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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Weekly Shonen Jump cancels manga after creator admits to schoolgirl groping

Act Age comes to an abrupt end with final chapter to be published three days after author’s arrest.

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Shonen Jump manga artist arrested for ride-by groping two junior high girls in Tokyo

Publisher, stage play producers issue statements.

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Osaka shrine’s sacred horse provides no bathroom privacy, lots of laughs after “remodeling”【Vid】

Horse just wanted to help, official Twitter account says.

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The Tokyo area welcomed more new foreign residents than Japanese ones last year

Japan’s population continues to become more international, but the situation might be changing soon.

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119-year-old Japanese high school stops forcing baseball players to shave their heads

“Whether your head is shaved doesn’t matter” says team captain.

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Pro gamer has perfect comeback to Sega exec’s “He looks like he eats cheese beef bowls” insult

Rolling with the punches when going out to eat.

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Inuyasha sequel anime Yashahime’s preview video is here, with a glimpse at Sango and Miroku’s son

Multi-generational follow-up to the Rumiko Takahashi hit also has a confirmed premiere date.

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How to turn Cup Noodle instant ramen into delicious Osaka-style dumplings【SoraKitchen】

Turns out Cup Noodles are just a few steps away from being cup takoyaki.

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Japan’s new life-size Gundam is complete and standing proud in Yokohama!【Photos/Video】

Shinto priests bless 55,000-pound anime robot’s head in jotoshiki ceremony.

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Japanese schoolgirl held prisoner in older man’s condo is free thanks to video game console

Teen was tied up with wire to prevent her from escaping.

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Evangelion, Spice and Wolf LED manhole covers installed in otaku-friendly neighborhood in Japan

Beautiful salutes to nearly two dozen anime/manga franchises light the way to the newest otaku destination.

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And now, an important message of hope from Gundam about the challenges of life in 2020【Video】

Real robot anime knows real life is hard these days, but challenges us to show the power of what we can do as long as we care and hold on to hope.

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Canned bento?!? We try out a cheaper alternative to canned Yoshinoya【Taste test】

But there’s one unexpected problem with this series of takikomigohan in a can.

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Making gyoza is a literal snap with this awesome Japanese kitchen gadget

A cheap and easy way to make one of Japan’s favorite inexpensive comfort foods.

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Sumo wrestlers stage group escape from dormitory over disagreements with master’s wife

With stablemaster in poor health and out of the picture, new rules were put in place, prompting escape to karaoke box.

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Virtual dojinshi convention Comic Vket recreates the community joy of canceled otaku gatherings

Free-to-attend, free-to-exhibit event is an online substitute for cancelled Comiket, held in virtual Akihabara.

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No escape from the terror with Japan’s new haunted Ferris wheel

Zombie Ferris Wheel of Hell is nearly 20 minutes of horror on Japan’s tallest Ferris wheel.

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Japan’s sushi that’s actually cake fools the eyes, blows the mind, pleases the stomach【Photos】

Clever cake maker thinks of everything, even how to turn the wasabi and ginger that come in a sushi set into proper desserts.

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New Pokémon manhole covers starring Chansey are set to bring good luck to Fukushima

The kind and caring Pokémon delivers the prefecture’s first Pokéfuta.

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All-anime-themed hotel opening in Japan’s Tokorozawa Sakura Town【Photos】

A new place to stay not far from the real-world inspiration for the setting of My Neighbor Totoro.

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