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

Check out these photos from the British Museum’s beautiful Manga special exhibition【Photos】

The London landmark gives manga the fine-art treatment.

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Japanese novelist can’t stand anime’s over-the-top, “kabuki-style” voice acting

Dojinshi writer-turned-engineer-turned-mystery writer isn’t a fan of how anime sounds (or looks, for that matter).

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Japanese cat book explains how cats see their human owners, and it’s not as objects of respect

Cats are apparently disappointed in us, and for some there’s a pretty understandable reason.

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Foreigner in Japan gets “scary Cretaceous cookies” at work, Japanese wife can’t wait to eat them

Proof that one country’s horror is another’s hunger.

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Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen singer’s new song, “Everyone must die,” is insane, possibly poignant【Vid】

Are we crazy for looking for deep meaning in a Pikotaro song? Maybe, but no crazier than the song itself.

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Best descendent ever? Japanese man builds memorial Pokémon out of cucumber to honor ancestors

One day, if you’re lucky, maybe someone will remember you at Obon like this.

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Kyoto Animation arsonist sent more than one novel to company as part of annual writing contest

School-day stories among genres of submissions.

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How should a guy say “I” in Japanese? Japanese women give their opinions【Survey】

Women have some strong opinions on which of the many Japanese words for “I” a guy should use when talking about himself.

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Kyoto-roasted coffee has a connection to one of the city oldest, most beautiful summer ceremonies

Gozan no Okuribi fire festival inspires new line of gourmet coffee.

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Japanese people love cats because they’re tsundere, psychologist says

“Meow meow”=tsuntsun deredere.

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What do Japanese kids want to be when they grow up? For 30 percent of boys, YouTubers, survey says

Professional e-sports player also skyrockets in popularity for boys, while girls’ career dreams remain steady.

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Food, sleep, or sex? Survey asks Japanese people which they can’t live without

One wins in a landslide, while another gets hardly any votes at all.

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Japanese baseball teen refuses walk after getting hit by pitch, follows up with home run【Video】

Blames self for bean ball in Japan’s most competitive high school sports tournament.

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Peeing Shiba Inu figures are Japan’s latest quirky, maybe-cute capsule toy offerings【Photos】

”They’ll play nice with your other figures!” promises manufacturer.

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Strange blanket from Japan promises good night’s sleep with the help of tentacle-like noodles

Udon for Sleeping takes inspiration from one of Japan’s favorite noodle types.

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New anime AI program animates your art for you when you add a voice clip【Videos】

DeepAnime is the attest attempt to raise the heights of automated anime production.

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Japanese senior citizen beats up adult son after he finds out he got tattoos

Skips spanking, instead goes with punching after body art discovery.

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Kyoto Animation suspends Kyoto Animation Awards in aftermath of deadly arson attack

Novel-writing contest, which accused arsonist was a failed entrant to, has been held since 2010.

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Mental illness issues could make death penalty impossible for Kyoto Animation arsonist

Psychiatric and legal experts comment on the possibility of arsonist in attack that killed 35 being sentenced to die for his crimes.

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New arrest warrant issued for Kyoto Animation arson suspect

Kyoto police update list of charges while suspect remains in hospital for burns suffered in attack on Fushimi anime studio.

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