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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Toilet teaching – Japanese programmer explains key concept with clever bathroom snapshot

This may look like a bathroom crisis, but it’s actually an educational opportunity.

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New matchmaking service promises to weed out fake otaku with pre-registration diagnostic test

Company plans singles parties for fans of specific areas of otaku interest.

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Japanese couple creates awesome Pokémon-style wedding invitations

Instead of Pikachu, these creative Pokémon fans have chosen each other.

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Tom Brady thinks a Pokémon character might have stolen his Super Bowl jersey

Pikachu is in the clear, but the pro football player suspects one of his anime co-stars might be guilty of the crime.

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Cherry blossom beer is back in Japan ahead of the start of sakura season

The flowers won’t be opening from their buds for a few more weeks, but you can crack open a bottle of this special craft brew right now.

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Dramatic, must-take photo opportunities have been hiding in Japan’s revolving sushi restaurants

If you can resist eating that mouth-watering sushi for just a while longer, you’ll be rewarded with awesome pictures.

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What’s hiding under all those Japanese sticker picture stamps? Twitter illustrator has an idea

Artist thinks those aren’t so much decorations as they are disguises.

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Japanese idol cosplay face powder provides gleaming skin for costuming needs

New product promises the look of “a shining idol singer.”

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Japanese “reverse engagement ring” helps women control their marital destiny

Company even offers a consolation gift if he says no.

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Japan’s matcha green tea beer satisfies two cravings in an awesomely delicious way

If you can’t get enough of Japan, or just happen to be the indecisive type, this mix of Yebisu Beer and Kyoto green tea is for you.

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Dating simulator’s artwork submission rejected for being too painfully realistic

There’s a fine line between “cute displeased” and “hurt-the-player’s-feelings” displeased.

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Japan’s Kashima Shrine has a beautiful, sacred spring hiding behind its main buildings

Serene waters have been purifying worshipers for centuries.

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Avril Lavigne’s younger sister marries Japanese rock star

Bis sis is totally OK with having this fellow musician as her new brother-in-law.

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Ramen romance — Five things to remember if you don’t want to blow your noodle date

Avoid these faux pas and keep your date hot like ramen broth.

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Street Fighter II’s iconic bonus round gets a new car in awesome Toyota video【Video】

Fighting game’s last boss fights against Toyota’s newest model.

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Toyama Park, where skeletal remains of over 100 people are said to have been found【Haunted Tokyo】

We pay a midnight visit to this central Tokyo hill where rumor holds a ghost sobs in the dead of night.

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Awesome otaku room has a huge secret: It’s an amazingly detailed miniature!【Photos】

You might not think you have enough space in your home to display all these anime and movie robots, but you’re wrong.

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Japan’s new luxury overnight bus is the conveniently classy way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

We take a ride on this new travel alternative to the Shinkansen bullet train.

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Want to make sure your Eevee evolves into Umbreon or Espeon in the Pokémon GO update? Here’s how

Because some things in life, like Pokémon training, are too important to leave up to chance.

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Japanese Twitter seems to have no problems with Karlie Kloss’ “geisha” photo shoot

With the controversy over the model’s Vogue photos ongoing, has anyone bothered to check on how Japan feels?

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