officer’s uniform.

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Japanese court orders YouTube to cooperate in shutting down “manga spoiler” videos

Tokyo court rules that reposting dialogue alone would have been enough for it to rule in manga publisher’s favor.

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Japanese man pretends to visit Muji stores 5.62 million times in six weeks, gets arrested again

Police say fraudster virtually visited Muji branches on three continents without ever leaving his Hokkaido home.

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What’s the real meaning of Japan’s “burning tofu” emoji?

It’s not fire, and it’s not food, but every Japanese person immediately understands the symbol that has the rest of the world scratching their heads.

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Idol anime voice actress explains why she doesn’t like being called an “idol”

”I don’t have any idea what other people’s image of perfection is.”

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Kirin will stop selling one of its most popular whiskies as Japanese spirit shortage continues

Sales of more expensive substitute will continue as normal, though.

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Japan’s new eight-headed dragon license plates might be the coolest in the entire world【Pics】

The Yamata no Orochi is ready to leap out of the annals of mythology and onto your car.

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Japanese artist shows amazing way to color illustrations: Let the fall leaves do it for you【Pics】

Breathtakingly beautiful artwork combines illustration, photography, and the Japanese art of kirie.

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Adult PreCure fans learn anime game for little girls can be emotionally devastating for grown-ups

Dialogue in new Nintendo Switch video game is just fine for little kids, but “a form of harassment” for older fans.

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