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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Shopping at Comiket? Don’t forget a Gentleman’s Bag to keep your racy purchases on the down low

Completely opaque bags being offered to keep merchandise in mint condition and away from sensitive eyes.

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Japanese girlfriend’s culinary revenge video shows hell hath no fury like a chef scorned【Video】

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, that’s also the best route by which to stab at it.

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Mysterious, foul-smelling ooze floods Shinjuku station walkways, terrorizes Tokyoites 【Videos】

Exact makeup of strange liquid still unknown.

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Cold Stone set to offer its first-ever soft-serve ice cream in Japan this month

Japanese dessert lovers have a soft spot for soft-serve, and the popular chain is now happy to oblige them.

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Believe it or not, you already know every single lyric to the new Pokémon Pikachu theme song

New song to be sung by Pikachu, with the loveable Pokémon mascot getting the maximum mileage out of his extremely limited vocabulary.

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Pokémon live-action movie is finally happening as Legendary Entertainment secures movie rights

But the company has made a puzzling choice about its star character.

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Survey asks Japanese women if they’d rather date a guy who’s experienced with women or not

Is there really no substitute for experience?

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Pokémon GO delayed in Japan? Time for us to transform into Pokémon ourselves and meet fans!【Pics】

A wild Satochu appeared!

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Anime’s Hideaki Anno apologizes to fans, talks about “soul-scraping” pain of making Evangelion

Director says he recently felt like he’d “never create anything again.”

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Here’s how manga hit One Piece is like sex, politics, and religion

Incident at Japanese pub shows that manga and anime can make for dangerous conversation fodder, depending on who’s in earshot.

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This homemade panda sushi from Japan contains no meat or fish, but tons of cuteness

Apparently the loveable creatures can be found in the mountains of China, zoos, and this couple’s refrigerator.

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Japan’s Godzilla movie looks darker than ever in director Hideaki Anno’s new trailer【Video】

Godzilla is once again menacing and immune to missiles.

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Japanese guys way more enthusiastic about moving in with girlfriends than vice-versa, survey says

Living together before marriage is becoming more common in Japan, but this poll suggests there’s still a big gap between how men and women feel about it.

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Pro sumo wrestler walks into Japanese arcade, shows off amazing rhythm game drum skills【Video】

You won’t want to take this guy on in the ring or at the arcade.

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Could the Pokémon GO model be the future of idol singer management video games?

With a few tweaks, the smash-hit Pokémon mobile game could be the perfect framework for idol-rearing franchises.

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Japan’s new Pokémon cosmetics will have you looking pretty in Pika

Female Pikachu takes center stage in promoting new line of makeup created with Japanese fashion brand.

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Got tattoos, but still want to experience a Japanese hot spring? It’s no problem here!

At this enlightened facility, the management would rather people gaze at Mt. Fuji than worry about their fellow bathers’ body art.

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Religious solicitors bothering you? Japanese Twitter user has an easy way to get rid of them

If you’re one of the many people who’d rather be playing video games than discussing religion with a stranger, this is one trick you’ll want to know.

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This chubby robot puppy from Japan is equal parts amazing and adorable【Video】

Osaka University’s PnueHound looks as excited to see us as we are to see it.

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Godzilla and his monstrous co-stars become desserts in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood

Kaiju cuisine is now on the menu at Namja Town!

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