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

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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You can get married in Japan with official, legally binding Evangelion marriage registration forms

Get in the damn married relationship, Shinji.

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Pokémon fan learns the startling truth about the Wooloo plushie

Stuffed animal of Sword and Shield’s adorable sheep Pokémon isn’t quite as sheep-like as fan expected.

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If you were naked in a Daiso 100 yen store, could you put together an entire outfit? We find out

What if the Terminator appeared in Daiso?

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Residents don’t want Kyoto Animation to build monument, memorial park to victims at arson site

Kyoto neighborhood organization says it would “destroy the peaceful lifestyle” of local residents.

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Busty ninja girl barred from Smash Bros. gets her own Tokyo pop-up store/merch line【Photos】

Nintendo’s crossover series won’t let Mai Shiranui in, but no one can keep her down!

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Japanese users of one of the Internet’s largest adult portals are OK breaking up the silence of the holy night with passionate panting.

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’Tis the season for Japan’s cosplay models to slip into their cute and sexy Santa outfits.

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How to respond to Japanese people saying “I don’t speak English” when you’re speaking Japanese?

A cutting comeback from a Japanese-proficient foreigner leaves one man with a permanent emotional scar, but there are softer ways to make your point too.

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Making a low-budget, Tokyo Star Wars tribute gave us a new respect for the movie-making Force【Vid】

Having a lightsaber duel at the SoraNews24 office ended up being a ton of fun AND a ton of work.

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Can you guess which world children’s literature stars these awesome “anime” characters are?

From The Chronicles of Narnia to Anne of Green Gables, Japanese children’s book publisher’s artwork shines.

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Kyoto Animation closing donation account for arson attack victims soon

If you want to help the victims of the fire and their families, now is the time.

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Akihabara bar’s secret menu beer is a massive treat in the world’s biggest otaku culture center

An ura menu treat for those in the know.

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