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

Cherry blossom forecast 2020 released! Sakura season shifts to new start time in Tokyo this year

Japan’s beautiful cherry blossoms are on their way, but not at the same time as usual, according to predicted dates and map.

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Japan’s worst Amazon deliveryman caught in the act【Video】

Terrible customer service, pretty decent arm strength.

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Japanese company that will quit your job for you sees rush of clients to start 2020

A lot of Japanese people said hello to the new year by saying goodbye to their old job, with a team of lawyers ready to handle the awkward situation for them.

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Busting one of the biggest myths about the five-yen coin and shrine offerings in Japan

You may have heard giving a certain amount of money will win you favor with the gods, but a very high authority says otherwise.

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When is it OK to take a naked hot spring bath with your Japanese girlfriend/boyfriend?

The onsen trip: as beloved a relationship milestone as Christmas Eve and Valentine’s Day, but how long do you have to date before you bathe together?

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It’s under 9,000 (yen)! Testing out luck with the Dragon Ball figure lucky bag【Photos】

All we knew was that the bag contained Dragon Ball anime figures, and that was all we needed to know.

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Japan finalizes life imprisonment sentence for Shinkansen murderer

Man who slashed random bullet train passengers cheered as his sentence was handed down.

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Tokyo food budget savior: All-you-can eat yakiniku, every night for less than four bucks

Japan’s most popular yakiniku chain has an unbelievable deal that makes it seem crazy to eat anywhere else.

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Starbucks Japan made an exclusive five-green tea blend for its new Hojicha Frappuccino

The coffeehouse shows it knows a thing or two (or five) about teas too with its newest roasted green tea dessert drinks.

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Multiple Tengas are just part of the high-value package.

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Man hangs himself outside of Japan’s busiest train station

Suicide is the latest to occur in public view at downtown Tokyo rail hub.

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Do Japanese people think all those anime characters REALLY have blue, pink, and green hair?

Creator of Sword Art Online asks fans to answer a question that’s often brushed aside in the anime world, with some surprising results.

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Is work more important to Japanese salarymen than their girlfriends? Survey investigates

”Which is more important, your job, or me?”

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Tokyo’s biggest street party spot bans public drinking on New Year’s Eve

Site of Tokyo’s liveliest street parties, and most embarrassing drunken mayhem, will be a soft drink-only space on New Year’s Eve.

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Can the powers of the Tokyo area’s literal money-laundering shrine make us rich? We find out

Our latest get-rich-quick scheme takes us to a Shinto shrine in Kamakura with an 835-year history.

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10 tips to remember for your first trip to izakaya, Japan’s awesome traditional pubs【Video】

Suntory’s for-foreigners video has plenty of great info, and we’ve got a few things to add.

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Dating simulator girlfriends reject human boyfriends’ kisses due to game/heartbreaking bug

LovePlus error turns fans into losers in the game of love.

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Japan’s awesomely adorable cat pseudo-currency is actually usable at one very special place【Pics】

Available in 100, 500, and 1,000-yen denominations.

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Pokémon/Mister Donut lucky bag is this year’s can’t-miss fukubukuro exclusive merch collection

No matter which of the possibilities are inside, there’s no way fans of Pokémon, or donuts, will be walking away disappointed.

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Japan Airlines giving foreign travelers 100,000 free round-trip tickets during the Tokyo Olympics

JAL wants visitors from overseas to see more than just Tokyo during the Tokyo Summer Games.

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