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

Otaku parenting: Loving mom shocks daughter out of bed cosplay-style

But given Mom’s past cosplay skills, maybe she should have seen this coming.

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Ridiculously awesome cherry blossom bar with sakura pool opening in Tokyo【Photos】

It’s called the Sakura Chill Bar, but it’s got us seriously excited.

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Batman as a samurai ningyo figure is trans-Pacific time-tripping awesomeness

The world’s greatest detective swaps his cowl for a kabuto in tie-up with 208-year-old Tokyo crafting company.

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Video shows off hundreds of beautiful AI-created anime girls in less than a minute【Video】

Powerhouse GAN demonstration even has tech giant Elon Musk applauding its awesomeness.

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Massive menstrual flow character will be Japan’s newest movie star

Seiri-chan is making the leap from manga protagonist to the movie screen, and in a live-action adaptation.

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Museum of poo opening in Japan, has living poo mascot that lays other living poos

Colorful museum’s management promises “photogenic” experience and fun “shit game.”

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Johnnie Walker takes a walk through Japan with beautiful Japan Limited Edition whisky

Special Blue Label is adorned with traditional Japanese symbols of prosperity and happiness.

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Genius-level otaku figures out a way to take a bath with his favorite anime girls every day【Pics】

KanCole superfan upgrades his regular bathtub to an ita-bathtub.

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Japanese breast size study shows rapid growth in previously smallest-busted region of county

Meanwhile, Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto, experiences dramatic downsizing.

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Snowy Japanese sports car shows what happens when Car-senpai notices you【Video】

One of the greatest driver’s cars Japan has ever produced shows its adorable side.

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Japanese poopers show strong enthusiasm for new portable banana toilet【Videos】

Crowdfunding success shows there’s still room for one more in the crowded Japanese toilet marketplace.

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Japanese company will ask your crush out on a date for you if you’re too shy to do it yourself

Deluxe plan costs over 140,000 yen (US$1,260).

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President of Japan’s obligation chocolate king sends personal letter to giri choco-hater Godiva

Things get personal, and sweet, in the latest chapter of the ongoing difference of opinions about a Japanese cultural tradition.

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Super Mario World 1-1 perfectly recreated, animation and all, in Japanese fan’s notebook【Vid】

”I drew Super Mario in my notebook” says amazing artist, but this isn’t any bored-in-class doodle.

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Anti-Valentine’s Day protest march held in Tokyo by Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men【Vid】

Shibuya demonstration also attracts one woman in call to “Crush romantic capitalism!”

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Tokyo has a share house for people who want to be pro gamers, comes furnished with gaming PCs

Live the life in Tokyo while pursuing your dreams of e-sports glory.

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Japanese beauty product prints English backwards on package so women can take better selfies

It looks like a mistake, but the packaging is exactly how the company wants it to be.

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This Smash Bros.-loving cat from Japan is the world’s most adorable gamer【Videos】

Cat joins the battle! Feline fighter frolics with Piranha Plant, other characters from the Nintendo hit.

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Japan’s Whipped Cream Burger is a fistful of sweet dairy and a mouthful of complete honesty

The most decadent, least healthy, and absolute craziest vegetarian burger we’ve ever tried.

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You have One Piece creator’s official permission to have sexy fantasies about his characters

Manga/anime legend Eiichiro Oda muses on the relationship between creators and fans.

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