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

Giant, house-sized Starbucks Mug appears in Tokyo, so Mr. Sato grabs own huge mug to check it out

The man behind the Internet’s giant Starbucks mug meme drinks from a jumbo mug inside a jumbo mug.

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Does Daiso’s crazy 100-yen Face Trainer really make you more beautiful? We find out【Experiment】

A glut of GIFs chronicle our reporter’s journey as he makes himself look weird in an effort to also make himself look handsome.

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Mr. Sato rocks a 40-year-old vintage Japanese outfit with a heart-melting backstory【Photos】

There’s a feel-good reason for our crack reporter looking this good.

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Japanese company officially bans employees from licking fingers when handling papers or money

Keep your saliva in your mouth, not on things other people are going to touch, taxi company says.

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Demolition work begins on Kyoto Animation’s arson-ravaged studio

Workers begin gutting interior of Fushimi anime studio in preparation of tearing down its frame.

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Wannabe science fiction writer graffitis centuries-old Kyoto temple for extremely weird reason

Baffling justification still gets him arrested.

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The pope gets idol singer treatment in Japan with anime-style happi coat and official goods【Vid】

Pope-tan!

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Overworked Japan celebrated Labor Day on a Saturday this year

Enjoy your day off…which you would have had anyway!

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Ultimate way to treat otaku ashes: Cremation into a pencil?

Japanese artist explains why turning your ashes into a pencil is a better choice than turning them into a diamond.

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Manga about 40-something man’s relationship with daughter’s schoolgirl friend sparks controversy

Major publisher’s promotion of Musume no Tomodachi has some saying the company is encouraging an illegal relationship with a minor.

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X Japan’s Yoshiki’s birthday party gets extra-special with a surprise visit from Barack Obama

J-rock legend hangs out with the 44th president of the United States at birthday bash in California.

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KFC Japan is heart-warming and finger-licking good with new food donation program for poor kids

Becomes first major restaurant chain in Japan to provide cooked food to “children’s cafeteria” facilities.

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Young Japanese men say paying for dates is the hardest part of life as a guy【Survey】

But a different mental burden takes over the top spot as they get older.

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Trouble with stalkers? Japanese moving company offers discount to musicians trying to escape fans

Multiple music-related scenarios earn band members cheaper bills.

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Mega meat noodles in Tokyo: 2.6 pounds of meat, one bowl of soba, no regrets【Video】

An extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-large order.

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15 tons of sweet potatoes stolen in rural Japan, criminal crew may be targeting spuds

Farmer didn’t bother to lock the door to his storehouse, because who steals sweet potatoes?

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Clown-masked stalker spotted multiple times in Japan’s Osaka Prefecture, still at large

Clowns are always scary, but especially when they’re following kids and women at night.

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Best Secret of Mana fan art ever? Jaw-dropping project took over a year, 150,000 beads【Photos】

And, naturally, the combined strength of three heroes.

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Nintendo Tokyo, Nintendo’s first ever dedicated shop in Japan, opens–here’s the awesome merch!

A massive photo safari of the treasure trove of amazing stuff waiting at Nintendo’s brand-new Shibuya destination store!

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We attend one of Japan’s most important press conferences this year, dressed as Vegeta【Photos】

We send Dragon Ball’s anime prince to listen to important businessmen talk about important business stuff.

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