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

“They will bounce” promises Final Fantasy director as Tifa joins fighting game cast

Final Fantasy’s bustiest character makes her Dissidia NT debut.

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Kyoto anime store shuts down suspected Chinese reseller’s attempted Evangelion bulk-order

High-grade Eva figure could equal high profits for resellers.

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Chilled coffee noodles for dessert are Japan’s newest summertime sweets innovation

Japan has already figured out cold noodles and cold coffee taste great in the midsummer heat, so why not combine the two?

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You can make rice with tapioca bubble tea, and it’s surprisingly tasty【SoraKitchen】

Tapioca tea is everywhere in Japan these days – even in the SoraNews24 office rice cooker!

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People willing to move away from Tokyo to be paid one million yen by Aichi government

Tired of the crowds of Japan’s biggest city and looking to relocate? Aichi wants you to make the prefecture your new home.

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A visit to Japan’s cat beautiful, quirky, and touching cat temple, Unrinji【Photos】

Often-overlooked temple in one of Japan’s most best sightseeing towns was inspired by the story of a deeply devoted samurai cat.

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New Pokémon Monorail set to welcome visitors to Tokyo starting this summer

Pikachu and his pals want to give you a very special hello as soon as you step outside Tokyo’s international airport.

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Saucy invite from lonely woman/online scammer has Mr. Sato filled with desire to do one thing

When a stranger sends him a friend request, our reporter sees the opportunity to relieve his explosive, pent-up emotion.

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New Your Name anime project is tie-up with Japanese late-night panting girls TV program

One of Japan’s oddest TV shows celebrates its 15th anniversary with a trip to Itomori, setting of Makoto Shinkai’s anime film phenomenon.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake director discusses Tifa’s visibly smaller breats

Ethics department and intense action scenes among reasons for change.

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This Japanese artist’s beautiful custom pendant for cash-strapped boy is absolutely priceless

Semi-precious stone accessory maker helps previous boy give a gift to someone very special.

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That’s not a cat or a plushie. It’s an adorable kitty kinchaku kimono-style bag from Japan!【Pics】

Feline fashion accessories fool the eyes, charm the heart.

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Seven reasons why an otaku should date another otaku (and one reason maybe not to)

Anime fan’s list has one big demerit, but maybe there’s a way to turn it around.

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Suspected Japanese panty thief acquitted when accuser can’t prove stolen panties are hers

Panties’ “lack of special characteristics” cited as one aspect of insufficient evidence.

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This gorgeous sake cup fills your drink with holographic cherry blossoms as you sip【Video】

Soothing sounds and other seasonal symbols of Japan are also part of the techno-cultural innovation.

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Tokyo’s Shibuya neighborhood bans public Halloween drinking following mayhem

Truck-tipping vandalism a major part of tipping-point decision in ordinarily pro-alcohol Japan.

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Big boobs or curvy hips, which does Japan like more? Survey investigates

Wealthy men show a clear preference between the two/four options.

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“Otaku are the biggest suckers” says Pokémon artist

Marvel-loving artist has harsh words for otaku, thinks other people should be saying them too.

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Japan unveils beautiful new yen coins for Tokyo Olympics, needs your help picking the best design

They’re all great, but which one is the best?

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The world’s most famous sushi restaurant sells seaweed too, so we made nori rice balls with it

Mr. Sato whips up a batch of onigiri with a little help from Sukibayashi Jiro.

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