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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Man cooks rice, stir-fried noodles in convenience store parking lot before starting police chase

Usually, going to the convenience store or cooking for yourself is an either/or question, but not this time.

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100 One Piece taxis hitting the streets of Tokyo to salute the hit manga’s latest milestone

Luffy is going to be the king of the cabs.

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Strangers on a train – Random middle-aged guy gives Japanese high schooler great life advice

Tough-looking stranger has something to say about schoolboy’s studies.

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Crackdown on illegal maid cafes looks to be making maids a rarer sight on streets of Akihabara

Tokyo police bust five maid cafes for violation of Adult Entertainment Business Regulation Law, and they’re looking for more.

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Coca-Cola’s green tea cubes are an awesome new way to make Japan’s favorite drink【Photos】

More convenient than a tea bag, and with less trash to throw away too.

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Japanese squat toilet plastic model kit: Weird, gross, or both?【Photos】

That ain’t just nostalgia our toilet is stained with.

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Japanese woman asks for advice on how to deal with smell of son’s corpse, gets arrested

Police find body at home with numerous cuts to the neck.

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Crazy pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend being delisted for PlayStation, iOS, and Android

One of the weirdest, most compelling otome games to ever come out of Japan is flying the coop.

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“Do not travel to Japan” U.S. government tells citizens

Don’t go to Japan, and if you’re already traveling there, come home ASAP, says State Department.

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Super ramen! What happens when you combine 19 different types of supermarket ramen?【SoraKitchen】

Today in the SoraKitchen, we’re taking our love of ramen to its illogical conclusion.

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This hotel in the mountains of Japan has an awesome hi-tech ski/snowboard simulator【Videos】

Family-run Nagano inn that’s been in business for more than 50 years has a very modern, very cool amenity.

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Shinkansen driver disciplined for taking poop break while train was going 150 kilometers an hour

Usually, when you gotta go, you gotta go, but maybe you can’t when you’re supposed to be driving the bullet train.

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Gigantic Attack on Titan anime titan appears at shopping mall in Japan【Photos】

Eren, Levi, and the Colossal Titan terrify, delight unexpecting passersby.

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Berserk creator’s death inspires massive memorial gatherings in Final Fantasy XIV【Videos】

Dark Knights come together to pay respects to Kentaro Miura, who was a light in their lives.

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Retro game dream — A massive collection of 99.36 percent of every Game Boy game ever released

Collector approaches achievement of 100-percent completion.

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How to make a delicious tempura nothing bowl without any actual cooking【SoraKitchen】

When normal tendon isn’t an option, our recipe for virtual tendon is the next best thing.

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Creator of Berserk manga/anime franchise passes away at 54

Colleagues remember Kentaro Miura, whose personality was nothing like the dark, hopeless world of his biggest hit.

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Anime’s best classic love triangle inspires two new character perfumes for its leading ladies

Madoka or Hikaru has been a dilemma for anime fans for almost 40 years, and now it’s decision time all over again.

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What’s better than a Pokémon PC cushion set? A two-Pokémon one!【Photos】

Both sides of this Pokémon’s split personality are here to help you with/distract you from whatever you’re doing at your PC.

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Suitcase with corpse inside washes up on shore of Japan’s largest lake

Local resident saw suitcase floating in the water days before it reached the shore.

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