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

Shakey’s Japan releases Mojo Potato recipe to keep home cooks happy during coronavirus outbreak

A delicious social distancing strategy.

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IOC President is “in 100-percent agreement” with Japan’s proposal to postpone Tokyo Olympics

Also agrees with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proposal to have the Games by next summer at the latest.

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Domino’s offers sakura videos, free second pizzas to get Japan to do cherry blossom parties at home

A subdued sakura season is a sad turn of events for Japan, but free pizza always puts a smile on people’s faces.

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Beautiful anime fantasy mom is now teaching Japanese people how to speak English

Fans of Do You Love Your Mom? Will learn how to say “You may not look at me in the nude” as part of new textbook.

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Video shows final moment for Harajuku Station as Tokyo landmark closes after 96 years in service

Farewell, Harajuku Station…and hello, Harajuku Station!

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposes postponing Tokyo Olympics for up to one year

Reported conference call asks IOC to change Tokyo 2020 to Tokyo 2021.

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Tokyo could be put on coronavirus lockdown, governor says

Life has stayed remarkably normal in Japan’s capital during the coronavirus outbreak, but that could be changing soon.

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Japan’s Cats and Dominos video warms the heart, makes us want to home and watch it all day【Video】

Not going anywhere for a while? Let this awesomely adorable video keep you company!

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Tokyo Olympics loses first participant as Canada withdraws from Games over coronavirus concerns

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams won’t be heading to Japan this summer, and one other nation is already following suit.

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Japan’s gothic lolita fashion rental shop gives our reporter her first taste of lolita life【Pics】

Dozens of options and delivery to your door lower the entry barrier for first-timers.

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Why this centuries’ old Shinto shrine is suddenly also a hot spot for anime fan art【Photos】

Whether you call it Demon Slayer or Kimetsu no Yaiba, Kamado Shrine is the place to go for fans of the hit anime/manga.

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Japanese police officers turn police box into their own little love hotel, do it instead of duty

Late-night shifts, nothing to do, and a bed just sitting there.

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Six-button Switch! Japanese gadget company turns Nintendo’s console into retro arcade controller

A throwback solution to a modern problem with the Nintendo system.

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Coronavirus changes how Tokyo shrine handles centuries’ old purification process for visitors

Priests fear traditional custom could lead to infection, provide modern alternative.

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Handsome Japanese cosplayer finds renewing driver’s license hard after huge transformation【Pics】

Before/after comparison shows it’s tough to get a new ID when the new you doesn’t look like the old you.

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Japanese drugstore prohibits transforming into other people during coronavirus panic

Also asks that mask buyers refrain from suddenly developing a need for eyeglasses.

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Suicide rates for Japanese women/overall population reach historic low, with troubling exception

A decade of mental health improvement for almost everybody, but the “almost” part shows there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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Hundreds of Jump anime episodes now free to watch online in coronavirus countermeasure campaign

The heroes of One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto, and more are all here to keep you company as you keep yourself safe from the coronavirus.

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An edible DIY Japanese rock garden is what we all need to stay sane while working from home【Pics】

Soothing to look at and delicious to taste, this is our newest home office amenity.

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Sakura Oreos set to blossom in Japan this spring and fill our hearts/stomachs with happiness

Two very Japanese Japan-exclusive flavors added to cookie lineup.

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