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

Foreign travelers now spend more money in Japan than ever before, surprise country at top of list

Neither Chinese nor American tourists spent the most per person in Japan last year.

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Mother of Kyoto Animation artst who died in arson wants on-site memorial, residents opposed

“I want them to build a monument. Not in some other place, but in the same place where the studio was.”

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Moving life-size Gundam statue’s debut date, new home in Japan announced【Video】

After leaving Tokyo, the original life-size Gundam is establishing a new base in another major Japanese city.

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Studio Ghibli grants streaming rights to Netflix, but anime fans in three key countries left out

190 reasons to be happy, and three to be sad..

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Tokyo florist’s “flower subscription” service lets you choose new blossom to take home every day

Cafe offers a beautiful way to start your day.

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HALOP: The Japanese huggy pillow for people who already have a human boyfriend/girlfriend

A new kind of dakimakura designed to provide fantasies that are actually based in reality.

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Mayor of Osaka wants to legally control when kids can and can’t use smartphones in their own home

55-year-old politician thinks kids are ditching school because they’re spending too much time on their phones.

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Does Comiket need to revise its booth code system for foreigners who don’t understand Japanese?

Fan thinks Japanese linguistic stubbornness is limiting the potential audience of Japan’s artists and creators.

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It’s a cherry blossom party in your mouth with sakura matcha Pocky!

Sakura are ready to bloom on your taste buds even before the start of spring.

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Hundreds of otaku line up to get spanked by anime voice actress at Tokyo event

Star of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Symphogear gives a very special hello to her fans’ butts.

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Fewer people committed suicide in Japan last year than in any other year on record

Suicide rate drops to historic low.

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New ANA air pass with unlimited Japanese house rentals, multiple flights now taking applications

An amazingly affordable way to see Japan and live like a local.

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Doll otaku’s plastic bedmate gets loving hospitality from beautiful Japanese hot spring inn

Traditional ryokan in onsen resort town wants to make sure both guests sleep tight.

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Japanese airline still using some startling old, almost 20-year-old computer tech, traveler learns

Air carrier has stuck with its airport OS for longer than just about any private PC user.

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Why throw away your leftover ramen broth when you can use it to make awesome ramen rice instead?

Hop into the SoraKitchen with us for a super-easy way to supercharge your rice cooker cooking.

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Shinkansen tale of crying baby, grumpy man, and clever attendant warms Japanese internet’s heart

“I can’t sleep with this noisy kid crying!”

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Stop what you’re doing and go make Japanese-style s’mores right now with our recipe!【SoraKitchen】

Foreigner in Japan calls ordinary cookies the most delicious things he’s ever eaten, but we transform them with a delicious marshmallow substitute.

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Tokyo department store’s best beef sushi bento combines two of the best things in life

Wagyu plus sushi plus bento is the formula for a perfect meal.

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What are these strange empty “seats” that are being spotted in Tokyo train stations?

Too high to sit on, too small to do anything else with, so why are they there?

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Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID

He calls it a cosplay accessory, police call it a forgery.

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