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

Groper in Japan says he couldn’t resist “young females’ breasts,” all victims much older than him

Personal definition of “young” includes a woman more than twice his age.

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Do-it-yourself funeral kits go on sale in Japan

If funeral hall prices are killing you, this Nagano-based company wants to help make your final purchase an affordable one.

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Hello Kitty would look cute even if you peeled away all her flesh, new toy line shows us【Photos】

Did you know the Sanrio star’s muscles are apparently made out of sweet-tasting fruit?

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This holiday season, Japan lets you skip Christmas lights and see Evangelion lights instead【Vid】

A whole different kind of herald Angel.

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Otaku in Japan in danger of losing their virtual anime girl wives due to hologram tech upgrade

Reincarnation will be the only way to continue their love.

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Sonic the Hedgehog sends us the present of Japan’s ugliest Christmas sweaters. Umm…thanks【Pics】

Gotta change clothes fast!

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Angry anime shopper tells store employees to “Die” 3,852 times in death threat emails

Disgruntled 34-year-old woman says she wished the staff had died and Kyoto Animation workers lived.

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J.J. Abrams tells us fan-fav Jedi may make first-ever live-action appearance in Rise of Skywalker

We interview the Star Wars director in Tokyo as he talks about the easiest and most difficult parts of writing an ending to the nine-film series.

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Japanese ninja group wants to hire new member, must have strong aura and mental fortitude

Yes, you could quit your current job and become a professional ninja instead.

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Japan announces Kanji of the Year for 2019, and it was really the only logical choice

One topic dominated conversations in Japan this year, and now it’s officially the most significant single kanji character of the past 12 months.

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Jeopardy’s Pokémon category is freakishly easy, poses no threat to true fans【Video】

Do you know the name of the Pokémon anime’s main character? Congratulations! Here’s a thousand dollars!

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The Japanese ‘80s are back at this Tokyo photo studio that turns you into a Bubble Era-idol【Pics】

Fire up your city pop playlist for a visit to Asakusa’s legendary Marubell, where the ’80s never totally went away.

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Nintendo’s Kirby is trying to eat pet rabbits in Japan【Photos】

Official Kirby Cafe merchandise turns out to be startlingly, and adorably, good at recreating the Nintendo star’s in-game power.

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First-time Pokémon player has an extra-dark theory about how to make money in Sword and Shield

Sure, we suppose you could make money by treating your Pocket Monsters like this, but it’d make you the real monster.

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Japan’s deep-fried ramen croquettes are here, and now it’s time to try them!【Taste test】

”Do we want ramen or fried food?” we asked ourselves, and the answer was “Both, obviously.”

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Crazy Tokyo bar rewards you with free drinks for accurate ax throwing, offers shuriken option

Reeast Room is “a theme park where you can do things that you’re normally not allowed to.”

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Even anime industry insiders say they’re unable to contact execs from vanished anime studio

Production committee for Fragtime, studio’s most recent anime that’s playing in theaters right now, say their repeated attempts to communicate have yielded no response.

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AKB48’s final original member, who had to shave her head, is leaving the group

Last remaining member of original group of 20 founding idols announces graduation, says she “still loves AKB48.”

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New cat hotel in Japan lets you watch kitties right outside your window for entire stay【Pics】

Forget ocean views. “Cat view” is the best kind of hotel room.

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Historical katana dessert knives turn your sweet snacks into a delicious duel【Photos】

One of Japan’s best katana-collection museums recreates its swords in miniature form for you to cut up your desserts with.

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