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

Eating a 6,000-yen (US$55) sandwich on the Tokyo sidewalk: The best way to wait for a new iPhone

Mr. Sato gets decadent by sustaining himself with caviar while camping in Ginza to try to be the first person in Japan with an iPhone 11.

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How to use nail art to turn your scientific X-ray into a fantasy wonderland

Accessorized nails make even your X-rays a fashionable photo shoot.

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New Pokémon Sirfetch’d finally gives original-gen species an evolution after 23-year wait【Video】

Chivalrous Fighter-type to debut in Pokémon Sword.

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X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for donating “only” 10 million yen after hometown is hit by typhoon

Legendary J-rocker officially reveals his hometown for the first time.

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Japanese manga publishers file lawsuit in New York against four pirate sites

Claim that websites are “successors” to infamous Manga Mura manga pirating site.

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Uniqlo announces new line of awesome Dragon Ball T-shirts and hoodies【Photos】 

All designs saluting the landmark anime/manga series are thankfully priced far under 9,000 yen.

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Man forgets wallet with 2.8 million yen in cash on Japan’s busiest train line

And no one noticed it until the train went into the depot for cleaning.

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Japanese prefecture that named a Pokémon as its governor to install 16 new Pokémon manholes

Or should these artistic salutes to Slowpoke be called “monholes?”

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Costco opened its first store in China, and things immediately got crazy【Video】

But a shortage of one key item might be putting a damper on shoppers’ passion.

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The beautiful cosplayers, models, and booth displays of Day 2 of Tokyo Game Show

Human zombie test subjects, ice dragons, and a whole bunch of Fate cosplay.

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Piranha Ramen arrives in Tokyo, and we try the intimidating noodle innovation【Taste test】

SoraNews24 goes face-to-face with fanged fish as food.

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Pokémon’s Ash FINALLY wins a Pokémon tournament championship!

22 years of hard work are finally rewarded, prompting fan art celebrations and a special message from Ash’s voice actress.

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Japan’s first dedicated e-sports hotel to open this spring with three full floors of gaming gear

A place for digital competitors to stay in the birthplace of the Japanese fighting game community.

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50-year-old Japanese man arrested for selling naked Love Live! anime pillow covers

Investigators say multi-year operation earned him millions of yen.

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Cosplay tragedy strikes Mr. Sato with the official Fist of the North Star Raoh cosplay set【Pics】

Wearing this won’t make you already dead, but you might be so embarrassed you’ll wish your head would explode.

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Tokyo typhoon video captures amazing blackout-causing lightning strike【Video】

Bolt lights up the sky, blacks out the neighborhood.

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Starbucks Japan goes gold with its new imo kempi sweet potato Frappuccino

One of Japan’s favorite fall foods combines with an old-school snack for a tempting new drink.

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Nintendo’s crazy new Ring-Con and RingFit Adventure are its new exercise/gaming hybrid【Video】

Developers promise new title is “an adventure game first and foremost.”

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Amazing One Piece high school anime video shows Nami as hungry, hard-working teen with big dream

Hungry Days’ second short shines the spotlight on the Straw Hat Pirates’ navigator.

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How to use 1,500 cans of canned coffee to build a cafe in your office【Photos】

A totally logical interior upgrade to SoraNews24 headquarters.

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