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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7-Eleven Japan now has plant-based vegetarian steamed “meat buns”

Soy Man comes to the rescue of those seeking non-meat options.

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Anime’s 10 most ridiculous hairstyles【Survey】

You might think Yugi would walk away with this one, but fans in Japan felt differently.

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Green tea strawberry dessert sandwiches: Today’s reason Japanese convenience stores are awesome

A new and welcome addition to the world of matcha sweets.

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Take a look at these photos of Hayao Miyazaki’s amazing hands【Photos】

He probably won’t be getting job offers to become a hand model, but to Ghibli fans, they’re as beautiful as they can be.

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Serial toilet thief captured by police in Japan

Investigators can finally close the book on “The God of Toilets Case.”

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Pokémon Valentine’s Day chocolates from Japan are just the thing for lovers who love Pokémon

Pikachu and Eevee have never looked sweeter.

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Testing out the Evangelion Test Type Drink Holder and huge Spear of Longinus plushie【Photos】

Or “that time our otaku reporter almost caused Third Impact.”

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Eight things people realized were pointless about Japanese work culture during 2020

The coronavirus has disrupted everyone’s lifestyle, but it’s disrupted some of the bad parts too.

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Flying in Japan? Your flight may soon be arriving at “Hatsune Miku Airport”

Virtual idol queen might get an entire airport named after her in one of Japan’s largest cities.

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It’s a trap (Japanese capsule toy)!

We wanna wana!

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Chinese zodiac Evangelion characters are here to wish you a happy, chibi Year of the Ox【Pics】

A new line of adorable cow-splay merch.

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If you’re reading pirated manga, one artist would prefer you just not read their work at all

“We’re not drawing manga as volunteers.”

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Kyoto Animation arsonist says which scene he feels copied his work and incited attack

Incredibly brief Tsurune meat-shopping scene aired exactly eight months before arson attack.

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Pokémon “you’ll absolutely want to get licked by” plushie is here to make nap time freaky

Hey, Gengar, stick out your tongue, because we’re feeling sleepy.

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You can turn half your arm into Eva Unit-01 with the crazy Evangelion drink holder

Just in time for the release of the final Evangelion movie, there’s a new way to bond with the most famous Eva of all.

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“Peaceful life with many dogs” is unacceptable dream, Japanese high school teacher tells student

Does your dream have to be a job?

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Legendary basketball anime Slam Dunk is getting a brand-new movie

First-ever theatrical release for one of the most popular and influential sports anime of all time.

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Welcome to Inami Station, where these adorable frogs keep you company as you wait for your train

Once again, the reason for cute and quirky stuff in Japan is a pun.

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Real-life Team Rocket? Pokémon popsicle fraud gets man arrested in Japan

Saitama Prefectural Police foil underhanded method to catch ‘em all.

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What’s it like to eat Burger King Japan’s protection from evil Whopper?【Taste test】

Deliver us from evil, oh mighty Spicy Yakuyoke Whopper!

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