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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Japanese rental house comes with craziest amenity ever: a full-size bus

Relator says island home is great choice for telecommuters.

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Erotic Japanese woodblock print underwear makes a statement when you take off your pants【Pics】

Hokusai and other ukiyo-e masters of the Edo period are here to help your crotch look its best.

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The Five Smalls – Tokyo asks citizens to follow five guidelines as coronavirus infections spike

Officials are worried situation could get even worse as Japan approaches its busiest socializing season.

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Nintendo’s Kirby is ready to warm your body and heart as a USB heater plushie【Photos】

Kirby’s newest power: keeping you cozy through the winter!

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Should people in Japan be allowed to keep their surnames after getting married, survey asks

Right now, getting married in Japan means someone is changing their name.

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Starbucks Japan tells us what we’re getting for Christmas: matcha green tea brownie Frappuccinos!

Visual metaphor for the season promises to be beautiful and delicious.

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Japanese dance gamer finds wife who’s “too understanding” of his hobby, awesome video shows

Magic at the arcade as world champions dance an amazing dual-play.

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Tokyo Olympic chairman’s Super Mario reference isn’t as heartwarming as he thought it would be

Following former prime minister’s Super Mario cosplay, says he wants to be like Nintendo star’s in-game “partner,” but doesn’t fully understand the relationship.

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Comiket returns! Japan’s largest otaku convention announced for 2021 with new admission policies

Restart follows cancellation of 2020 iterations due to coronavirus pandemic.

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Japan’s new carriable one-person hot pot maker is our newest cooking gadget obsession

The makers of the portable bento box rice cooker are back to help get us through the winter.

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Japanese middle school criticized for pulling out girls’ bra straps to check their color

Law association calls practice a violation of human rights.

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Anime girls are waiting for you to tell them about your real-life poo for new game’s microtransactions

Unkore gives “shit game” a whole new meaning.

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Portable PlayStation 4 created by genius in Japan【Videos/Photos】

Just as the PlayStation 5 arrives in homes, this PlayStation 4 s ready to go wherever you want to take it.

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Tokyo is the best city in the world to live in, study says

Japan’s capital gets a boost in this year’s global rankings for a very 2020 reason.

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Mugger sticks gun in Japanese teenager’s back, she tells him to get a job

Woman would rather thief take life advice than other people’s money.

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Japan is getting apple pie-flavor KitKats with help from a 136-year-old sweets shop

A treat as Aomori-an as apple pie.

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Can these masks give you Japan’s kogao “small-face” ideal? Let’s find out!【Experiment】

Our team tries to achieve the Japanese beauty goal.

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Beautiful Mt. Fuji sunrise or literal end of the world? Video looks like it could be either one

Time-lapse video ends with a big surprise.

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Six-hour Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind kabuki stage play is finally coming out on home video

You can enjoy the first-ever complete adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s original story from the comfort of your couch.

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Can’t put your smartphone down when you’re eating? This clever plate has a solution【Photos】

Because no matter what’s for lunch or dinner, it shouldn’t be served with a side of stress.

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