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

Adorable pet dog’s Japanese-style housecleaning video convinces the Internet he’s a very good boy

Shiba Inu’s zokingake technique may not be the best but it is the cutest.

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Nintendo’s awesome Super Mario chocolate-making trays are here to power up Valentine’s Day

Now you can whip up some chocolates your gamer sweetheart will want more than any super mushroom.

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Godiva takes swipe at Japan’s obligation chocolate king, Tokyo chocolatier fights fire with smile

Message from Belgian confectioner is a bolt from the blue, but the makers of Black Thunder are only too happy to play along.

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Travel hack: Trying out the Japanese net café with a free breakfast buffet of cheap delicacies

A super-cheap way to satisfy your morning hunger and taste buds when traveling in Tokyo on a budget.

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Tokyo opens entire store dedicated to helping women buy obligation chocolate for Valentine’s

The king of giri choco is here to help women who have to buy chocolate to give to all the guys they’re not attracted to on Valentine’s Day.

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J-pop star Utada Hikaru’s childhood drawing reminds us that dreams can come true

Kingdom Hearts III singer shares drawing, message of what she wanted to be when she grew up.

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We summon the Devil’s “sushi roll” in Tokyo because we need to eat this 6,000-calorie thing

Dark forces can’t intimidate us, or our stomachs.

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Ninja burglar arrested in Japan, brags to police about how much he can bench press

Do you even burgle, bro?

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Mickey Manga Mouse – Attack on Titan creator, other manga stars draw the Disney icon【Pics】

Some of the biggest names in shonen and shojo manga turn their pens to redesigning the king of American cartoons.

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Japanese monk’s breakfasts with cats are the most important/cutest videos of the day

Start your day with a healthy serving of adorable felines and their kind-hearted owner.

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Hugh Jackman says good morning to Japan in Japanese, makes fans swoon【Videos】

Wolverine actor owes much of his fame to his handsome face and bulging muscles, but it’s his heart and his voice that are captivating fans.

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Maximum matcha! Tokyo sweet shop sells the strongest green tea chocolates physically possible

We taste test the newest desserts from a 112-year-old Japanese tea company.

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Naomi Osaka responds to controversial Nissin anime ad that portrayed her with pale skin【Video】

Tennis star makes first comment regarding Cup Noodle ad that’s drawn accusations of whitewashing.

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Chocolate-fed sushi fish set to become a Valentine’s Day treat in Japan

One of the country’s most popular revolving sushi chains has a sweet idea.

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Foreigner and skiing pals get lost in Japan, call cops for help, ignore them when they call back

Lost off-piste skier says answering his phone was too much of an inconvenience.

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This giant Final Fantasy Moogle bed could be yours, and doesn’t cost a single yen

Fantastic fluffy Final Fantasy fan furniture.

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Awesome self-building Gundam model video shows every anime mecha fan’s dream come true【Video】

Stop-motion masterpiece is a whole new kind of Gundam animation.

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Secret otaku certification test: Can you see the perfect anime cosplay hidden in this H&M ad?

An iconic anime hero, hiding in plain sight.

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Your home office will never be safe from your cats, video from Japanese artist shows【Video】

Manga creator thinks he has the perfect plan, but his cat foils his scheme in less than a day.

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Final Fantasy fried chicken on sale in Japan, best part comes before you take a single bite【Vid】

Sure, the convenience store-exclusive tastes great, but what’s even better is the surprise at the register.

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