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

Sakura isn’t cherry?!? Starbucks Japan release the Sakura Cherry Frappuccino, and we try it

Starbucks gives us a delicious reminder that sakura sweets are different from cherry ones.

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Anime Japan, Tokyo’s biggest anime industry convention, cancelled due to coronavirus fears

Four-day event completely scrubbed for 2020.

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Monster girl brothel anime finally makes a friend as it finds new broadcast partner in Japan

Interspecies Reviewers has been kicked off multiple networks in Japan, but now it’s found one that’s welcoming it with open arms.

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“Single women only” say rules for anime voice actress auditions for new Love Live! series

No married women allowed, but 15-year-olds are A-OK.

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Idol group will fine fans who come to event without masks, but many don’t buy coronavirus excuse

There’s a hole in the logic of the plan that’s supposedly meant to block germs.

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“Drinkable soft serve ice cream” in bottles to go on sale in Japan

A brilliant idea and suddenly the only thing we want to drink.

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Street fight breaks out in Japan’s second-largest city between shoppers wanting to buy masks【Vid】

Coronavirus-sparked shortage leads to early-morning violence.

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Crazy photo shows how Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station can be as confusing as a video game dungeon

If it’s your first time going through Japan’s busiest train station, this “helpful” sign might not make things much easier.

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Eat like a treacherous samurai! Kyoto restaurant recreates a real-life warlord’s favorite food

Genuine samurai chow served in an actual samurai home.

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Japan has a cat real estate agency, where every apartment lets you and your kitty live together!

No need to ask “Are pets OK?” as long as your pet is a cat.

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Brain-breaking optical illusion from Japan is a lie within a lie, truly amazing【Video】

Animation is the art of tricking the eye, but this is one trick we never would have noticed.

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Disney knows what yokai are, teaches Japanese vocabulary word to Donald Duck【Video】

Kappa and kasa obake are among the creatures menacing Donald and his feathered friends.

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Love Live! character with controversial skirt to continue as orange spokesperson, petitioner says

Change.org petition organizer says agricultural group has pledged their continued support to the anime schoolgirl idol.

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Could this be the secret to get Americans to actually like natto (Japanese fermented soy beans)?

Japanese online commenters react with “BLEGH” and vomiting ASCII art.

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Pikachu now has an afro of cherry blossoms, and you can eat it【Photos】

Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe reveals springtime sakura dessert, Gigantamax entrees.

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Majority of surveyed Japanese workers have dated a coworker, over 20 percent their boss or senpai

Office romance most likely to bloom for younger workers in survey.

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Chinese people hand out free surgical masks in Japan as coronavirus outbreak continues【Video】

As Japan suffers through nationwide mask shortage, people in one of its biggest cities are offered some for free.

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Manga artist makes rare move of taking paternity break, some wonder if he was actually a woman

Come for the heartwarming story of a famous artist actually getting time off to spend with family, stay for the weird Japanese linguistics lesson!

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You can now eat this anime girl who’s an anthropomorphized dessert in real-life Tokyo

Crazy concept video game Food Fantasy completes the cycle from taiyaki to Taiyaki to Taiyaki taiyaki.

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Japanese vending machines now have the strangest thing we never knew we needed: hot bottled water

We had our reasons to be suspicious, but it turns out this is a great idea.

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