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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Honda has created a GPS navigation system for your shoes【Video】

Ashirase sounds great for anyone who gets lost easily, but there’s another group of people Honda has in mind.

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Super Mario kimono, Bowser underwear part of gigantic Nintendo/Japanese fashion brand collab

Department store Parco teams up with the video game giant to create over 300 new fan fashion items.

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Busy morning in Sapporo as bear attacks coincide with naked man walking around town【Videos】

Hokkaido’s capital city gets a whole day’s worth of craziness in before noon.

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Baby tanuki prompts adorable standoff as it tries to get into Tokyo art museum【Videos】

Cultured critter wants into the building, ends up in our hearts instead.

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Super Universal Studios Japan employee gives Super Mario fan’s photo an awesomeness power-up

Quick-thinking employee knows just what to do when the camera comes out.

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Cooking disaster leaves Japanese kitchen looking like a bloody murder scene

Sweet intentions lead to a gruesome-looking end.

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Woman says she’s a foreign student struggling in the pandemic, asks us to buy her homemade chocolate

Sweets we bought on the street turn out to be suspiciously delicious.

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Free official Evangelion coloring book-style art released, fans share new looks for Asuka

What would Asuka look like if she jumped ship from Evangelion to Gundam or Demon Slayer?

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Fruit daifuku – A Japanese mochi dessert that’s simple to make and awesome to experiment with

Today in the SoraKitchen we’re mixing nature’s candy with Japanese sweets.

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“The best curry I’ve ever had in my life, ever” comes from a Tokyo curry vending machine

There’s a lot of great curry inside this machine, but one in particular is really something special.

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Anime voice actor star of Cowboy Bebop marries former idol less than half his age

Congratulations, space cowboy.

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Finally! First-ever Pokémon manhole covers installed in downtown Tokyo

Pokéfuta are waiting for fans outside two of Japan’s best museums.

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Killing Machine appears at Japanese baseball stadium, Dragon Quest fans thrilled【Video】

Video game monster brings the heat with a sizzling fastball.

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Sinisterly delicious wine from Attack on Titan anime now on sale in real-world Japan

Winemaker promises no monstrous side effects.

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Teacher in Japan literally picks up truant kid, carries him out of house to make him go to class

Parents are less than pleased with overly hands-on approach to education.

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Landmark Akihabara arcade Adores is the latest Tokyo game center to go out of business

Only a few days remain for the crane game specialist.

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Final Fantasy VII silicone mold lets you make Buster Sword chocolates, ice cubes in your freezer

Cloud’s iconic weapon is ready to help quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Poll asks adult manga fans to pick Weekly Shonen Jump’s greatest artist ever

Grown-ups weigh in on the question of whose art has stayed in their hearts into adulthood.

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Berserk cosplay grieving – Working out sadness at Kentaro Miura’s death the only way we know how

Our in-house Berserk fan dresses up as one of the series most memorable faces…and no, it’s not Guts of Griffith.

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You can now rent “fat people” in Japan

New company seeks to change the image of being overweight in Japanese society.

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