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.

All Stories by Casey Baseel

We dare Tokyo’s pigeons to crap on us because we think it’ll make us rich【Experiment】

Will our crap investments make us filthy rich, or just filthy? Read on to find out!

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Japanese castle’s new Ninja Museum sends you on an interactive shinobi mission through history

The castle closest to Tokyo expands its English explanations and adds a Fuma ninja clan infiltration experience.

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SoraNews24’s Otaku Aniki is here to give you the three must-watch anime of the spring season【Vid】

Music, monsters, and mammaries are all part of his video list.

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VR Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey modes coming, for free, from Nintendo

The Switch’s Nintendo Labo VR Kit is going to give us new ways to play two of the company’s best-loved games ever.

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Live-action Cowboy Bebop cast revealed by Netflix, but there’s someone missing from the crew

Leaving out the littlest bounty hunter is a big omission, and could signify a difference in tone between the anime and live-action version.

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Cardcaptor Sakura engagement rings are here to help you capture your bride-to-be’s heart

Japanese jeweler unveils three magical designs inspired by the anime magical girl.

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Starbucks Japan’s new strawberry Frappuccinos are so social media-savvy their names are hashtags

Starbucks cuts to the chase with its new Frappuccino twins.

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Note Mama is ready to give liquid nourishment in exchange for a huge wad of cash.

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Japanese government attempts to beautify the English interpretation of Reiwa, gives us an eyeful of something else entirely.

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Gold-leaf seasoned potato chips are Japan’s newest edible salute to the new emperor

Gourmet snacks are surprisingly affordable, only available at convenience stores.

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20-something Japanese woman takes junior high boy to hotel for lewd activity, gets off with fine

Internet chats lead to illegal rendezvous.

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Every single Nintendo Super Famicom game offered for sale in one bundle by Japanese collector

Over 1,000 titles, including ultra-rare unreleased games and prize versions, could be yours with just one click (and a lot of cash).

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Shockingly dirty restroom in Tokyo train station has no poo, plenty of mysterious garbage

Neatly sorted litter is all from one specific thing.

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Disney is making an anime-style dating simulator where you meet handsome villain boys

Video game features character designs from a famous manga creator, starts with hot guys “twisted from Alice in Wonderland.”

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Tokyo hotel’s 100,000-yen (US$900) hamburger is topped with a wagyu steak to honor new emperor

Roppongi hotel uses two kinds of beef, gold powder in ludicrously luxurious, massively mouthwatering burger.

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Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix receives death threat from gamer angry at loot boxes/gacha

”Wash your necks and wait!” commands gamer who didn’t get the item he wanted.

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Japan’s new era name sounds exactly like Final Fantasy’s “Prelude” when plotted as musical notes

Listen to this video, and you’ll swear one of the greatest pieces of video game music was secretly a prophecy that took 32 years to come true.

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Four new era names the Japanese government rejected before deciding on Reiwa

The era of orderly peace could have been the era of vast glory instead.

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Ruby chocolate KitKats come to Japanese convenience stores with new Everyday Nuts and Cranberry

Getting your hands on the coveted “fourth chocolate” just got a whole lot easier, and cheaper too.

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SoraNews24’s Find Seiji a Girlfriend Project levels-up into the Found-Seiji-a-Wife Project

Our reporter’s bachelor days come to a close as he picks a meaningful day to tie the knot.

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