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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Twitter users say Japanese Prime Minister’s name is hiding in the kanji for Japan’s new era name

The new era name doesn’t have any of the kanji characters for “Shinzo Abe,” but some people saw the politician’s name all the same.

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Japan announces new era name, Reiwa, but what does it mean and why was it chosen?

Prime Minister explains rationale behind decision and compares people of Japan to flowers, but not cherry blossoms.

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Here’re the first actual scenes from Your Name director’s new anime, Weathering with You

Director Makoto Shinkai shares a sneak peak at his upcoming anime movie, and it looks as beautiful as you’d expect.

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Japanese gamers with “Multiplay Phobia” avoid online play so they won’t cause trouble for others

Even before anyone gets mad at them, they don’t want to spoil other people’s fun.

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Japanese mom finds dead dad’s Amazon cart has one last message of love for his grandchildren

Present he never got to give breaks and warms daughter’s heart.

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Anime-style isekai story is actually an English-learning textbook from Japan’s public broadcaster

Ordinary schoolgirl sets out to save fantasy world from an evil dragon while readers set out on the path to learn English.

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Man in Tokyo slices own stomach with knife near one of the city’s busiest train stations

Police officers arrive to find man collapsed and bleeding.

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Condiment is part of company’s salute to people who just moved out of their parent’s houses and can now do whatever they want to their bodies.

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Avengers assemble for awesome Japanese Coca-Cola Endgame can series【Photos】

12 of Marvel’s strongest stars are ready to fight their greatest foe: your thirst.

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Modern samurai fashion advances into spring with new releases from Shibuya’s Wa Robe

Updated hanten coats and hakama pants for men and women are ready for your next fashion campaign.

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How to write “sakura” in Japanese (and why it’s written that way)

There’s a beautiful reason why the kanji for cherry blossoms looks the way it does, and remembering it makes the character a snap to write.

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Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Project asks you to choose between Japan’s greatest pop culture icons

It’s time to pick a side in this battle of super technology and super cuteness.

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Kyoto schoolgirl arrested after failing drug test for marijuana use

Says she began smoking to help her sleep after feeling stressed from family life.

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Zelda fan’s Sheikah Slate turns charging his phone into a scene from Breath of the Wild【Video】

The phone’s case is one-of-a-kind, but the charger can be yours, Hero of Hyrule with a low battery.

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Miss Hooters Japan finalists announced day after chain files for bankruptcy protection in Japan

Busty waitress restaurants’ fortunes continue to bounce up and down.

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Cardcaptor Sakura gets a special limited-time Twitter emoji to celebrate cherry blossom season

The beloved anime magical girl is helping flowers bloom on social media.

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3-D, free-to-touch anime boob standees take anime marketing into a new dimension【Photos】

”Feel free to touch the teachers…gently” invites anime production at convention in Tokyo.

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Downtown Tokyo’s most popular sakura-viewing garden increases admission prices by 150 percent

Right before the cherry blossoms start to bloom, prices went up, but it’s still a must-visit bargain.

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Brand-new Pokémon maternity wear and baby clothing line announced for Japan

Monpoke will also have toys and picture books for extra-tiny would-be Pokémon Masters.

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Immigration raid at anime convention ends with five Japanese cosplayers being arrested overseas

Work visa violations result in participants from four countries being arrested, Japanese cosplayers still being held in custody.

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