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

Yu-Gi-Oh! creator apologizes for drawing charters making political statements ahead of elections

Doesn’t back away from accusation that Japan’s currently in-power politicians are “betraying the country” though.

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Kyoto has a shrine that’s supposed to make you rich, so our reporter Mai tested its power

With blessed money and a blessed wallet, is Mai about to strike it rich?

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Pokémon and One Piece team up, give Luffy’s hat to Pikachu for special earthquake relief project

Pokémon GO promotion aims to bring travelers to the hometown of One Piece’s creator.

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Tokyo man arrested for underwear theft after instant, raging attraction to another man

Says victim was “a totally hot dude.”

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Japanese drink vending machine capsule toys: A must-have for recreating Japan in miniature

Scale-size recreations of Japan’s ever-present drink machines dispense their own tiny model cans.

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Otaku lie down in the streets of Tokyo to be comforted by beautiful anime mom【Photos】

Foreign bystanders startled as otaku bypass waifus for mama.

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All Japanese customers banned from restaurant…in Japan?!?

Ramen chef has had it with rude customers from his own country, so he’s cast them out of his noodle paradise.

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Testing Japan’s stick-on, mask-your-pooping-sound speakers against our coworker’s butt【Video】

When Go takes a dump, everyone in the office knows, but can a team of “sound princesses” solve the dilemma?

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This is what a 8,500-yen (US$76) Tokyo bento beef boxed lunch looks like【Taste test】

Tokyo’s newest gourmet bento shop is open, and our stomachs (and wallet) are ready.

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Looking for a hotel in Japan? Skip the ryokan and stay in this castle instead!

Seaside stronghold in Nagasaki is looking for guests, and might let you stay for free.

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Bitter otaku takes sweet vengeance by dragging hated anime villain behind his car

It’s been several years since one of modern anime’s greatest betrayals, but otaku heartache lingers, and must be treated with merciless road rash.

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Starbucks Japan’s first-ever white peach Frappuccino is ready to kickstart the summer fun

New dessert drink promises to recreate the joy of biting into a ripe, juicy peach.

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Here’s what happens if an otaku holds on to 30 years of issues of Japan’s biggest manga magazine

This superfan will never be short of reading material.

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Kyoto tea merchant’s matcha parfait ice cream bars: The desserts we’ve been waiting 187 years for

Japanese-style parfaits you can eat with one hand will have you wishing you had five.

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Dudes get killed in the newest Hello Kitty anime【Video】

The Hello Kitty/Gundam crossover seems to have no interest in toning down the violence of a mecha war in space.

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You can buy, and eat, a grilled sparrow on the streets of Kyoto, so we did【Taste test】

A local Kyoto recipe like no other.

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Yoshinoya sells frozen beef bowl topping packs, but are they as good as the restaurant kind?

We taste test both offerings from Japan’s gyudon god, and find a key difference.

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Japan’s semi-functional air conditioner capsule toys promise to help us cope with the summer heat

Some assembly, possibly imagination, required.

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There’s a serial crapper stinking up Tokyo’s Akihabara by pooping on the street

Local merchants, and their noses, are offended by the months-long string of piles of vandalism in Japan’s otaku mecca.

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Pikachu and Mew have got your back with new Pokémon backpacks that have to be caught, not bought

A soft and cuddly salute to the Pokémon franchise’s first CG anime movie.

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