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

Haneda Airport’s awesome sea bream ramen restaurant is the perfect way to end your trip in Japan

Make Japan even harder to leave by finishing your vacation with one of the most unique, satisfying ramen meals in Tokyo.

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Clear near beer is here! We taste test Japan’s new zero-alcohol, zero-color brew【Taste test】

Suntory wants us to drink its new All-Free All-Time at work, so that’s just what we did.

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One Piece manga creator’s joke about World War II soldier prompts official apology from publisher

Anime/manga legend Eiichro Oda’s joke about fried chicken touches a raw historical nerve.

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McDonald’s Japan offering Calpis shakes this summer with new-and-improved recipe

Yogurt-like beverages combine McDonald’s shake know-how with one of Japan’s favorite summertime flavors.

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Anthropomorphized menstrual cycle is Japan’s newest comic book star

Seiri-chan is a heartwarmingly absurd manga for the modern period.

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Pet rabbit celebrates Japan’s World Cup victory by humping Pokémon’s Charmander【Video】

Sudden exuberance following soccer win draws praise for vigor and speed.

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Japanese soccer fans’ awesome manners are spreading to another country at World Cup

Following victory by Japan, Colombian fans take part in a Japanese tradition.

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Tokyo’s Shibuya goes crazy as soccer fans celebrate Japan’s historic World Cup victory【Videos】

Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing never misses a chance to party, but the massive seas of humanity had an extra-special reason this time.

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Loving Japanese son accidentally feeds dog snacks to his family on Father’s Day

Satisfied diners say the food was “delicious.”
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Foreign exchange student punches Japanese basketball referee, victim won’t press charges【Video】

Vicious attack that required 10 stitches is followed by startlingly kind gesture of forgiveness.

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Tokyo miracle hairstylist returns with new geek-to-chic video, plus how to have him cut your hair

Want the Japanese Internet’s favorite hairstylist to transform your hairdo? Here’s how to make an appointment.

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Japanese train company under fire for ad saying defenselessness is a form of femininity

Pairing statement with a picture of a young girl didn’t help.

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Drinking party breaks out on Tokyo Station platform as Shinkansen delay strands travelers

Booze fans pass the time in a quintessentially Japanese way, while their younger counterparts opt for a more athletic method.

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McDonald’s Japan’s new spicy McNuggets promise to punch you in the face with spiciness

”Extra-extra spicy” and “extra-extra kind” dipping sauces also unveiled.

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Coca-Cola’s new limited-edition Japan travel destination bottles highlight history and culture

Company breaks with tradition by letting Nagoya Castle bottle shine in gold.

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Shinkansen stabbing suspect tells police he will commit another crime if released from prison

Police treating attack that left one dead, two injured as premeditated.

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Six ways to avoid looking like an “idiot” when shopping at Japanese convenience stores

Help keep Japan’s convenience stores convenient by learning and following these six Japanese etiquette points.

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Japanese anime girl virtual YouTuber also speaks perfect English!【Video】

Virtual idol Sakura Fujima stands out from the pack with a voice that sounds familiar…

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Japan’s most beautiful idol singer faces, with AKB48 barely cracking the top 10【Survey】

One idol group dominates the poll by taking all five top slots.

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Japan’s second-largest convenience store chain changes service policy for sake of foreign workers

Family Mart relaxes customer service rules in recognition of clerks who aren’t native Japanese speakers, also allows dyed hair.

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