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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Pokémon Center megastores across Japan shutting down indefinitely because of coronavirus

Humanity’s elemental weakness to the coronavirus leads to near-immediate temporary closures of almost every Pokémon Center and Store in the country.

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Final Fantasy Crystal-flavor fried chicken coming to Japanese convenience stores

And you can wash it down with some Moogle tea.

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer Enako reveals shocking amount she earns from manga gravure modeling

Enako finds a new way to surprise us with how much money she’s making.

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Japanese roller coaster keeps breaking riders’ bones, now under federal investigation

”Do-Dodonpa” is supposed to be the sound that drums make, but what’s been happening recently is more like “snap snap.”

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Acid attack occurs at Tokyo subway station as man gets sulfuric acid thrown in his face

Police are looking for attacker seen in security footage whose actions also injured innocent woman.

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The most expensive pancakes we could find at 7-Eleven Japan are a delicious bargain【Taste test】

Japanese luxury hotel group creates pancakes you can buy at a humble convenience store.

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Pokémon kimono outfits will have you wanting to wear ‘em all【Photos】

This woman combined her love for kimono with her love for Pokémon, and the results are incredible!

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Illegal amounts of overtime going on at 37 percent of Japanese companies in government inspections

And believe it or not, that’s actually good news in a way.

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Japanese stores create clever anti-scalper policies for Pokémon cards, Gundam model kits

Making sure they end up in the hands of Pokémon Trainers and mobile suit fans, not resellers.

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Netflix shows off live-action Cowboy Bebop cast in costume, Japanese Internet less than impressed

Landmark anime’s reimagining isn’t winning over everyone in the franchise’s home country.

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Top 10 Disney character kimono rankings released, villain takes top spot【Photos】

No Disney princess could measure up to the fashion sense of this classic antagonist.

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Japanese mom’s son crashes her piano recital, melts the Internet’s heart【Video】

Mom’s big moment turns into an unforgettable family memory.

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Japanese man says “I’m a Vietnamese” while pointing knife at convenience store worker to rob her

Criminal shows astounding lack of human decency and linguistic skills.

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Penis fencing takes over Japanese Twitter

Reactions come hard and fast following stimulating segment by Japanese public broadcaster.

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Late-night Starbucks run? Chain will start discounting items before closing time in Japan

Starbucks Japan takes a page from Japanese supermarkets with new eco-friendly plan that should make everyone happy.

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Tokyo has a completely unmanned, honor-system electronics and appliance shop【Photos】

Mr. Sato takes a trip to GO12, easily the strangest place in the city to buy a microwave.

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Man in Kyoto leaves bag of red-stained knives in front of stranger’s house【Video】

There’s some excellent security camera footage, and for a very weird reason.

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KFC Japan releases official Kentucky Fried ramen recipe, other Japanese-inspired cooking ideas

Ramen and okonomiyaki made with the Colonel’s blend of 11 herbs and spices?

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New interior necessity: Japanese dining table with a hole for your cat right in the middle【Pics】

If your cat is already the master of the house, it may as well have its own place at the table, right?

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This “shiitake mushroom” is one of the most mind-blowing pieces of Nintendo fan art ever【Video】

It may not be Mario, but you can practically hear the character shout “It’s me!”

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