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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Japanese cat owner has to sell sports car to pay for medical bills, finds best buyer in the world

A touching tale of a cat, a car, and compassion.

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Chicken wing-flavor ramen is our newest guilty pleasure we feel no real remorse over【Taste test】

The flavor of a Nagoya favorite finds its way into a cup of ramen and into our hearts.

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Giant Pokémon huggy pillow is a dakimakura version of a sweet that’s too cute to eat【Photos】

Mega-size Tokyo Banana Eevee is here to nourish us with warm fuzzy feelings.

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Japanese woman wants office romance but has no job, figures out how to make her dream come true

A clever solution to a seemingly impossible problem.

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Nepalese-run Tokyo hair salon gave us the number-one hairstyle for handsome Nepalese men【Pics】

Stylist in one of Tokyo’s most diverse neighborhoods transforms our reporter.

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Hayao Miyazaki considers Demon Slayer his rival, Studio Ghibli producer says

Toshio Suzuki says the legendary director isn’t surprised by Demon Slayer’s success.

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Pokémon Center superstores won’t sell new Pokémon cards in-store, but will it stop scalpers?

Countermeasures may or may not keep Eevee Heroes out of the hands of villainous resellers.

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Japanese masturbatory aid Tenga creates tissue-dispensing hat for…various purposes【Photos】

White stuff comes right out of the slit!

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Japanese fans make landslide pick for next anime they want a Hollywood live-action adaptation of

It’s not even close as one answer tops the survey by more than a seven-to-one margin with the number-two pick.

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Japanese gaming grandpa is tearing up virtual track at age 93【Videos】

After stepping away from a life spent in cars, he’s reunited with the real-world ride he owned and loved in his youth.

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A sound you hear all the time in Monster Hunter was made with a Japanese schoolkid’s backpack

The sounds Kamura Hunters hear also include a common vegetable you might have in your fridge right now.

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It’s like the samurai era never ended at this beautiful Japanese mountain town

Nagano village was once a major stop on the Kyoto-Edo route, and the neighborhood looks much the same centuries later.

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Pikachu and Katy Perry co-star in adorable, uplifting  ”Electric” music video【Video】

Pop star and Pokémon are here to charge up our emotional batteries.

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Evangelion studio receiving threatening fan comments, will report offenders even outside Japan

Hate the anime if you want, but Hideaki Anno’s Studio Khara will not tolerate personal attacks, no matter where in the world they come from.

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Japanese government to ease prohibition of cannabis-derived medicines

Relaxed regulation may be coupled with new criminalization, though.

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Godzilla Energy drink is here, looks like a beam of Shin Godzilla’s atomic breath【Taste test】

Because really, when was the last time you heard Godzilla complain about being tired?

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That’s not an anime horse girl figure, it’s an anime horse girl cookie!【Video】

This Uma Musume is too cute to eat, which is entirely fitting with her real-world inspiration.

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Brain-breaking photos from a super otaku’s birthday shrine to her favorite anime character

You’ll need to take a step back to take it all in, and a close look to understand what you’re seeing.

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Uno Mario Kart is ready to take the action from the track to the cards with cool crossover rule

The most entertaining/aggravating thing about Mario Kart is coming to the classic card game.

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Studio Ghibli helped create final Evangelion movie, since no one else had the right machine【Vid】

When you want to make anime the old-fashioned way, there’s no better place to go for help than Hayao Miyazaki’s studio.

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