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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Animal Crossing crosses over with Godiva Japan for extra-sweet sets of Valentine’s chocolates

Tom Nook, Isabelle, and more characters from the hit Nintendo series are here for a real-world seasonal event.

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Ramen-flavored popcorn? This might be the only snack food we’ll ever need from now on

Two types of ramen popcorn are on their way to stores/stomachs in Japan.

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A Gintama fan’s emotional 19-year journey to buy a proper Lake Toya bokuto wooden katana【Pics】

What started out feeling like a dumb gag manga became a source of strength as our otaku reporter searched for a purpose in life.

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The Spy x Family lucky bag is a double-layer of mystery for fans of the hit anime series【Photos】

The Spy x Family lucky bag takes its time revealing its secrets, but that’s part of what makes it so fun.

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There’s an Initial D-themed Fujiwara Tofu Cafe, but not in Japan【Taste test】

We check out the cafe the star of the street racing anime/manga franchise would have to get on a plane or boat in order to visit.

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Japanese teacher who asked permission to jerk off at convenience store has been fired

There are some things you just can’t bounce back from at work.

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This is the first cafe in Japan to serve Mont Blanc, and it’s closing down after 90 years【Taste test】

Tokyo cafe introduced the dessert to Japan almost 90 years ago, and the rest is sweets history.

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Creepy shrine video has Japanese Internet wondering where it is, if it leads to alternate world

It even feels like it has its own “Don’t come in here” warning alarm.

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“Adult anime” geta new meaning with McDonald’s Japan ad from Fist of the North Star creator【Video】

”Enjoy being an adult!”

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Zelda isn’t the Nintendo anime adaptation Japanese fans want to see most, survey says

Respondents pick two casts of Nintendo characters they want to see get the anime treatment above Link and Zelda.

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Tokyo train operator begins issuing body cameras, but it’s not employee conduct that worries them

JR East implements new policy in time for New Year’s.

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Starbucks Japanese New Year’s Frappuccino: Too delicious to wait for January to drink【Taste test】

The ingredients of this Frappuccino, including kelp, don’t just taste great, traditional Japanese culture says they’ll give you blessings for the year to come.

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How hard is it to get a hug if you’re feeling cold at the SoraNews24 office?【Experiment】

P.K. is feeling cold, but is anyone willing to warm him up?

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Super sweet office romance manga produced by Japan Agriculture about the power of sugar

Business woman Toko and her subordinate Sato-kun are getting sweet with each other.

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Life-size Sword Art Online anime girl figure wears real, custom-made wedding dress

Asuna gets a one-of-a-kind gown to show off to fans.

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Yaizu: Japan’s best sushi market destination even most foodies in Japan have never heard of

”Welcome to the kingdom of fish.”

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Totoro himself is the capsule for these adorable new Totoro capsule toys【Video】

Instead of a plastic ball you’ll throw away, these Totoro capsules are something you’ll treasure as much as what’s inside them.

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Japan’s Whole Pie Maker kitchen gadget is set to be our new hero this holiday baking season【Pics】

Thanko gives us yet another thing for our stomachs to be thankful for.

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Hospitalized Japanese mom needs Pokémon fans’ help to make Christmas special for Eevee-loving kid

Let’s help Eevee save Christmas.

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Ghibli Park now has English international ticket reservation site

Getting into Ghibli Park just got easier for overseas fans.

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