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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The giant bowling pins on the top of Japanese buildings often have a hidden second purpose

Your eye isn’t the only thing they’re supposed to catch.

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No more neckties! Japanese prefecture abolishes necktie dress code for government employees

Decision is a plus for workers and the environment.

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Good God what is this hideous anime plushie?!?【Photos】

And believe it or not the function it’s got a function besides “haunt your nightmares.”

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A creepy, unplanned visit to a Japanese ghost town…with ice cream!【Photos】

A trip to Kiyosato on “the train line closest to the heavens.”

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Muji is selling sake, and it’ll make drinkers feel good in more ways than one

Delicious sake that gives a small town a helping hand is definitely something worth raising a cup to/of.

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1:1-scale Ultraman artwork appears on headquarters of Japan’s biggest toymaker【Photos】

Other anime and tokusatsu heroes can be seen on the sidewalk below.

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Japan’s Slime ice cream will Heal you since it’s a Dragon Quest tie-up with Baskin-Robbins Japan

Slimes draw near! Command? Eat them, of course!

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Sonic the Hedgehog creator files lawsuit against Square Enix over disappointing Balan Wonderworld

“I want to truly apologize to the people who bought Balan Wonderwold.”

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The end of Sailor Moon is coming with new Sailor Moon Cosmos theatrical anime【Video】

Paired anime films from new director seek to put finishing flourish on the Sailor saga.

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Mix-and-matching Yoshinoya, Matsuya, and Sukiya to create the ultimate beef bowl【Taste test】

We tear the Big Three’s gyudon apart to see if we can rebuild them into something better.

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Studio Ghibli theme park announces ticket prices and reservation policy

Getting into Ghibli Park will cost more on weekends and holidays, but still far less than Disneyland.

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Pettable Pokémon, transforming Mario ghost latte art made by amazing Japanese artist【Videos】

What, like anyone would be able to resist giving this guy a few belly pats?

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Ghibli cosplayer doesn’t just make Princess Mononoke costumes, but animal companions too【Photos】

Amazingly talented artist also shows off Elden Ring cosplay.

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Pokémon video game developer will allow employees to choose four-day work week

Gotta catch ‘em all, but don’t gotta work five days a week.

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Japan reality edges closer to anime with Japan Railway’s VR-style humanoid robot

Step 1 towards the world of Patlabor is complete.

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Live-action My Neighbor Totoro stage play starts this fall, composer Joe Hisaishi producing【Vid】

Veteran Studio Ghibli composer explains why the play isn’t being produced in Japan.

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“More Japanese than Japan” – Kodawari Ramen Tsukiji in Paris lives up to every part of its name

The wisdom of “Long line equals great ramen” turns out to be as true in Paris as it is in Tokyo.

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Which Japanese conveyor belt sushi chain has the best squid sushi?【Taste test】

We’re going beyond fish today with a four-way maika faceoff.

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Origami folded by gyaru – The first capsule toy it’s impossible to get a complete set of【Photos】

Flock of cranes folded by flashy women comes with a side of philosophy.

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Super Mario movie delayed, Nintendo posts strange apology

”This is Miyamoto.”

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