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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Kyoto Animation releases first 10 minutes of Violet Evergarden movie free to watch online【Video】

An extended, and beautiful, look at the theatrical anime hit of the fall.

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How should you respond when a Japanese person gives you a compliment?

You may have heard there’s only one proper phrase to use, but that’s not true.

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Women in Japan to be allowed to buy morning-after pill without a doctor’s prescription

Change in regulations follows lobbying by advocacy groups.

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A Pokémon glitch no one discovered in 18 years has been found…by a pet fish in Japan?!?【Videos】

Lala the Siamese fighting fish finds something fishy in the Seafloor Cavern.

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Faster! Japan’s Shinkansen to get speed boost along Tohoku route

Good news if you want to get there even faster than a speeding bullet train can right now.

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How to make a no-bake mille crepes-style cake with cheap combini chocolate wafers【SoraKitchen】

Fancy cafe style from simple convenience store snacks.

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Finally, a tool to save us from the pain of sitting Japanese-style【Photos】

Pattato Seiza aims to take the discomfort out of a part of Japanese etiquette that many Japanese people hate: seiza.

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Yakuza officially banned from giving kids Halloween candy by Japanese government

Kobe kids will need to find a new place to trick-or-treat.

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Opening season announced for Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World

Park finally has a timetable to let us start racing Mario Karts, punching question blocks, and eating Luigi’s hat.

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One of Japan’s largest financial companies offers four-day weekend plan for all employees

Mizuho employees will get to chose how much they want to work.

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No panty shots, under any circumstances, please, says anime’s creator to animation staff

Wants series to have fans of all ages.

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Is the final Evangelion movie going to be six hours long? Cryptic tweet has some fans worried

Forget “I mustn’t run away,” and keep telling yourself you mustn’t drink a large soda before seeing how the anime franchise wraps up.

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Hey! You Can Drink Sweet Potatoes, says Japanese beverage maker with new drink

Yakiimo-style drink is just the thing for autumn in Japan.

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You can now rent Sega’s iconic Building 2 Akihabara arcade space, but it’ll cost you…A LOT

Even hanging some of those cool posters on the outside will cost you a small fortune.

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All participants of “orgy party” in Japan arrested

Cops bust organizer who says he’s been hosting the parties for years.

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Sony switches X button to confirm for PlayStation 5 worldwide, gamers in Japan freak out

26 years of muscle memory training are going to need to be undone once the PS5 launches.

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Japan’s all-anime-themed hotel previews rooms, is ready to welcome guests

Five popular franchises are the first batch of tie-ups at the Tokorozawa Sakura Town hotel.

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How sexy is Japan’s for-bar-hostesses “sexy mask?” Let’s find out【Photos】

The Night Veil arrives at SoraNews24, but how much sexiness did it bring with it?

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Which Pokémon will you evolve into? The official quiz, and how to take it in English

Choosing four keywords tells if you’re on the path to becoming Raichu, Gyarados, or one of more than 30 other Pokémon, and how to level up in life.

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Ridiculous photo of Japanese government’s Digitalization Promotion team inspires zero confidence

This doesn’t look like it’s going to go well.

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