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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Pikachu shocks “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” for new song “Pika to Pico”【Video】

”Beef”, sings Pikachu in translated duet.

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Move over, dartboards – Japan now has shuriken machines for ninja fun!

Ninja Trainer Arcade earns Japan Ninja Council’s blessing.

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Japan’s cat futon notepads are the perfect reason to put your thoughts down on paper【Photos】

Unforgettable cuteness to go with your reminders.

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Japanese man arrested for groping woman in station says he’ll only talk to female police officers

Also has a special request regarding his lawyer.

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Japanese teacher apologizes for peeing on students’ futon during club retreat

Went to take a bath after doing his business.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces resignation

Longest serving prime minster in Japan’s history has been in office since 2012.

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A bold new frontier in multi-tasking.

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One Piece anime/manga creator says when he wants the series to end, promises it’ll be “amazing”

Eiichiro Oda also gives his thoughts on the quality of One Piece’s first-ever chapter.

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Lightning storm photos of the Skytree show the Tokyo symbol in a whole new light【Photos】

The awesome power of nature makes for an awesome sight.

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Kabuki adaptation of Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind now available to stream online

Stage play goes beyond the Studio Ghibli founder’s anime movie to tell the complete story.

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Why stay at a hotel in Japan when you can rent this entire mountain instead?【Photos】

Yes, you get a cabin too, but the real appeal is having an entire mountain to yourself.

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Japan’s “excessively Pikachu” marriage registration form is appropriate amount for Pokémon lovers

An entire pack of Pikachus wants to wish you and your sweetheart all the best as you start married life.

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How to make an awesome Japanese summer dessert using only things you can buy at Daiso【SoraKitchen】

Summer sweets for cheap.

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Dozens of new photos of Japan’s miraculously romantic Sailor Moon wedding dress line【Photos】

Dresses inspired by all three of Sailor Moon’s identities, plus multiple Tuxedo Mask tuxedos, are available now.

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Immigration Bureau relaxes work restrictions for foreigners trapped in Japan during pandemic

Revised visa regulations aim to help interns unable to return home and who need a job in Japan.

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670 pigs have been stolen in Japan this summer, and thieves are stealing cows too

“It feels like our children were taken” says victim of rustlers’ crime spree.

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This is NOT a capsule toy here – Testing out Japan’s fully functioning mini iron【Photos】

Because what really matters isn’t how big your iron is, but what you do with it.

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The terrifying monster logo for the Osaka world’s fair is born, immediately gets fan art

Believe it or not, the design is inspired by cherry blossoms.

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Man attempts to set himself on fire in middle of Tokyo’s busiest intersection【Video】

Startling scene unfolds at Shibuya Scramble.

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Pen-Pikachu-Apple-Pen? Pokémon star teams up with PPAP singer for new song

Pikotaro and Pikachu want to give the world something to smile about.

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