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 Twitter user gets a terrifying visit from Mom while taking a bath

It must be really frustrating when you almost pee yourself while trying to get clean.

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Pokémon politics: Proposed Pikachu name-change sparks protests in Hong Kong 【Video】

Pikachu and Nintendo find themselves in the middle of a cultural controversy in Hong Kong.

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Want some canned Japanese idol air? Smartphone virtual crane game offering exactly that as prize

Here’s your chance to breathe the rarefied air of AKB48, Japan’s highest-flying idol mega group.

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Ellen Baker, Japan’s anime-style English textbook teacher, gets turned into a huggy pillow

With or without permission from her creators, someone is ready to provide in-bed companionship for everyone who’s hot for teacher, as long as that teacher is Ellen-sensei.

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Advanced otaku: How to make a still-illustration manga girl’s boobs jiggle 【Video】

Quickly and easily add a bit of salacious animation to your 2-D crush using things you’ve got in your kitchen.

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Parents abandon seven-year-old son in mountains of Japan “because he wouldn’t listen”

Search for child lost in Hokkaido still ongoing.

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Can you spot the hidden darkness in this Japanese dating service ad?

Inadvertent or not, it’s a sobering reminder that not all relationships last forever.

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Why Does Engrish Happen in Japan? – Breakfast buffet edition

Is there a better way to start your day than with a nice plate of Italian wind salad and “near the broil with salt?”

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Samurai sword umbrella sheaths will help you fight off the rainy day blues 【Photos】

Chic canvas carriers let you cut a playfully stylish figure.

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Six Japanese foods you won’t want to miss trying in Ise

Taking a trip to Mie Prefecture and Ise Shrine? Don’t forget to bring your camera, and your appetite too.

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Soon, Japanese kids will be learning about virtual idol Hatsune Miku in their school textbooks

Vocaloid pioneer to be featured in high school music text going into use next year.

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Is this arcade game corner the kindest or cruelest for idol otaku who love game for little girls?

Sometimes, the line between hospitality and hostility is a blurry one.

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Hello Kitty joins Mario Maker, may possibly break Japanese-ness level-measuring equipment 【Video】

Arrival of Kitty-chan and fellow Sanrio character My Melody is the most Japanese thing since schoolgirl outfit Pikachu.

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Japan’s 54-year-old lingerie model is turning heads of multiple generations in new ads 【Video】

They don’t call her the “Eternal Idol” for nothing.

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Free Japanese e-book of cats in sexy poses is like the entire Internet in one convenient package

Downloadable and browser versions contain photos of more than 200 alluring pusses.

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Adorable Japanese kitty is having the time of his nine lives with this face massager 【Video】

Maybe they should sell these things in the pet supply section instead of the beauty products corner?

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This beautiful, traditional Japanese building is actually a fully modern convenience store

Convenience stores in Japan are often like mini supermarkets, but this one near one of Shinto’s holiest shrines also feels like a time machine.

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Why buy a new car when you could get this life-sized anime girl statue for the same price?

Full-scale To Love-Ru figure being offered to the public for the first time, but the slender character has a hefty price.

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Insanely huge Japanese roach trap is strong enough to catch a sumo wrestler 【Video】

Here’s a tip: if you’re ever stuck on a giant roach trap, do not let the adhesive get on your nipple.

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Japanese idol group’s CD-purchase rewards include overnight hot spring stay with favorite singer

Fans will need to part with two million yen (US$18,181) to earn the weekend getaway.

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