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

Japan’s gothic lolita fashion rental shop gives our reporter her first taste of lolita life【Pics】

Dozens of options and delivery to your door lower the entry barrier for first-timers.

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Why this centuries’ old Shinto shrine is suddenly also a hot spot for anime fan art【Photos】

Whether you call it Demon Slayer or Kimetsu no Yaiba, Kamado Shrine is the place to go for fans of the hit anime/manga.

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Japanese police officers turn police box into their own little love hotel, do it instead of duty

Late-night shifts, nothing to do, and a bed just sitting there.

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Six-button Switch! Japanese gadget company turns Nintendo’s console into retro arcade controller

A throwback solution to a modern problem with the Nintendo system.

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Coronavirus changes how Tokyo shrine handles centuries’ old purification process for visitors

Priests fear traditional custom could lead to infection, provide modern alternative.

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Handsome Japanese cosplayer finds renewing driver’s license hard after huge transformation【Pics】

Before/after comparison shows it’s tough to get a new ID when the new you doesn’t look like the old you.

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Japanese drugstore prohibits transforming into other people during coronavirus panic

Also asks that mask buyers refrain from suddenly developing a need for eyeglasses.

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Suicide rates for Japanese women/overall population reach historic low, with troubling exception

A decade of mental health improvement for almost everybody, but the “almost” part shows there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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Hundreds of Jump anime episodes now free to watch online in coronavirus countermeasure campaign

The heroes of One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto, and more are all here to keep you company as you keep yourself safe from the coronavirus.

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An edible DIY Japanese rock garden is what we all need to stay sane while working from home【Pics】

Soothing to look at and delicious to taste, this is our newest home office amenity.

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Sakura Oreos set to blossom in Japan this spring and fill our hearts/stomachs with happiness

Two very Japanese Japan-exclusive flavors added to cookie lineup.

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VR cherry blossom parties: 360-degree video series provides beauty, dates for those stuck indoors

If your Japan travel plans fell through due to coronavirus, or you’re here but stuck inside, these gorgeous videos are the next best hanami option.

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Beautiful Magikarp necklaces show your Pokémon-loving lover you’re in it for the long haul【Pics】

Japanese accessory maker sees the true beauty of the Water-type Pokémon, and knows that good things come from commitment.

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Japanese prefectural government passes video game ban limiting kids’ daily play, smartphone time

Oh, but of course they’re allowed to continue studying until any time of night.

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Robot noodle chef starts working in Tokyo train station, serves up taste of the future【Video】

Our resident noodle expert tries out the robo soba.

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Vegan hamburger steak rice bowls added to over 1,900 convenience stores in Tokyo

Family Mart wants people who don’t want to eat animal products to have something to eat too.

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Hideo Kojima thinks there’s a better way to spend your coronavirus free time than playing games

Director of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding recommends putting down the analog sticks in order to do something else as you hunker down at home.

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What if One Piece was a girls’ comic? Shojo manga artist produces character redesign【Pics】

Yoko Maki comes out of retirement to reimagine Luffy as the only boy at an all-girls high school.

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Ghibli Museum extends coronavirus closure, gives new scheduled reopening date and other good news

Totoro misses you too, but at least he’s letting us know when we can start buying tickets again.

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Best telecommuting option ever? Seven hours in private room at gourmet Tokyo/Kyoto restaurants

Why ride a packed train to the office when you can work in luxurious seclusion while dining on sukiyaki?

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