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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Sailor Moon uniforms and theme music wins Uzbekistan gymnasts new fans at Tokyo Olympics

”Moonlight Densetsu” plays while rhythmic gymnastics team performs dressed as anime’s most famous magical girl.

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Japan’s new canned curry is ready-to-drink and ready to delight the curry-loving nation

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Japan’s beverage makers anymore than we already did, they go and do this.

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Tokyo Olympics comes to a close with anime opening ska remix at closing ceremony 【Video】

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Takarazuka theater troupe provide music as 2021 Tokyo Olympics wrap up.

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Crazy huge Pokémon Piplup plushie is even bigger than its canon game/anime size【Photos】

If bigger is better, this might just be the best Piplup ever.

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Cup Noodle now has cute cats and judgmental foxes waiting underneath its lids【Photos】

Instant ramen providing instant smiles from adorably weird designs.

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The blood-soaked meaning behind the mysterious marks on the floor at Tokyo Station【Photos】

Almost nobody notices them, but they’re reminders of a violent era in Japan’s past.

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Furious train otaku in Japan confront foreign bicyclist after he gets in the way of their cameras

Encounter leaves rail fans shouting into the night in seaside town.

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“It’s a GUNDAM!” BBC Olympics learns that RX-0 at Tokyo Olympics is not a Transformer

Not all transforming robots are Transformers, anime fans are quick to explain.

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Olympic athlete gets special Tokyo memory competing at site of one of her favorite video games

British swimmer and JRPG fan spots some familiar scenery in Odaiba.

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Tokyo man wins 21-million yen lawsuit after slipping on lettuce water, tempura ruling overturned

Two supermarket shoppers pick up injuries, but only one gets a courtroom win.

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Pre-dawn photo of Mt. Fuji looks almost too beautiful to be real

Cloud layer looks like line between dimensions in amazing shot taken far from the mountain’s peak.

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer’s Dragon Maid photos draw divided reaction for skimpy costume【Pics】

Usually there’s not a complaint to be found when Enako poses for the camera, but this time is different.

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Starbucks Japan’s first pineapple Frappuccino, Go Pineapple, should be the Gorogoro Pineapple

Taste-testing Starbucks Japan’s first-ever pineapple dessert drink, plus its peachy companion.

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Honda releases official doggy wheel accessories, Shiba Inu shift selectors for your car【Photos】

Kawaii canine car style.

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Star Wars and Tamagotchi team-up for the R2-D2 Tamagotchi virtual pet【Video】

Your love and care can help the droid learn over a dozen skills as he interacts with other Star Wars characters.

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The time we (almost certainly) got scammed by a dating app in Tokyo’s bar district

“Hey, let’s play a game,” she said, but maybe it was our reporter who got played.

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Japan’s daruma dolls seem to be causing problems for horses at the Tokyo Olympics

Creative touches appeared to cause culture shock for four-legged competitors in equestrian event.

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Famous manga artist gives out advice on how to draw breasts to celebrate Boob Day

Fairy Tail’s Hiro Mashima wanted to make sure his fans learned a useful skill this Oppai Day.

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Why do elevators have mirrors in them? Japan Elevator Association has the answer

There’s an important reason, and no, it’s not so you can see how good you look.

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Sega closing iconic Tokyo arcade that’s been in business for almost 30 years

Sega Ikebukuro GiGO has been a landmark since the ‘90s’ golden era of Japanese arcades.

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