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

Can you put Japan’s hot bottled tea/coffee in the microwave? Only if you see this special notice

Almost all drink makers caution against it, but one says it’s safe as long as you follow some special rules.

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Ultra-luxurious breakfast bus will give Tokyo commuters a break from the hell of rush-hour trains

Elegance is the name of the game with special Nestlé transportation option.

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What Pokémon Type are you? A quick look at your social media habits will give you the answer

Personality quiz reveals if you’re a fun-loving Grass Type or a relentless Dark Type.

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Tokyo’s AKB48 idol-themed cafe announces sudden, permanent closure

Only a few weeks left to visit the idol singer eatery, plus possibly one more Akihabara landmark.

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Graffiti artist Pikachu plushies coming to brand-new Shibuya Pokémon Center megastore【Photos】

New shop within walking distance from Scramble Intersection also has giant Mewtwo in research tube greeting guests.

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Uniqlo’s new Dragon Ball T-shirts and hoodies modeled for the first time【Photos】

A massive batch of photos shows off the Japanese brand’s latest foray into anime apparel.

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The Magikarp kiss — Japanese woman explains why the Pokémon-like smooch is so terrible

Illustrated diagram shows why the weakest Pokémon is also the worst kisser.

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KFC Japanese New Year’s cards give you free fried chicken to start 2020 off right!

KFC gets into Japan’s nengajo tradition in a finger-licking way.

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Can a Japanese person look good in one of those for-foreigner souvenir kimono? Mr. Sato finds out

Gift shop kimono are almost nothing like the real thing, but can Mr. Sato’s fashion aura transcend national boundaries?

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This is Akihabara’s best hidden food vending machine: The Mansei meat sandwich machine!

Must-eat meat on the street in Japan’s video game and anime capital.

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That time we got imprisoned in a Tokyo hostess bar

The true, and truly weird, story of the time our hostess-bar-loving reporter went out for a drink, and couldn’t come back.

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Real-world Pokémon arena battle park found in Japan【Photos】

Intentional or not, there’s no way to see this park in one of Japan’s largest cities and not think of Pikachu throwing down.

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Is it OK to bite through your ramen noodles while slurping them in Japan? Internet debates

Slurping is the norm in a Japanese noodle house, but is it OK to bite off your ramen if it’s more than you can chew?

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Tokyo Olympics might allow you to take one, and only one, drink with you into sweltering stadiums

Organizing Committee considers relaxing rules for the Games during Japan’s always hot and humid summer.

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Japan’s new Pikachu Pokémon donuts are super popular, crazy cute, and totally tasty

But really, the Pikachu Tail should be called the “Pikachu Butt.”

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Pre-pubescent boy in Japan uses his high voice to impersonate a schoolgirl in prostitution scam

It’s sure to become one his fondest childhood memories.

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There’s a permanent all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink KFC restaurant opening in Tokyo

All the fried chicken you can eat (plus all the beer you can drink), whenever you want it!

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Blood-red Evangelion hot spring bath to open in Japan for fun, relaxing terror

East Japan’s premier hot spring town, the real-world Tokyo-3, wants you to bathe in LCL.

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Kyoto Animation has a touchingly kind plan to distribute its 3.2 billion yen in arson donations

Company continues to put people first as it meets with victims’ families and refuses to use funds for business recovery.

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Japanese version of Frozen 2’s “Into the Unknown” is a powerful return for Elsa’s singer in Japan

Video shows off famous Japanese actress/vocalist’s newest song for Disney’s snow queen.

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