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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The time farting lead to murder and the fall of one of Japan’s great samurai clans

Japan’s Chiba Prefecture was once ruled by a samurai whose death was flatulence-related.

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Demon Slayer Mugen Train about to do something no Japanese movie has done in U.S. in over 20 years

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba rolls on to its latest success.

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Japan has $10 bananas from the coldest prefecture in the country, but how do they taste?

Tropical fruit from Japan’s frosty north.

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Gorgeous gold Gundams are good-God expensive【Photos】

For the discerning, deep-pocketed fan who wants to go from Gunpla to Gungold.

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Japanese schoolgirl and karate teen subdue violent shoplifter

Martial artist happy to be able to put skills to use.

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Traveling Ghibli Expo announces it’s ending soon, but there might be a silver lining

Expo is making one last stop before shutting down.

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New system in Japan lets you pay for shopping with anime character keychains【Photos】

It’s not just e-money, it’s ani-money.

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Resident Evil’s vampire lady is now adorable puppet, promises new game isn’t scary at all【Video】

Domito-onee-san just wants us all to sing and paint very, very red pictures together.

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Japanese cat enjoys walks in the rain with his adorable tiny umbrella【Photos】

Not that long ago Miru was a stray, but now he’s living the good life.

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Culinary cosplayer shows how to make a Super Mario Yoshi egg sandwich

A super-easy trick lets you make Nintendo magic happen in your kitchen.

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Avengers ice cream assembles at Baskin-Robbins Japan【Taste test】

Now’s your chance to eat Captain America’s shield, Thor’s hammer, and more.

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Japanese chef’s curry cleanup kitchen hack means there’s no reason not to cook a pot right now

A simple solution to one of the only bad things about making curry.

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Protect yourself from social media evils with Japanese omamori amulet capsule toys【Pics】

Or amplify the good things about it, if you’re an optimist.

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Japanese dad supports kid’s dream of becoming a dragon that school nixed, kid changes mind anyway

New dream still has plenty of fantasy to it, though.

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China’s life-size Gundam anime robot statue is complete【Photos】

Full-scale Freedom Gundam now standing in Shanghai.

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Hands on with New Pokémon Snap! Is the Poké-photo game fun to play with your kids?

Our littlest reporter, and her daddy, pay a visit to The Pokémon Company to play the new game prior to its release.

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KFC’s Colonel Sanders is becoming a samurai in Japan this week

A Kentucky twist on a Japanese tradition.

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Netflix creates otaku virtual YouTuber who’s a bilingual Japanese/English sheep girl【Videos】

Anime brand ambassador speaks two languages, is subtitled in 10 more.

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Coronavirus vaccinations for general public in Japan to start in mid-July at the earliest

Trained dentists granted special permission to administer shots.

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Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno wants to make a live-action Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

After helping to animate the Hayao Miyazaki classic, veteran Studio Ghibli producer says Anno wants to make it without animation.

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