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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Hooters closing original location in Japan as large-chested chain’s downsizing continues

In a country that loves breasts as much as Japan, how is Hooters failing?

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Harry Potter permanent exhibition museum to open in Tokyo

Facility recreating environments from Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts films will be built on former site of one of Tokyo’s oldest theme parks.

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Japanese man gets fired for lying on resume by saying he had less education than he really does

Anonymous tip ends 24-year career with city of Kobe.

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Traditional Japanese inn offers ultimate amenity: A cat companion to spend the night with

Hot spring town ryokan lets guests try out the experience of owning a cat so they can learn if they want a permanent pet of their very own.

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Japanese woman finds skeleton, possibly of her missing brother, while cleaning her house

Brother was reported missing to police four years ago.

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What’s the minimum amount of money Japanese women want their husbands to earn? Survey investigates

Three brackets make up the majority of financial expectations, but some women require a lot more.

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Give your anime figures the epic backdrops they need with these awesome 100 yen shop photo sheets

Glorious backgrounds for your favorite characters even if the contents of your wallet are less than epic.

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Very smart, funny cat shows exactly what it feels like to go outside in Japan’s heat wave【Video】

People are laughing, but honestly, this cat has the right idea.

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It’s OK to eat ramen every day, says Japanese doctor…as long as it’s not one type

Doctor gives opinion on how to slot a daily bowl of ramen into a healthy diet.

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Morons caught blasting adult-video audio inside one of Tokyo’s busiest train stations

But it wasn’t naked people that they wanted to watch.

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78-year-old dad in Japan handmakes amazing anime figure furniture for his otaku child

A story to warm the heart…and fill it with desire for a set of your very own.

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Japanese Corgi makes a Pokémon friend as life-size Yamper plushie moves into his home【Video】

Birthday pooch is very happy with his present.

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It’s time for a Pokémon ASMR trip to the seaside with Squirtle’s Day at the Beach!【Video】

Water-type starter is joined by two other Pokémon species for some relaxing summer fun.

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Bones of over 1,500 people found at Osaka Station area construction site

Before the area was known as Umekita, it was known as Umeda Grave.

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Japan’s first-ever ramen restaurant, which closed 44 years ago, is reopening this fall!

Historic ramen restaurant Rairaiken starts serving ramen again in a very appropriate location.

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Japanese wife/artist solves “I don’t know. What do YOU want to eat?” problem in an awesome way

A clever solution for those times when both you and your spouse are too hungry to think of anything on your own.

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Starbucks opens special telecommuting branch in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood【Photos】

New branch is more focused on people who go to Starbucks to work than the ones who go there to relax.

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Japanese couples who want to try living together can now rent apartments for as little as one week

Service with apartments in Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Okinawa says all genders and nationalities are welcome.

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Anime ice cream — Häagen-Dazs Japan releases beautiful shojo-style anime ad【Video】

Does life get any better than a view of a moonlit sky, a sweet treat, and a cat for company?

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How to enjoy a cold drink without taking off your mask this summer【Experiment, video】

A special summer tip from the SoraNews24 Department of Questionable Life Hacks.

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