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

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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Pokémon Lapras appears on streets, in lakes of Miyagi as part of new tourism ambassador role

Gentle giant Pokémon is helping prefecture damaged in Tohoku earthquake and tsunami recover.

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Hayao Miyazaki talks on how working hard isn’t something to be proud of, not forgiving yourself

Says being unable to sleep is “a matter of course” and “people who can easily forgive themselves don’t do very good work.”

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Japan’s most-wanted manga pirate arrested in the Philippines, facing deportation

Government official calls 28-year-old “a risk to public safety and security.”

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Kyoto breakfast buffet with all-you-can-eat sushi: One of the best possible ways to start a day

Rise and shine for this spread of delicious regional specialties and locally grown vegetables that’s offered to hotel guests and non-guests alike.

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The cheapest place to stay in Kyoto cost us just 1,800 yen for the night, and it was awesome

Just because Kyoto is always a popular place to visit doesn’t mean it always has to be expensive.

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Japanese mom keeps cool, lays down hot, hilarious drum beat to scare off cockroach invader【Video】

Mom has no fear, plenty of rhythm.

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Sexy Japanese bikini model Waka Inoue snaps back into shape with dramatic before/after video

After being away from the spotlight for a few years, the busty star wants to regain her physique.

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Final Fantasy VII ditches CDs and goes vinyl for two-record music collection

Both original version and upcoming remake are featured in musical salute to the definitive CD-based RPG video game.

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SoraNews24’s ultra-cheesy Spider-Man fan film has over 100 million views, and we have no idea why

It took years for the Internet to notice our video, but now it’s a global hit, especially in one unexpected country.

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Japan’s Shiba Inu 3-D art glasses get an adorable, necessary upgrade in new version【Photos】

Playful pooches now have their signature fashion accessory.

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Tokyo restaurant serves tapioca bubble tea ramen – Is it crazy good, or just crazy?【Taste test】

Japan’s boba obsession heads into the world of ramen, but is it worth eating? We find out.

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Gorgeous new Pokémon engagement ring features loving Pikachu couple, if you know what to look for

Ordinary people will be none the wiser, but fans will see paired-up Pocket Monsters congratulating them on their upcoming marriage.

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Ramen-covered fried chicken is coming to Japanese convenience stores, and we’re totally ready

Why didn’t anyone think of this before?

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Angry baseball fan in Japan uses his own son as a weapon to attack opposing team’s fan【Video】

Ever been so angry you felt the need to smack someone else with your own kid? No? Then you’re a calmer parent than this guy.

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A dark temptation arrives just in time for the summer sunshine.

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Naughty anime tentacles are on their way to Japanese capsule toy machines – in six cute colors!

Manufacturer promises “many ways to play with them.”

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Beautiful, spongy soft modern Japanese sandals give you geta style without the traditional pain

A clever update to Japan’s traditional footwear that you can pare with kimono or Western clothing.

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This is Japan’s oldest tempura restaurant, and it’s awesome

Its founder started out with a street-side food stall in Japan’s samurai era, and his restaurant is still serving customers in Tokyo today.

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