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

Overly honest Japanese cocktail ad about the effects of getting drunk gets criticized online

The message is accurate, but that doesn’t mean it’s right, critics say.

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Japanese school has ridiculous reason for not letting cold schoolgirl wear tights under her skirt

Mom suspects staff might just be a bunch of perverts.

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Japanese parliament descends into utter chaos, shouting match over proposed water law【Video】

Move to allow private companies to handle public water supply has politicians fired up, supporters unwilling to communicate as dissenter shouts “No! No! No! No! No!”

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Idol draws such massive crowds at Tokyo college that police can’t guarantee safety【Video】

When once-in-a-millennium idol Kanna Hashimoto is stopping by, crowd control in a must.

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Fruits Basket’s brand-new complete anime adaptation has a touching new preview video

Tohru and the Sohma boys are back for the faithful adaptation of the original manga, but why didn’t this happen the first time?

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Fried chicken-cooking robot to start working at Japanese convenience store

Forget Gundam. This is Japan’s greatest robotic feat.

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Amazing pics from Kyoto/Nara “bullet tour” show no matter how tight your schedule, you should go

Breathtaking images from a skilled photographer show that even one day in Japan’s former capitals is enough for unforgettable beauty.

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Foreigner investigated for truck-flipping thought it’d be OK since “Japan is crazy at Halloween”

When gauging appropriateness in a foreign land, using a drunken mob as your baseline is usually a bad idea.

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Four men arrested for Tokyo Halloween mayhem, 11 more, including foreigners, under investigation

Tokyo Metropolitan Police continue to gather evidence against those involved in flipping truck on streets on Shibuya.

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Rumiko Takahashi returns! Creator of Inu-Yasha, Ranma 1/2 announces new manga serial

After four decades of hits, one year off was apparently enough for the legendary manga star.

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Swiss-raised Japanese woman points out fundamental difference in Japanese, western communication

What’s obvious for some is far less so for others, and can lead to frustration when the listener doesn’t get the speaker’s message.

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Downtown Tokyo set to open its most important train station in 50 years, and now it has a name

Did the planners take our readers’ suggestion for the new Yamanote Line stop?

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Fed-up Japanese city hires a hawk to chase occupying army of crows away from city hall【Videos】

Matsuyama has a difficult bird problem, but now it has an awesome bird solution.

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Donald Trump will probably be the first foreign leader to meet with Japan’s new emperor

State visit likely to occur in late spring/early summer of next year.

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Japanese cops called in to break up drunken brawl by other Japanese cops who were drunk

Multiple crimes committed during coworkers alcohol-fueled dinner.

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A visit to Tokyo’s fanciest coffeehouse for a 16,200 yen (US$143) bottle of coffee【Pics】

This Ginza cafe treats its coffee like fine wine, so we sent Mr. Sato to sample a vintage.

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Pager service is finally ending in Japan, but how many people still use them?

Country’s last-remaining pager company announces it’s shutting down its service, but users still have a couple more months to say their good-byes.

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Super-disturbing whole-roasted Pikachu pastry made by overly talented fan chef【Photos】

Maximum points for accuracy to the Pokémon source material, zero points for cuteness.

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The results are in from our one million-yen stack of Japanese lottery tickets! So, are we rich?

”I did it!” says our reporter, but what was “it?”

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