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

Japanese police officer admits he was looking at porn on his phone while suspect escaped lockup

“To serve and protect” gets trumped by “to ogle and leer” as violent-crime suspect slips out of detention center.

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer plans first major photo album with Dragon Ball, One Piece outfits

Enako is ready to take her cosplay act to its biggest stage yet with a brand-new photo collection produced by manga mega-publisher Shueisha.

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We visited Tokyo’s samurai-period style cat cafe, and here’s why you should too【Photos】

The Edo Neko Chaya has a beautiful interior, charming kitties, and a heartwarming mission.

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For the Dragon Ball fan who has everything: A gold super Saiyan Goku pendant with diamond hair

Anime’s most famous martial artist enters his ultimate-bling form, and so does one of his many rivals-turned friends.

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Five lies to help you get out of Japan’s dreaded end-of-the-year office parties

Attending the company’s “forget the year party” is all but required in Japan, but there are ways out, say the people who came up with these five fibs.

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Otaku dating service’s secret to success: Courting guys who’re accepting of boys love

Tora no Ana’s matchmaking parties see an attendance spike as they respond to women who want a boyfriend who’ll leave them alone and let them fangirl out.

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Pokémon movie reboots look to continue with announcement of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

Pokémon’s first movie villain is coming back to theaters this summer.

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And now, the story of a smelly fart on a crowded Japanese commuter train

Poor triangulation skills lead to a heated argument with a surprising solution to the mystery.

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Nine places to take unforgettable social media photos in Japan

From modern art to Shinto shrines, Data analysis group releases its list of top photography spots from 2018.

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Aquarium in Japan encourages guests to call its fish “delicious-looking”

Staff says it takes the audible appreciation of its residents’ imagined flavor as a compliment.

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Your Name’s Makoto Shinkai announces new anime film, reveals title, plot details, release date

Director reveals he got the initial idea for Weathering with You before Your Name was released, is aiming to make a “massively entertaining” movie.

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Japanese news crew “faking” visuals for on-site report gets caught by local, laughed at online

Public broadcaster NHK chose a strange way to show the “waist-deep snow” of this hot spring town in northern Japan.
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Anime-style magic circles summon vocabulary for you in this language-learning app from Japan【Vid】

Free app Spell Master turns you into a linguistic sorcerer.

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Japanese idol’s manager fires back at impatient fans who keep pestering her to stream live video

Kanna Hashimoto is called the “one in a millennium” idol, but her manager is one in a million.

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The granddaddy of yokai anime, Gegege no Kitaro, gets an unexpected salute as it reaches the half-century milestone.

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How do Japanese women feel about going Dutch on a date? Survey investigates, finds gap

Surprising amount say they’re OK with splitting the bill, but numbers might not tell the whole story.

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Tokyo’s fried-chicken cooking robot is here, and here’s a guide to help you use it【Photos】

Mr. Sato puts the culinary skills of Lawson’s Karaage-kun Robo to a taste test.

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The all-new Kyotrain, maybe Japan’s most Japanese train ever, will take you to Kyoto this spring

Beautiful, quick, and inexpensive, there’s no cooler way to get to Kyoto than this.

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Sushi burritos come to Tokyo with the opening of Beeat in Tokyo, and we tried three for ourselves

In the biggest sushi-loving town on the planet, can this unique twist on Japan’s food culture succeed?

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Japanese snack food maker introduces new potato chips…for women!

Specifically women who want to share lovely photos of whatever they’re eating on social media.

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