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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Yet another Japanese dog sleeping in weird pose makes us wonder if pooches have their own memes

Is this the canine version of planking?

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Popular Japanese boy band member’s newest song is an anthem for the otaku lifestyle 【Video】

“Even If You’re an Otaku, It’s Alright” says there’s nothing wrong with doing what makes you happy.

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Ayato Nikukyu, one of Japan’s hottest cosplayers, visits RocketNews24 for an exclusive interview

Just how do you break into the world of professional cosplay?

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The size of the emperor of Japan’s security detail is no joke 【Video】

Japan’s reigning monarch steps out into town with his wife and several dozen bodyguards and attendants.

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Don’t let the cat out of the bag, but this curious kitty is in for an adorable surprise 【Video】

You could say this is a video of a cat having a great time with a paper bag, but that’s only half the story.

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Studio Ghibli releases second short adaptation of Japan’s oldest manga【Video】

800 years after its creation, the Scrolls of Frolicking Animals are still inspiring new content, thanks to the anime studio Hayao Miyazaki built.

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Tokyo may soon require bicyclists to strap on a helmet before getting on the road

After 11,000 bike accidents last year, the Tokyo metropolitan government is considering new safety regulations.

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“Selfish” Studio Ghibli producer apologizes while announcing price reduction for art exhibit

Producer of Spirited Away and The Wind Rises wants to make exhibit as accessible as possible, offers partial rebates to advance ticket purchasers.

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Can you tell which of these “full moons” are actually slices of ham?

Japanese Twitter user sends out a tough quiz on the night of the Strawberry Moon.

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One Piece pirates let themselves go, get back into shape with chubby new figure series

Looks like Luffy and his anime cohorts have been enjoying too many high-calorie meals while sailing the high seas.

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Think kids spend too much time on smartphones? Clever Japanese tweet will make you think again

Infographic argues that today’s youth really isn’t so different from the pre-smartphone generation.

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Studio Ghibli’s No-Face appears again on the streets of Japan to rock out on his shamisen 【Video】

Famous anime spirit seems to have gotten even better in the year since his skills were last recorded on video.

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Pikachu gets pumped up, freaks us out with his newly muscular bod

Looks like Pikachu’s protein supplements and lifting regimen have been super effective.

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Japanese pro wrestler shows off his professional-level bra handling skills in the ring

Pile drivers, headlocks, and bra clasps are all in a day’s work for Taichi.

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Japan’s largest anime megashop to open new branch in Akihabara specifically for women

Retail chain Animate is dedicating an all-new store in Tokyo to girls’ anime and manga.

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Video of Japanese cat touching a cherry is a heart-melting example of adorable gentleness 【Video】

This should really be the keystone of any anger management course.

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Kyoto’s primeval forest to come to life in beautiful interactive light art display 【Video】

Trees will “breathe” with light and sound as their beauty takes visitors’ breath away.

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Domestic robot Pepper can’t stop flipping people off in Japan 【Photos】

Pepper, I think we need to talk about your attitude problem.

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Add some feline appeal to your backside with moving clip-on cat tails 【Video】

When you walk with a tail, you walk with confidence.

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Japanese TV program chuckles at Shanghai Disneyland’s “non-Disney” characters, like…Mulan?

Could none of the producers remember back to 1998?

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