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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“Get them drunk then chop off their heads.” Samurai’s assassination plot against U.S. envoys found

Alternate plan was to just burn them alive.

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Japan is building a Pokémon Slowpoke Park to delight fans of all ages

The prefecture that named the Water/Psychic Pokémon as its governor is now building him a park.

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Tokyo’s all-female sushi chef restaurant has closed down, is being dismantled

End of the line for Akihabara’s barrier-challenging Nadeshiko Sushi.

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Mister Donut dazzles us with custom-made Pokémon furniture and edible Jigglypuffs【Photos】

Delicious donuts, fashionable furniture, and just a little terrifying trauma.

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Adorable new Totoro finger puppets make perfect finger topper stocking stuffers【Photos】

Adorable last-minute Christmas gift ideas for the Studio Ghibli anime fan in your life (even if that fan is you).

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Japan’s Christmas plans are pretty chill this year, survey shows

Christmas Eve is considered the biggest date night of the year, but most respondents are planning to spend it a different way.

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Seaweed in your green tea Frappuccino? Starbucks Japan has a bold idea for its New Year’s drink

Starbucks goes old school with the semi-secret ingredient in its newest matcha Frappuccino.

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This Akihabara restaurant is the new best place in Tokyo to eat chicken nanban

Kyushu specialty gets the senmonten treatment in Tokyo’s otaku district.

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Why is there a fish on this Shake Shack Japan T-shirt?

The linguistic and cultural reasons behind the design of one of our burger-loving reporter’s favorite pieces of clothing.

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Do Japanese superfans really want to marry their favorite idol?【Survey】

Responses show fans have some complicated feelings about their oshi.

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Spy x Family Secret Mission attraction coming to Universal Studios Japan to test your spy smarts

WISE is recruiting new agents to solve a park-wide mystery.

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Eight boars drop dead around Japan’s Killing Stone【Video】

Stone said to imprison evil fox spirit spilt in half earlier this year.

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There’s a new world’s largest anime robot statue, and it’s not in Japan【Photos】

Guinness grants glory to Grendizer.

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Live-action Hunter x Hunter stage play is first in almost 20 years, reveals in-costume cast【Vid】

Star of adaptation of hit anime/manga wasn’t even born the last time there was a Hunter x Hunter stage play.

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Drunk Japanese politician in trouble for doing pullups inside moving train【Video】

Says he has no memory of why he thought that’d be a good idea.

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Ash and Pikachu are stepping down as the main characters of the Pokémon anime【Video】

The “final chapter of Ash and Pikachu’s story” is starting, and after it’s done the Pokémon anime is getting two new protagonists.

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Kyoto’s uniquely beautiful New Year’s tradition is being carried on by Starbucks Japan【Photos】

Before all of Japan had gacha machines, Kyoto had fukudama, and the coffeehouse chain is helping make sure the city still does.

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Is it OK to play with Pokémon card on the Shinkansen? A bullet train manners debate

Japanese comedian calls out “bad manners” of Pokémon-playing friends, but not everyone thinks his take is the very best.

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Live-action City Hunter is Netflix’s newest nostalgic-anime-to-live-action project

Hit anime/manga is being adapted into live-action in Japan for the first time.

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Super Nintendo World USA announces opening date at Universal Studios Hollywood【Video】

Nintendo’s amusement park expansion expands outside Japan for the first time.

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