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

Japanese cosplay comedians perfectly recreate Street Fighter II…if you close your eyes【Video】

Sounds can be deceiving as Ryu battles E. Honda in a fight that’s half laughable, half legitimately amazing.

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Japan’s bonenkai parties are the worst thing about the end of the year. Here’s how to fix them

The most hated forced social activity of the year in Japan could be changed to make everyone happier, Twitter user says.

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This crazy tower in a Japanese park promises a message form aliens, so we went to get one【Travel】

Will our UFO-chasing reporter finally get the answers he’s been looking for since the alien encounter he says he had in high school?

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Believe it or not, those aren’t pantyhose that this woman is wearing

Crazy-thick, amazingly warm tights from Japan look just like a pair of sheer stockings, unless you see them inside out.

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Deep-fried ramen croquettes now exist in Japan, and we are all powerless to resist them

The ramen croquette is here to satisfy all our guilty pleasure hunger food cravings at once.

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Japanese gamer mom wants kids to unlock the achievement of beating a game without Internet guides

OK kids, did you remember to finish your homework, brush your teeth, and smash every pot in the village?

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Disney’s Japanese New Year’s plushies and figures are ready to make oshogatsu cuter than ever

Mickey, Minnie, Pooh, and even Baymax turn into traditional symbols of good luck and the Chinese Zodiac to help ring in 2020.

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The Straw Hat Students are back with a new One Piece Japanese high school anime short【Video】

Is this the most emotional instant ramen ad ever?

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind kabuki play’s rehearsal video is incredible【Video】

Bringing one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most legendary anime films to life is a tall order, but they just might have pulled it off.

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Pikachu is opening his own take-out Pokémon sweets shop in Tokyo!

Too busy for a sit-down meal at the Pokémon Cafe? Let Pikachu help you quickly satisfy your cravings for the sweetest meal of the day!

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Anime company president arrested for taking nude photos of teen girl who wanted to be voice actress

President of Gainax, production company that made Evangelion TV series, allegedly told her “It’s practice for when you become famous.”

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Why do Pokémon Trainers “black out” when they lose a battle? This could be the real reason

Fan has a theory as to why everything goes dark for losing Trainers even though they never get hurt, and it’s pretty convincing.

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Sending naughty kids to bed without dinner may soon be illegal in Japan

Guidelines from ministry say “any corporal punishment, no matter how light, is prohibited.”

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Magic circle wireless charging pads from Japan make juicing up your devices a mystical ceremony

Videos of the awesome gadgets in action that will have people believing you’re a wizard.

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Tokyo’s first vegan Japanese-style convenience store now open in Asakusa

Vegan Store offers vegan bento, onigiri, and more.

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This beautiful, heartwarming winter anime is also a McDonald’s Japan commercial【Video】

Three young women fight off the winter cold with the warmth of friendship and delicious Gurakoro (yes, that’s something McDonald’s sells in Japan).

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Rethinking of gender roles is a “prerequisite” for raising Japan’s birth rate, experts say

Panel says a reevaluation of how much housework and childcare Japanese men should do is necessary for reversing the country’s aging, shrinking population trend.

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Cat kotatsu let your feline friends relax through winter the Japanese way【Photos】

Kitty-sized furniture comes bundled with a huge supply of winter snacks for their human caretakers.

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11 cheapest Tokyo neighborhoods to rent an apartment in show living here’s not an impossible dream

Think every apartment in Japan’s capital is expensive? Think again.

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This is Japan’s oldest curry bread bakery, and it’s awesome【Taste test】

This Tokyo bakery hasn’t changed its curry bread recipe in nearly 100 years, and it doesn’t need to.

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