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

Tokyo’s heaviest/sleepiest drinkers chronicled in Twitter account’s photos and videos

Shibuya never sleeps, but these people who partied there are catching some alcohol-induced Zs.

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“I respect this poo” — Field-testing the stress relieving throwable poo ball from Daiso【Videos】

Ever been so angry you just want to fling your crap at the floor? The 100 yen chain has something for you, and it comes with an inspiring message.

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Japanese idol singers offer bottles of their used bathwater to fans at eye-popping price

Group recommends pouring some into your own tub to make it feel like you’re taking a bath together with the idols.

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Remember: Japanese kombucha is nothing like American kombucha

It’s a tale of two kombuchas as Mr. Sato tries a canned kombucha imported from the U.S. that startles his taste buds and blows his mind.

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Idol singer who was attacked at home removes affiliation with idol group from Twitter profile

As NGT48 announces new concerts, Maho Yamaguchi and three others seem to be distancing themselves from the unit.

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Chocolate hot spring bath opens in Japan, allows swimsuits, mixed-gender bathing

An onsen like no other in the Tokyo area’s premier hot spring resort town.

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Tokyo accessory maker turns Japan’s prefectures into pieces of art to wear around your neck

Beautiful silver series is a subtle way to show off your favorite part of Japan.

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Anime vs. idols? Latest annual otaku survey shows where fans are spending their money

One type of surveyed otaku spends twice as much as almost any other.

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Survey shows Japanese women would love to be getting some chocolate on Valentine’s Day too

New social movement gives rise to a new word: gyaku choco.

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Japanese mom finds kid’s cute rice bowl contains tale of dinosaur infidelity, illegitimate child

Eat up, kids! Also, be aware that sometimes mommies and daddies sleep around.

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“Do you have a lot of money?” Japanese kid crushes day care worker with innocent cruelty

Care provider admits he doesn’t, and the kids aren’t at all surprised.

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Tokyo anime toymaker has the world’s coolest office entrance【Video】

The spirit of anime runs strong through Bandai Spirits’ office culture, where just going to the conference room is a dramatic experience.

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Nintendo announces first-ever dedicated Nintendo shop in Japan, set to open in Tokyo

And, surprise, it’s not coming to video game mecca Akihabara.

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Photographic evidence that the fourth and final new Evangelion anime movie has started production

Director and voice cast of groundbreaking, long-stalled anime franchise gather for formal ceremony.

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How women can shoot down dessert dates before they’re even invited, according to Japanese Twitter

It’s all in how you answer “What kind of sweets do you like?”

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Want free all-you-can-eat sushi in Tokyo? Revolving chain wants your YouTube video in exchange

Grab your camera and your chopsticks, because Kappa Sushi is making an offer you won’t want to refuse.

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How do Japanese husbands show they love their wives? Survey answers include cooking and toilets

Ten ways to say “I love you,” sometimes without saying a single word.

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Why can’t anime heroes dodge the attacks from angry female characters who swing hammers at them?

One of the trope’s pioneers explains why the star of his hit anime can go toe-to-toe with criminals, but gets smacked around by his female partner.

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Japan is too soft on sex offenders, vast majority of survey respondants say

Critics say ordinarily tough-on-crime Japan isn’t tough enough.

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There’s a new Zelda game on the way, and you can help make it, even if you’re not Japanese

Nintendo posts help-wanted ads for staff to work on upcoming Legend of Zelda game, and fluency in Japanese isn’t a requirement.

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