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

Nothing can make us wish we were kids again harder than this Totoro Catbus rocking horse【Pics】

Luckily there’s still one way for grown-up Studio Ghibli anime fans to enjoy it.

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Awesome cosplay tip lets you create an anime power barrier without using any CG whatsoever

Anime itself may have gone all-digital, but you can still use amazing practical effects as the finishing touch for your cosplay photos.

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Videos of cat and hamster taking adorable cuddly naps together melt Japan’s hearts【Videos】

Hunting instincts lose out to fluffiness and mutual friendship.

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Tailors to Queen of England design ultra-luxurious Gundam cosplay outfit with jaw-dropping price

Savile Row suit maker recreates anime villain Char’s military uniform, and it costs far more than three times what a normal cosplay costume does.

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Japanese garbage man challenges coworker to literal bladed duel following workplace argument

Tells police odd mix of courtesy and violence was “the only way” to settle their differences.

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Cover commanding Japan “stop staring at smartphones and read a book” doesn’t really hate tech

Contents are actually an ironic jab at Japan’s holier-than-though critics of digital media consumption.

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Shogun arrested in Japan for being a peeping Tom

Months-long investigation ends with police officers taking Shogun Kigawa into custody after he fails to resist his fetish for peeing women.

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Japan continues to make pooping cute with adorable Shiba Inu toilet paper covers

Adding a touch of canine cuteness to the homes of housebroken doggy lovers.

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“But she looked 13!” is no excuse in the eyes of the Japanese law, 40-something man learns

Nagoya man arrested after crossing prefectural lines to perform illicit act with elementary school student.

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Wedding ceremonies with handsome anime men now being offered at Akihabara VR center

Slip on a headset and let one of three handsome dating simulator stars slip a ring on your finger.

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New illustrated Studio Ghibli folding fans: A beautiful way to deal with Japan’s summertime heat

Totoro, Jiji, and No Face are here to provide a cool breeze as you set out on warm-weather adventures of your own.

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Actresses and employees from Japan’s most prominent adult film distributor staff bar where customers won’t mind the lack of seats.

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81-year-old Japanese man leaps into river to save drowning 86-year-old woman

Because you’re never too old to be a hero.

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Salaryman gives drunk female coworker a ride home, gets beaten into unconsciousness for it

Aftermath of company drinking session proves no good deed goes unpunished.

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Japanese senior citizens, 63 and 71 years old, arrested for sickle-armed street fight

“Old enough to know better” loses out to “old enough to just not care” as two seniors slice each other with same weapon.

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Cheki meshi: The deliciously delusional way Japanese idol fans eat with their favorite singers

Japanese idol singers usually have a no-romance clause in their contracts, so fans hoping for a dinner date have to get creative.

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Visionary itasha design gives us a glimpse of what might become the newest trend for anime cars

An amazingly simply but cool idea to really help your itasha anime characters’ eyes “pop.”

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Japan’s master knife maker returns with a razor-sharp blade made out of plastic wrap【Video】

Possibly the world’s first knife where the soft grip wrapping and slicing edge are made of the same thing.

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Even Japanese people are frightened by the concealed anger in Kyoto compliment foreigner received

African-born president of Kyoto Seika University was told his parties sounded fun, but there was a hidden meaning.

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Japanese bug spray maker shows it cares with packaging option with no pictures of gross roaches

When you stop and think about it, putting pictures of cockroaches on a product for people who hate them is kind of a weird strategy.

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