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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Tokyo’s new chocolate ramen smothers us with attentive affection for Valentine’s Day【Taste test】

Chocolate and matcha green tea aren’t even half of the surprises here.

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Studio Ghibli’s Earwig and the Witch gets new footage for theatrical release

Ghibli’s first-ever all-CG anime is coming to theaters.

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Tokyo Olympic chief may resign over misogynistic remarks, promises statement

Over 500 volunteers have quit following Yoshiro Mori’s controversial remarks about how much women talk.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba desserts are some of the most beautiful anime sweets ever【Photos】

When a master of nerikiri turns his attention to the phenomenal anime hit, desert magic happens.

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Japan to begin administering coronavirus vaccine next week

Syringe problem likely to keep process from being as fast as it could be, though.

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These beautiful Japanese cherry blossoms are actually beautiful Japanese marshmallows!

A sweet sign of spring.

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Tokyo government to give smartphones to senior citizens, pay for their calling and data plans

Shibuya, one of Japan’s centers for youth culture, thinks its older residents need a tech upgrade.

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It’s not anime, it’s real! Amazing life-size Gundam statue photos look like anime source material

Gundam awesomeness comes full circle in photo series that shows full-size real-world statue looking like amazing illustrations.

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Is the coronavirus going to kill Japan’s obligation chocolate Valentine’s Day custom?

For years, women in Japan have given chocolate to male coworkers for Valentine’s Day, but this year is probably going to be different.

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Japan’s most cold-blooded frog breaks romantic mood in a hilarious way【Video】

No kisses here.

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A visit to Japan’s forbidden forest of Yawata no Yabushirazu

Just a half-hour outside downtown Tokyo, legends say that if you enter this thicket, you’ll be spirited away and never return.

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Miso soup capsule toys look good enough to eat, come with recipes to make the real thing!【Photos】

Miniature models give us a big appetite for Japan’s favorite comfort food.

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Sailor Moon’s mentor cat Luna transforms into bread, looks adorable and delicious

Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon cheesecake also appear to celebrate anime’s new movie.

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Former schoolgirl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule

No love in school leads to fight in court.

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Japanese politician piggybacks on Demon Slayer’s popularity by exploiting copyright loophole

Kimetsu no Yaiba fans aren’t pleased with election poster, but there’s not much publisher can do about it.

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Man arrested in Japan for selling modified Pokémon to Sword and Shield players

He might have gotten away with it if someone in Kyoto hadn’t wanted an extra-strong Sobble and Scorbunny.

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Captain Tsubasa anime character cleared of gender-based violence charges by Chilean court

Judge rules slapping girl in the face did not constitute promoting violence towards women.

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Evangelion’s Rei Ayanami stars in commercial for Japanese lip rouge

“This is a red just for me” say the scarlet-eyed anime icon.

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Godiva curry bread from a convenience store? Only in Japan…but should it exist at all?

A company known for neither curry nor bread combines both at a budget price.

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End of an era – Japanese anime artists’ favorite colored pencils are being discontinued

Mitsubishi pencils have been “an essential necessity in animation production.”

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