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

Using Final Fantasy’s Buster Sword to cut your wedding cake is the best way to start married life

Cosplayer’s wedding video has Final Fantasy VII weaponry and music, feels like a romantic RPG cutscene.

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23rd-generation Shiba Inu quiz dog to make TV debut, Japan collectively goes “Daaaaaw!”

Mamesuke XXIII is ready to carry on the proud name of his nearly two dozen predecessors.

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Oldest manuscript of the world’s oldest novel, The Tale of Genji, found in Tokyo【Photos】

Hand-written by a master calligrapher, the manuscript is approximately 800 years old.

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3 rules to make you a more productive writer, from Japanese novelist who wrote 25 books in 8 years

Oh, and he did it all while also being a practicing doctor.

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East Japan Railway abolishes skirts, ribbons in women’s uniforms to “eliminate gender difference”

JR East uniforms updated for first time in over a decade.

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How did samurai swords and armor change over time?【Part 1】【Photos】

Samurai fought on the field of battle for a thousand years, and during that time their arms and armor went through a fascinating evolution.

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You can now turn your smartphone into a Pokémon Pokédex thanks to Bandai【Photos】

Case gives your phone the look of iconic anime technology.

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New Zelda game’s old cheat teaches Japanese kid a valuable lesson about actions and consequences

Eye-opening Link’s Awakening Easter egg shocks boy, shows it only takes a moment to do something bad that will damage your reputation forever.

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Kyoto Animation arsonist begins physical therapy, regains ability to speak

No longer bedridden, doctors plan to help him learn to walk again.

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Please enjoy this video of the world’s cutest tailgating car, filmed in Japan【Video】

Headlight trick makes it look like it’s saying “Notice me, car senpai!”, but it’s actually its automotive kohai that this Mazda is chasing after.

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Japan’s chocolate toilets are disturbingly delicious【Photos】

Toilet maker Toto’s strange souvenirs are giving us a rumbling in our tummies.

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Did Studio Ghibli create anime’s most skillful lady-killer of all time?

”This guy’s got some mad game” says our reviewer, who watched the Hayao Miyazaki classic for the first time at the age of 30.

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Fate/stay night and Axe body spray partner up in attempt to make anime fans smell nice

When Fate fans find themselves sweating with excitement, Axe wants to be their humble servant.

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Another Kyoto Animation employee passes away, brings arson death toll to 36

Almost three months after the fire, attack claims another victim’s life.

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Tokyo senior citizen steals 159 bicycle seats in bizarre revenge plot【Video】

When life hands you lemons, give lemons to as many other people as possible?

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Come on, Costco! Sell your Japan-exclusive kabayaki marinade salmon in the U.S. too!

Costco Japan adapts a traditional unagi recipe to salmon, and it should let the U.S. market taste it too.

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This just might be the best affordable hotel breakfast buffet in all of Japan【Photos】

Business hotel makes breakfast a pleasure with morning cutlets, hot pot, and miso.

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Free Sailor Moon condoms to be given out by Japanese government

The next time you’re thinking of having sex, think of Sailor Moon.

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Tokyo tapioca tea takeover continues with a new massive boba drink stand in Shibuya【Photos】

Mr. Sato refuses to back down from gigantic sweet tea challenges.

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What’s the best part of Tokyo to live in, and why? Survey gives the top six picks

Three in the suburbs, and three in downtown.

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