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

First coronavirus death in Japan confirmed by Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

Victim had never traveled outside of Japan.

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Our ladylike, solo visit to the handsome butler cage of Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood【Photos】

Swallowtail offers not just good-looking guys, but an elegant home away from home.

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Sailor Moon on ice! Skater Evgenia Medvedeva appears in costume for first official ice show【Pics】

Adaptation of magical girl anime/manga has a VERY international cast.

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Coca-Cola’s hot canned shrimp bisque: The newest reason Japanese vending machines are awesome

Just when we thought Japanese vending machines couldn’t get any more awesome, we’re happy to be proven wrong.

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Can you solve this crazy difficult, super satisfying math puzzle from a Japanese middle schooler?

Strap on your thinking caps, because there are 20 blanks to fill in, and only one way to do it right.

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Make-it-yourself mask technique gets new interest as coronavirus fears cause shortage in Japan

Tokyo police’s tip is quick and easy, but may or may not provide any real protection against the virus.

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Japan’s one-person bento box-sized rice cooker can give you freshly cooked rice at the office

High-speed cooking gadget is also great for those living the single life.

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The bigger they are… Smallest top sumo wrestler takes on yokozuna with amazing result【Video】

Grand champion Hakuho had a 59-kilogram (130-pound), 34-centimeter (9.4-inch) advantage on his opponent.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake cafe opens in Tokyo, and we stop by for Cloud and Sephiroth mocktails!

Edible Buster Swords, Materia dumplings, and Moogle desserts are all on offer at Square Enix’s rebooted Akihabara eatery.

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Controversial My Hero Academia character gets new name, comes with risk of yet another controversy

Critics said “Maruta Shiga” was a reference to human experimentation during World War II, but some see the same problem in his new name.

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Media watchdog BPO said some surprising things about monster brothel anime Interspecies Reviewers

Controversial anime divided opinions even within Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization.

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After eight years as a NEET, our reporter shares the one thing that helped him escape that life

How to turn that blank in your resume into the inspiring story of your life so far.

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Tasty food providing comfort for coronavirus quarantined cruise ship passengers stuck in Japan

Three small bright spots a day as travelers cope with two weeks confined to ship.

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Disney sushi? An adorable new way to celebrate Japan’s Girl’s Day/Doll Festival

From “Mic-key, Mouse!” to “Hin-a Ma, tsuri!”

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Japan’s “workstyle reforms” are actually making managers’ jobs a lot harder【Survey】

Less overtime for some workers means more for others if no one’s changing how much total work needs to be done.

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Mitsubishi’s solution for stressed office workers in Japan: fake skylight video displays

Simulated sky slice might actually be better suited for a different environment, though.

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Kyoto tourist crowds disappearing due to coronavirus outbreak, creating travel crisis/opportunity

Local shopkeeper says drop in tourist traffic is most dramatic in over 30 years.

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Japan Ninja Council produces first-ever official hotel room in Tokyo’s Ueno

Spacious eight-person room makes a perfect base for shinobi missions in Tokyo, but passing up sushi counter room is a hard choice.

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Monster girl brothel anime Interspecies Reviewers’ Tokyo TV broadcast cancelled

Series about buying companionship in a fantasy world continues to lose business friends.

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My Hero Academia creator, publisher make official apologies for controversial character name

Critics say “Maruta Shiga” is a reference to human experimentation in Japan-occupied China.

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