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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Sailor Moon creator illustrates new marriage registration form in Japan, can be ordered now

For when you’re ready to make your miracle romance permanent.

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Full-size Evangelion statue appears at Japanese theme park with entry plug synchronization tests

Nerv’s Kyoto branch says its looking for pilots.

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Super Nintendo World’s opening at Universal Studios Japan delayed indefinitely

How much longer are we going to have to wait for the world’s first Nintendo theme park zone?

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How to make your own sold-out Uniqlo Airism mask in less than two minutes

The latest “brilliant” idea from SoraNews24’s founder.

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Is this Tokyo, or Final Fantasy? Rainy season night makes for incredible Skytree view【Photos】

Nighttime photography specialist is in the perfect spot at exactly the right time.

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New Japanese social media platform promises positive responses only for users’ posts【Video】

But won’t there always be terrible people online? Not on this social media network.

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You can make and eat anime’s most famous butt with the Shin-chan purin kit【Photos】

Sure, we’ve all seen Crayon Shin-chan’s jiggling butt, but now it’s time to consume it.

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Flying scarecrow in Japanese countryside scares people across Japanese Internet【Video】

Dad’s do-it-yourself project is cleverly terrifying.

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Good God, what is this terrifying monstrosity found at a game shop in Japan?

Like anime classic Akira’s most disturbing scene, but in real life.

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Pac-Man sake series coming to salute the video game star’s 40th birthday

Raise a glass to the gaming hero who can’t stop eating.

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You COULD eat a terrifying octopus egg in Japan, but SHOULD you? Let’s find out!【Taste test】

A chance encounter at a Tokyo fish market fills us with intrigue/dread, and things don’t get any less scary when we tear it open.

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Otaku aesthetics, improved acoustics.

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Barricades placed on Mt. Fuji as mountain officially closes because of coronavirus【Video】

Surveillance camera, alarm installed to discourage the uninformed and unconcerned.

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Pikachu devolves into terrifying monstrosity in Taiwan

It was supposed to be a sweet moment. Instead, it became an unforgettable horror.

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Tasting Starbucks’ Sesame Almond Tofu Frappuccino, the drink you can’t get in Japan or the U.S.

You can’t get this new treat in Starbucks’ home country or the land of Frappuccino plenty, but we just tried it for ourselves.

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League of Pokémon? Fans aren’t too happy about new Pokémon MOBA game from China’s Tencent【Video】

Pokémon Unite is sure to be divisive with its free-to-play, in-app purchase model and Switch/smartphone cross-play.

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Kyoto cafe with unfortunate name, gorgeous sandwiches keeps getting mistaken for e-commerce giant

If only the owner’s dad had been able to see into the future…

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Japanese tactical face mask lets you weather the coronavirus storm while looking awesome【Photos】

Japan Self-Defense Forces supplier’s mask is also surprisingly comfortable.

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Pizza Hut creates Putting our Soul into Every Bite Ramen Pizza with famous Japanese ramen chain

Bizarrely tempting pie isn’t for Japan, though.

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Ramen restaurant in Japan offers lifetime free ramen plan for a hefty price

”You can reduce your food costs to zero for the rest of your life” says popular iekei-style ramen restaurant.

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