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

Graffiti artist Pikachu plushies coming to brand-new Shibuya Pokémon Center megastore【Photos】

New shop within walking distance from Scramble Intersection also has giant Mewtwo in research tube greeting guests.

Read More

Uniqlo’s new Dragon Ball T-shirts and hoodies modeled for the first time【Photos】

A massive batch of photos shows off the Japanese brand’s latest foray into anime apparel.

Read More

The Magikarp kiss — Japanese woman explains why the Pokémon-like smooch is so terrible

Illustrated diagram shows why the weakest Pokémon is also the worst kisser.

Read More

KFC Japanese New Year’s cards give you free fried chicken to start 2020 off right!

KFC gets into Japan’s nengajo tradition in a finger-licking way.

Read More

Can a Japanese person look good in one of those for-foreigner souvenir kimono? Mr. Sato finds out

Gift shop kimono are almost nothing like the real thing, but can Mr. Sato’s fashion aura transcend national boundaries?

Read More

This is Akihabara’s best hidden food vending machine: The Mansei meat sandwich machine!

Must-eat meat on the street in Japan’s video game and anime capital.

Read More

The true, and truly weird, story of the time our hostess-bar-loving reporter went out for a drink, and couldn’t come back.

Read More

Real-world Pokémon arena battle park found in Japan【Photos】

Intentional or not, there’s no way to see this park in one of Japan’s largest cities and not think of Pikachu throwing down.

Read More

Is it OK to bite through your ramen noodles while slurping them in Japan? Internet debates

Slurping is the norm in a Japanese noodle house, but is it OK to bite off your ramen if it’s more than you can chew?

Read More

Tokyo Olympics might allow you to take one, and only one, drink with you into sweltering stadiums

Organizing Committee considers relaxing rules for the Games during Japan’s always hot and humid summer.

Read More

Japan’s new Pikachu Pokémon donuts are super popular, crazy cute, and totally tasty

But really, the Pikachu Tail should be called the “Pikachu Butt.”

Read More

Pre-pubescent boy in Japan uses his high voice to impersonate a schoolgirl in prostitution scam

It’s sure to become one his fondest childhood memories.

Read More

There’s a permanent all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink KFC restaurant opening in Tokyo

All the fried chicken you can eat (plus all the beer you can drink), whenever you want it!

Read More

Blood-red Evangelion hot spring bath to open in Japan for fun, relaxing terror

East Japan’s premier hot spring town, the real-world Tokyo-3, wants you to bathe in LCL.

Read More

Kyoto Animation has a touchingly kind plan to distribute its 3.2 billion yen in arson donations

Company continues to put people first as it meets with victims’ families and refuses to use funds for business recovery.

Read More

Japanese version of Frozen 2’s “Into the Unknown” is a powerful return for Elsa’s singer in Japan

Video shows off famous Japanese actress/vocalist’s newest song for Disney’s snow queen.

Read More

Tokyo travel alert: City’s most important train line shutting down for construction this weekend

A long stretch of the Yamanote Line is taking a break while construction crews get ready for its newest station.

Read More

Beautiful kimono-cloth Pikachu doll is latest creation from century-old Tokyo doll maker【Photos】

Techniques developed in Kyoto hundreds of years ago make Pikachu as beautiful as he is adorable.

Read More

Crazy-cheap Japanese apartment for less than 140 bucks a month comes with headaches every day

And sometimes those headaches will be literal.

Read More

How many hours a month do anime artists work in Japan? Survey finds crazy number, unhappy workers

“Just what was it that I ever liked about anime?” wonders unsatisfied female artist.

Read More

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. ...
  9. 337