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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Doraemon found buried at sea as scene from 1993 anime becomes real life【Photos】

Who knew a 29-year-old anime movie was actually a vision of the future?

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Yoshi transformation hoodie gives you the stylish look of Super Mario’s dino pal【Photos】

Japanese fashion brand teams up with Nintendo for Colorful Yoshi Collection roomwear line.

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Godzilla turns your signature into King of the Signatures with kaiju personal seals in Japan【Pics】

Multiple generations of Godzilla and his friends and foes can be part of your signature.

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Final Fantasy T-shirt line on the way from Uniqlo, may be a hint that sequel is coming soon【Pics】

16-shirt lineup is part of Final Fantasy’s 35th anniversary celebration.

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Milla Jovovich’s daughter charms Japan with video of her speaking excellent Japanese【Video】

Ever Anderson made video to show her love and respect for Japanese culture.

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Gakuran photo shoot – Our staff tries to transform into the macho cast of anime Otoko Juku【Pics】

Mr. Sato sparks some changes to our office attire.

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Here’s what happens when you mix all 53 kinds of Muji curry into one crazy super curry【Taste test】

When choosing what type of Muji instant curry to eat today, the answer we came up with in the SoraKitchen is “All of them.”

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Japan’s thrill ride theme park finds new way to terrify: A slide over twice as tall as a Gundam

Fuji-Q Highland decides its Mt. Fuji observation platform isn’t quite scary enough.

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First preview for Demon Slayer’s new Swordsmith Village Arc is here!【Video】

And Tanjiro looks angry.

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“Is Attack on Titan any good?” customer asks Japanese fried chicken chef – and for a good reason

Small talk takes a sudden turn.

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Tokyo “museum hotel” invites you to step back to the Taisho era with retro kimono afternoon tea

Gajoen offers over 2,500 kimono/accessory combinations for day-long experience, professional photography service available too.

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Girlfriend shows Gundam fan an extremely clever new way to photograph the life-size mech in Tokyo

Almost everyone takes their photos from right underneath the anime robot, but a little distance gives you a whole new perspective.

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Blind fighters only at Street Fighter V e-sports tournament to be held in Tokyo, streamed online

Field made up almost entirely of gamers blind since birth will compete for the Shingan Cup title.

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Tokyo police arrest video game YouTuber for marijuana possession

Accused claims he “bought it from a black person” in Tokyo bar district.

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Japanese sightseeing train offers amazing luxury…for prices starting at 1.3 million yen per room

Multi-day journeys are both an elegant and an expensive way to see the wonders of Kyushu.

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Trailer released for live-action sequel to Studio Ghibli anime Whisper of the Heart【Video】

Childhood sweethearts find their promise might not be so easy to keep once they become adults.

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Pooping has never been more dramatic than it is with this Japanese toilet “sound shogun”【Video】

Turn the call of nature into a call to adventure!

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Nintendo buys five-billion yen plot of land, will build new development headquarters in Kyoto

Company wants to power-up its in-house R&D.

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Tokyo police post tweet to put people’s minds at ease, but creep them out with weird illustration

Drawing shows what happens during junkai renraku, but something important is missing.

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This Tokyo cafe won’t let you inside unless you’re a writer or translator with a deadline looming

And they won’t let you go home until you meet your writing goal for the day.

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