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

Pikachu and pals dress up as other Pokémon for Pokémon GO Halloween event, and we want them all

Pikachu returns the idolization favor by dressing up as Mimikyu!

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Suntory’s brilliant new canned cocktail is made specifically to taste great with fried chicken

Beverage giant seeks to make Japanese-style karaage fried chicken and chu-his an even better combination.

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli anime are finally coming to streaming with HBO Max deal

For the first time ever, you can watch My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away without physical media, but one important movie is being left out.

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Busty blood drive anime girl artwork “not recognized as sexual harassment” by Japanese Red Cross

Spokesperson says anime collaborations have regularly led to increased blood donations.

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Uruguay rugby players accused of smashing up restaurant, injuring employee in Japan

Players helped themselves to unordered booze following World Cup elimination and caused more than four million yen (US$37,000) in damage, owner says.

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Dragon Ball Trunk’s jacket on sale, gives you the look of a ‘90s anime hero today!【Photos】

Dragon Ball’s time-traveling swordsman came from the future, but his clothes are ready to take you back to the past.

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Japanese company wants you to use a remote-controlled robot to visit Grandma, go shopping【Video】

The technology is definitely there, but are your elderly relatives ready for you to drive robots around their houses?

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How did samurai swords and armor evolve over time?【Part 2】【Photos】

We’re back for another look at how the arms and armor of samurai developed, and this time we learn why they ditched their otachi for uchigatana.

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Tokyo loses 2020 Olympic marathon as IOC shifts race to another part of Japan

Heat and humidity in the capital judged risks to athletes’ safety and performance, so another Japanese city with an Olympic past will play host.

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Terrifying Cthulhu-yaki created by lazy Japanese home chef

If you’re using the Necronomicon as your cookbook, you might end up with something like this monstrosity.

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This is Japan’s second-shortest mountain, and we climbed it without realizing it【Photos】

The compact peak is hidden in plain sight right in downtown Osaka.

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Japanese dating site’s picture of ideally attractive woman: young, no sleeves, college education

Younger men don’t enjoy the same popularity, though.

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Tokyo has a bar that only lets you in if you come alone – No bringing your friends allowed!

We check out Hitori, a bar in Shinjuku with an admission system like nowhere else.

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Japanese Twitter user’s smart, chocolate-based way to make yourself do chores you’re too lazy for

Because no amount of loafing is as sweet as chocolate.

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Theorizes that otaku are more likely to meet blood drive requirements than more mainstream members of society.

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There’s a Final Fantasy live-action stage musical coming to Tokyo!

Square-Enix’s video game franchise makes the leap from TV screen to theater stage.

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Japan’s craziest, most terrifying video game arcade is going out of business【Photos】

Warehouse Kawasaki is like nowhere else in the video game industry, and if you want to see it for yourself, you’ll have to move fast.

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Japanese boy knows the one thing he needs when evacuating from typhoon, and it melts our hearts

”We’re only taking the most important things with us,” dad says before Typhoon Hagibis, and son knows exactly what that is.

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Man in China says he likes Pokémon’s Team Rocket on social media, company makes him issue apology

Post expressing love for Jessie, James, and Meowth deemed “inappropriate content that adversely affects society.”

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Godiva tapioca tea on sale in Japan just in time to get in on the country’s boba boom【Taste test】

Belgian chocolatier tries its hand at the Asian dessert drink that’s taken Japan by storm.

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