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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Japan’s 59-year-old “eternal idol” amazes fans with hasn’t-aged-a-day self-cover【Video】

Basically, Seiko Mazda stopped aging in 1988.

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New Noodles and Broth Only cup ramen – Saddest meal ever, or proof that less is more?【Taste test】

New instant noodles don’t even bother trying to replicate restaurant toppings.

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Japanese woman reported to police for “not looking right in a suit,” turns out she’s a crook

How do scam artists keep getting caught in Japan by “not looking good in a suit?”

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All-time greatest anime song singer releases all albums, 41 singles for online streaming services

On her birthday, Megumi Hayashibara gives fans a reason to celebrate too.

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Entire crew of Going Merry arrested by police in Japan (no, not on April 1)

The sea cucumbers they poached along the way actually are a sort of treasure.

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Japanese schoolkids to be able to carry their books in official Harry Potter randoseru backpacks

Hogwarts crest and wand holder-equipped bags for the start of little wizards’ academic careers.

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These amazing, ultra-pink photos of Tokyo are NOT of cherry blossom trees【Photos】

Pretty in pink on a spring afternoon might have you imagining sakura, but there’s something else going on.

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Kodansha promises worldwide prosecution of illegal uploaders of Attack on Titan

Warning posted in English and Japanese comes just days before manga’s series finale.

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End of an era – Sony announces end of online, PlayStation Store support for PS3 and Vita

If you’re planning any digital purchases or downloads, the time is now.

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Kyoto now has Pokémon manhole covers as Generation 2 comes to the real-life Johto region

City’s famous Gion and Arashiyama neighborhoods welcome Kyoto’s first Pokéfuta.

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A visit to Japan’s cursed tunnel and statue of Oshima Zuido【Haunted Japan】

One cursed spot just isn’t enough for this small coastal town.

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There’s a special, familial reason Utada Hikaru looks so natural and unguarded in her new video

Part of the 21-million-view video for Evangelion theme “One Last Kiss” was filmed by a five-year-old.

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Man climbs down side of building in Tokyo to steal…a bunch of Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards

Thief applied skills he learned in high school club activity.

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Amazing new powder turns ramen broth from a liquid back into a solid, but why?【Video】

Leftover Cup Noodle Broth Hardening Powder is Nissin’s latest innovation.

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Tokyo Babylon anime reboot project cancelled after multiple copied designs discovered

Producers say they have lost faith in Tokyo Babylon 2021’s animation studio.

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If you’re “feeling stuck in life and want to die,” the 20,000/24 plan might help you feel better

Japanese Twitter user’s strategy is a quick reminder that it’s OK to value yourself.

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Your Name studio, famous manga artist create beautiful romantic anime…that’s 7-Eleven ad【Vids】

Rainbow Chaser will make you smile, shed a tear, and maybe crave a steamed pork bun.

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GOOSSHUSSHU! Hitachi has an insane onomatopoeia troubleshooting guide for its washing machine

Thanks, Hitachi…we think…

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Public schools in Japan’s Saga Prefecture will no longer regulate/check students’ underwear color

“Male” and “female” uniform designations, character strap prohibitions also removed.

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Ghost of Tsushima live-action Hollywood movie on the way, Japanese Twitter reacts

The U.S.-made PlayStation samurai epic starts a second life as a feature film.

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