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

Godiva Japan’s amazing new matcha dessert drink looks like a gift from the green tea gods

After taking aim at one aspect of Japanese sweets culture earlier this year, the company is now embracing another.

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Mysterious fireball flies across the sky over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido【Video】

Sky and sea light up as phenomenon is seen at both ends of Japan’s largest prefecture.

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Godzilla constellation recognized by NASA as King of the Monsters claims a corner of space

Mt. Fuji constellation joins the kaiju in the gamma-ray-filled heavens.

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Tokyo Tsukiji inner fish market illegally reopens as protesting merchants sneak in, sell sashimi

Unhappy about government-mandated move to new facility, wholesalers occupy part of the market to do business as usual.

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Anime voice actress tells fan there’s not a woman in the world who’d be willing to marry him

Man asks for advice on how to marry a voice actress, gets told he could be a bachelor for life.

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Tokyo has a BLUE sushi restaurant with all-you-can-eat BLUE sushi for just 400 yen (US$3.50)

Some people might say the color is wrong, but we can all agree the price is right.

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No tricks, double treats as we try Starbucks Japan’s Halloween Witch and Princess Frappuccinos

Two enchanting newcomers just showed up at Starbucks, and we’re here to let you know which is right for you.

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Cherry blossoms are blooming in Japan in October, but why?

The country’s symbol of spring is being spotted in mid-autumn, so we held a one-man sakura party to celebrate!

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Barack Obama tells the world he doesn’t care about Pokémon【Video】

The former U.S. president encourages you to choose someone other than Pikachu.

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Is this common Japanese phrase for “goodbye” the reason for Japan’s crazy overtime hours?

When you’re leaving the office before your coworkers, you don’t tell them “Sayonara,” you tell them “I’m being rude.”

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Can you fight an entire pro wrestling match in Uniqlo stretch jeans? We find out【Photos】

Just another day in the office as P.K. and Go brawl in SoraNews24 headquarters.

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Aspiring anime voice actress is already fed up with one of its most common female tropes

English-language video sparks tweet in which she worries about pressure to “kill the person I am.”

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We try “Japan’s best-selling miso soup” and it melts the cold in our bones

A visit to the mushroom kingdom to see if 600,000 fans could possibly be wrong, and also to eat some amazing ramen.

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Cold Stone’s new mochi ice cream pops are packed with Japanese flavors like azuki and kuromitsu

New treats are exclusive to Japanese convenience stores and a compelling reason to keep eating frozen desserts even as the weather gets colder.

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Crazy cosplay team dresses up as Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train for an important reason【Videos】

Shrinking town wants its unique cosplayers to help put it on travelers’ maps.

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Japanese man punches cab driver after he refuses to drive friend who’d just pooped himself

71-year-old taxi driver’s nose was assaulted in multiple ways.

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Pikachu, other Pokémon recreate classic painting The Scream, have us squealing at their cuteness

New merchandise proves it’s impossible for the beloved Pocket Monster icon to not look cute.

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Elon Musk shares his love of anime, says he wants to build a mecha

Investor expresses admiration for two of anime’s most iconic directors, has fans wondering if he’ll take inspiration from Evangelion or Gundam.

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What to do if you want to lower your apartment rent or avoid paying key money in Japan

And even if the owner won’t budge on the rent, you can still negotiate for some concessions that could save you a ton of cash.

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Japanese dad shares ingenious trick to keep kids (or yourself) from getting bored on the train

As usual, ice cream is the answer to our problems.

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