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.

All Stories by Casey Baseel

Beautiful Japanese sightseeing train will be unforgettable way to travel country’s north island

The Royal Express is coming to Hokkaido, but if you can’t wait, it’s already running in the Tokyo area.

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A Valentine’s Day shock has our reporter Seiji saying “I want to die”

Our often-single reporter gets a startling surprise from his girlfriend, and eats something he’s never had before.

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Starbucks Japan’s cherry blossom powder donuts, sakura-topped cakes bloom onto the menu

Four new Sakuraful Food desserts are here to get spring started early.

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Hollywood Your Name anime live-action movie will feature Native American girl, Chicago boy

Adaptation of Makoto Shinkai hit now has a high-profile American director, who the producers say was their first choice.

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Valentine’s Day Akiba-style: Hundreds of otaku line-up for cards and chocolates from anime girls

Real-world manifestations of affection from 2-D crushes cause massive lines on a weekday morning.

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Otaku parenting: Loving mom shocks daughter out of bed cosplay-style

But given Mom’s past cosplay skills, maybe she should have seen this coming.

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Ridiculously awesome cherry blossom bar with sakura pool opening in Tokyo【Photos】

It’s called the Sakura Chill Bar, but it’s got us seriously excited.

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Batman as a samurai ningyo figure is trans-Pacific time-tripping awesomeness

The world’s greatest detective swaps his cowl for a kabuto in tie-up with 208-year-old Tokyo crafting company.

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Video shows off hundreds of beautiful AI-created anime girls in less than a minute【Video】

Powerhouse GAN demonstration even has tech giant Elon Musk applauding its awesomeness.

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Massive menstrual flow character will be Japan’s newest movie star

Seiri-chan is making the leap from manga protagonist to the movie screen, and in a live-action adaptation.

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Museum of poo opening in Japan, has living poo mascot that lays other living poos

Colorful museum’s management promises “photogenic” experience and fun “shit game.”

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Johnnie Walker takes a walk through Japan with beautiful Japan Limited Edition whisky

Special Blue Label is adorned with traditional Japanese symbols of prosperity and happiness.

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Genius-level otaku figures out a way to take a bath with his favorite anime girls every day【Pics】

KanCole superfan upgrades his regular bathtub to an ita-bathtub.

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Japanese breast size study shows rapid growth in previously smallest-busted region of county

Meanwhile, Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto, experiences dramatic downsizing.

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Snowy Japanese sports car shows what happens when Car-senpai notices you【Video】

One of the greatest driver’s cars Japan has ever produced shows its adorable side.

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Japanese poopers show strong enthusiasm for new portable banana toilet【Videos】

Crowdfunding success shows there’s still room for one more in the crowded Japanese toilet marketplace.

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Japanese company will ask your crush out on a date for you if you’re too shy to do it yourself

Deluxe plan costs over 140,000 yen (US$1,260).

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President of Japan’s obligation chocolate king sends personal letter to giri choco-hater Godiva

Things get personal, and sweet, in the latest chapter of the ongoing difference of opinions about a Japanese cultural tradition.

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Super Mario World 1-1 perfectly recreated, animation and all, in Japanese fan’s notebook【Vid】

”I drew Super Mario in my notebook” says amazing artist, but this isn’t any bored-in-class doodle.

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Anti-Valentine’s Day protest march held in Tokyo by Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men【Vid】

Shibuya demonstration also attracts one woman in call to “Crush romantic capitalism!”

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