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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Nier Automata’s creator is confused by Square Enix’s new fan art guidelines

Maybe for another series it wouldn’t be a headscratcher, but Yoko Taro is surprised about one request.

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Head of Tokyo Olympics doesn’t want women in leadership roles because he thinks they talk too much

”Women, they have a very competitive nature.”

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Japanese monks want to create new temple…in space!

A Kyoto expansion 1,100 years in the making.

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Nissin’s longest instant noodles ever are here to make you slurp like you’ve never slurped before

”Longer than usual” is a ridiculous understatement.

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Hotel in Japan is offering rooms for just 390 yen a night, less than the cost of a bowl of ramen

Downtown Osaka hotel wants to say “thank you!”

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Sonic the Hedgehog getting a new CG Netflix series produced in the U.S. and Canada

Sega video game star to embark on a multiverse “journey of self-discovery and redemption.”

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You can power-up your stomach with Super Mario breads at Japanese convenience stores

7-Eleven is ready to serve Nintendo fans Bowser-breath fried chicken and non-peach Princess Peach desserts.

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Japanese vending machine sells PCR tests at 350-year-old temple in Tokyo【Photos】

We pick up a testing kit at the last place we ever expected to find one.

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Osaka accidentally mails out funeral service ads to people infected with coronavirus

Some self-quarantining residents feel like their death is being treated like a forgone conclusion.

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Male deer breaks into Japanese high school’s women’s bathroom【Video】

Breaks multiple school rules.

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189-year old Kyoto tea merchant creates matcha pizzas

But the non-tea toppings are the even bigger surprise.

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How much do Japanese men and women pay on dates? Survey finds large gap

Big spenders bump up one gender’s average.

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Japanese subway ad about depressed teens should probably be in a different place

Cram school’s message would be ordinarily be inspiring, but takes on an inadvertently dark, potentially dangerous atmosphere.

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Here it is: the first look at the new Ultraman movie from Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno【Video】

First came Shin Godzilla, and now comes Shin Ultraman!

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Online manga piracy surging by users in Japan as people are stuck at home during the pandemic

Industry group gives staggering figure for cost of pirated manga in just one month.

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Japan has a new bar just for people who want to drink alone

If a cold beer is all the company you need, this is the place for you.

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All aboard Japan’s new Super Mario Nintendo World train!【Photos】

A very special train to carry fans to Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World.

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Death Note manga’s first new collected volume in 14 years announced

Grab an apple and get set to spend some quality time with Ryuk again.

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Woman in Japan disciplined after putting up partition between herself and older male coworker

City hall worker denies man’s physical handicap was part of her motivation.

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KitKat releases new Japanese plum flavor to celebrate Japan’s most beautiful winter flowers

Ume sweets prove there’s more to seasonal desserts than just sakura.

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