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

This just might be the best affordable hotel breakfast buffet in all of Japan【Photos】

Business hotel makes breakfast a pleasure with morning cutlets, hot pot, and miso.

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Free Sailor Moon condoms to be given out by Japanese government

The next time you’re thinking of having sex, think of Sailor Moon.

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Tokyo tapioca tea takeover continues with a new massive boba drink stand in Shibuya【Photos】

Mr. Sato refuses to back down from gigantic sweet tea challenges.

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What’s the best part of Tokyo to live in, and why? Survey gives the top six picks

Three in the suburbs, and three in downtown.

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Pregnant woman takes teen boys to task for calling their friend “lame” for offering her his seat

Pays thoughtful youth a compliment while demonstrating how sometimes “kindness flies like a boomerang.”

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Six new Sailor Moon cafes to be open simultaneously in Japan this fall!【Photos】

From Hokkaido to Kyushu, and of course in Tokyo too, Sailor Moon has got your anime-inspired cravings covered.

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Starbucks Japan launches new coffee-buying pen, and SoraNews24 tries it out

Touch the Pen lets you pay for your coffee without using cash or cards.

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Kyoto Animation will use none of its arson donations for business recovery, all of it for victims

The company has received over one billion yen (US$10.1 million), and plans to use every single one for human beings, not business.

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God of Manga Osamu Tezuka to return to work with “new manga” produced by AI

Creator of Astro Boy has been deceased for 30 years.

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Melon Dr. Pepper appears in Japan, but is it just what the doctor ordered?【Taste test】

SoraNews24’s in-house Dr. Pepper fan tries the mysterious new flavor, plus how to duplicate it at home.

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Japanese system engineer uses kitty power to keep angry customers from yelling at him

Ingenious idea turns system errors into something to look forward to.

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Hayao Miyazaki’s concept art and ideas for the Ghibli Museum to be revealed in new exhibit

The legendary anime director’s sketchbook serves as the inspiration for a new exhibit on how the museum was created.

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This is Japan’s oldest oyakodon chicken-and-egg rice bowl restaurant, and it’s awesome

The birthplace of one of Japan’s favorite lunches is still in business in Tokyo after more than 200 years.

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Krav Maga Tokyo Training Center trains SoraNews24’s Meg in no-holds-barred combat arts【Videos】

Meg goes from Frappuccino fan to fists of fury.

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Last chance for sushi before leaving Japan: Narita Airport’s amazing Sushi Kyotatsu restaurant

When it’s time to say goodbye to Japan at the end of your trip, don’t forget to say goodbye to the sushi too.

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Captured Tokyo panty thief denies having any interest in bras

”I’m interested in women’s butts.”

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Pakistani Japanese citizen is tired of the cops asking him for his foreign resident card

You can’t produce a foreign resident card when you’re not a foreigner.

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Nara’s “deer cookie” rice crackers get their first price increase in 28 years

Makers of iconic tourism treat cite rising costs and sales tax hike as reasons.

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Hayao Miyazaki has turned down multiple offers from Hollywood to make live-action Nausicaa movie

Studio Ghibli co-founder also had two iron-clad conditions for the upcoming kabuki adaptation of his classic anime film.

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One-person seclusion tents from Japan let you turn part of your home into your private kingdom

Pop-up design lets you feel like a king in whichever part of your home you claim for your castle of gaming, web-surfing, or reading solitude.

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