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

Meet Nowa Yukigami, Japan’s cute-looking, panty-flashing mascot cat

Mascot character who debuted in December aims to bring smiles to faces and eyes to her underwear.

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No one has ever loved anything as much as these adorable Japanese ducks love watermelon【Video】

Make that adorable and lightning-fast ducks.

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Pokémon Soda appears in Japan! But Pikachu isn’t the star?!?

The face of the franchise gets pushed aside by another beloved Pokémon and its eight evolutions.

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Japanese teachers confiscate students’ cell phones following Osaka earthquake, get slammed online

Even in a country that values following the rules, many say cutting off lines of communication following disaster is going too far.

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Ninja bikini goes on sale in Japan, sacrifices stealth for sexy coolness【Photos】

Design manages to be bold and unique while still providing a surprising amount of coverage. Plus, a closer look at the shinbi spokesmodel.

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The Deep Matcha Matcha of Matcha-Cha, an awesome green tea sweets cafe in an unexpected place

An amazing place for lovers of green tea in the City of Angels.

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50-year-old otaku murders father who criticized his anime and game hobbies

76-year-old victim fought off first attempt on his life, succumbed to second.

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Japanese cat lover has an ingenious plan to keep your cat from hogging your bed all night

Tired of sleepless nights from your cute kitty pushing you around the bed? Here’s a quick and clever solution.

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Haneda Airport’s awesome sea bream ramen restaurant is the perfect way to end your trip in Japan

Make Japan even harder to leave by finishing your vacation with one of the most unique, satisfying ramen meals in Tokyo.

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Clear near beer is here! We taste test Japan’s new zero-alcohol, zero-color brew【Taste test】

Suntory wants us to drink its new All-Free All-Time at work, so that’s just what we did.

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One Piece manga creator’s joke about World War II soldier prompts official apology from publisher

Anime/manga legend Eiichro Oda’s joke about fried chicken touches a raw historical nerve.

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McDonald’s Japan offering Calpis shakes this summer with new-and-improved recipe

Yogurt-like beverages combine McDonald’s shake know-how with one of Japan’s favorite summertime flavors.

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Anthropomorphized menstrual cycle is Japan’s newest comic book star

Seiri-chan is a heartwarmingly absurd manga for the modern period.

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Pet rabbit celebrates Japan’s World Cup victory by humping Pokémon’s Charmander【Video】

Sudden exuberance following soccer win draws praise for vigor and speed.

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Japanese soccer fans’ awesome manners are spreading to another country at World Cup

Following victory by Japan, Colombian fans take part in a Japanese tradition.

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Tokyo’s Shibuya goes crazy as soccer fans celebrate Japan’s historic World Cup victory【Videos】

Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing never misses a chance to party, but the massive seas of humanity had an extra-special reason this time.

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Loving Japanese son accidentally feeds dog snacks to his family on Father’s Day

Satisfied diners say the food was “delicious.”
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Foreign exchange student punches Japanese basketball referee, victim won’t press charges【Video】

Vicious attack that required 10 stitches is followed by startlingly kind gesture of forgiveness.

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Tokyo miracle hairstylist returns with new geek-to-chic video, plus how to have him cut your hair

Want the Japanese Internet’s favorite hairstylist to transform your hairdo? Here’s how to make an appointment.

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Japanese train company under fire for ad saying defenselessness is a form of femininity

Pairing statement with a picture of a young girl didn’t help.

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