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

Katana that shoot flames are real in amazing Japanese artist’s video series【Videos】

Swords that slash with arcs of fire are possible in real life, and awesome.

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Makoto Shinkai fixes “shocking” visual mistake for Weathering with You’s Blu-ray release

If you ever needed proof that the director of Your Name is a visual perfectionist, this is it.

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What would Dragon Quest look like in real life? Fan’s Slime travel photo series shows us【Photos】

Come on, Slime! We’re going for a walk.

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“Oh, is that so?” says Kyoto Animation arsonist when told how many people he killed

Admits that his goal was to kill as many as possible.

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Terrace House season cancelled, removed from streaming service after Hana Kimura’s death

Decision comes after suspended broadcast of new episodes following reality program star’s apparent suicide.

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Animal Crossing fan recreating all of Ghibli’s Spirited Away in New Horizons, and it’s incredible

Masterpieces from Nintendo and Studio Ghibli go together amazingly well, photos show.

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Kyoto Animation comments on arsonist arrest: “Our friends whose lives were taken won’t come back”

Stricken studio wants maximum penalties pursued.

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Tokyo Tower reopens after coronavirus closure, but now you have to take the stairs 150 meters up

Uniquely beautiful views of the city and a cardio workout like no other.

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Lawyers say Japanese video game ban for kids violates constitution, call for abolition

Game over for Kagawa Prefecture’s anti-video game ordinance?

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Pikachu-shaped electric shock-flavor gummies are coming to Japan!

Pokémon mascot stuffs his chubby cheeks with the snacks in adorable video.

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Got a collection of anime clear files? Then you need these super-cheap frames from Japan’s Nitori

Otaku have fallen in love with the affordable solution to a frustrating problem.

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Kyoto Animation arsonist to be finally placed under arrest for July attack that killed 36

Nearly a year after the tragic deaths of dozens of anime creators, the man responsible will finally begin facing justice.

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No screaming on roller coasters, please, say Tokyo Disneyland, other Japanese amusement parks

Amusement park association wants quiet thrill rides, no hugs as part of post-coronavirus closure reopenings.

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Creative Japanese office installs awesome full-size vending machine made out of cardboard【Video】

Japan has a lot vending machines, but there’s only one like this.

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Sushi tacos now on sale in Japan — Can this cross-cultural cuisine please our biggest taco fan?

After falling in love with tacos in Mexico, our taste tester tests the newest outside-the-box idea from Sushiro.

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A creepy new wrinkle to Japan’s chikan train groper schemes, and how to counter it

If you’re not sure if that old man is really in need of assistance, you don’t have to be the one to help.

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Today is the original tsundere’s birthday, and her manga, Kimagure Orange Road is free online

Take a trip back to Bubble Era ’80s Japan and the series where the tsundere archetype started.

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Cancelled your trip to climb Mt. Fuji? Build the mountain yourself with an awesome papercraft kit

No one is climbing Mt. Fuji this year, but everyone can recreate the symbol of Japan in their home.

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The time has come for us to eat Japanese squirrel hot pot【SoraKitchen】

Today’s recipe comes from Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido and the traditional culture of the Ainu people.

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We make nori seaweed mayo toast, just like Mama Hatori used to make!【SoraKitchen】

An ultra-easy bit of home cooking makes our reporter nostalgic for something he’s never eaten before.

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