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

Japan’s most-wanted manga pirate forcibly repatriated, arrested as he enters Japanese airspace【Vid】

Manga Mura administrator was taken into custody in the Philippines two months ago.

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Slime bread arrives in Japanese convenience stores and in our Dragon Quest-loving bellies

”Slime-flavored” pastry teaches us that the famous video game monsters are actually delicious!

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Beautiful red soy sauce from Japan uses no artificial colors, tastes like nothing else

A special ingredient from Japan’s southwestern Kumamoto prefecture transforms Japan’s most traditional cooking essential into something new.

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Is the Shinkansen bullet train Green Car upgrade worth it when traveling in Japan?【Photos】

We take a ride in the Nozomi’s “first-class” carriage.

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Soy sauce on pancakes? We try the newest dessert idea from a century-old soy maker【Taste test】

The newest addition to the menu of the sweet life, or a crackpot idea that’ll leave you feeling salty?

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Manufacturer says its just the thing to soothe “gentlemen’s” bodies and souls.

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Kid’s mom says video games are pointless, kid grows up to be part of new Zelda game’s soundtrack

26 years after having to hide under his bed sheets to play Link’s Awakening, this musician is part of the game’s remake.

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Comfy kimono hakama roomwear steps into the modern era with stylish new Reiwa Edition【Photos】

One-piece designs are zero trouble, entirely beautiful, and completely comfortable.

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An up-close look at one of Japan’s five Ryuseito swords, forged from meteorites【Photos】

One of Japan’s most beautiful blades is now on display, and owes its existence to some dude who just wanted to eat some potatoes and pickles.

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Sanrio turns one of its most popular characters into a zombie for new Tokyo undead haunted house

Pompompurin isn’t quite as cute when he’s hungering for your brains, but you can save him in this mission-based Sanrio Puroland horror event.

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Japanese parent finds a quick and easy way to get your kids to love reading from an early age

A small investment pays quick dividends as elementary schoolers’ grades jump to the top of the class.

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Kyoto Animation’s Sound! Euphonium anime bakery is a real place, and here it is【Photos】

We visit the bakery featured in Kyoto Animation’s love letter to brass bands, and taste its heartache-healing signature bread.

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Cuteness goes beyond death in Japan with super-cute memorial urns【Photos】

Because the kawaii spirit, like the human soul, is eternal.

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Things go from scary to sweet when Japanese traveler meets tattooed man on bus overseas【Manga】

A true story of coins, buses, and Pokémon.

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This London ramen restaurant’s super-strange ramen shocks our Japanese taste-tester

Anarchy in the U.K. ramen bowl.

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Japanese family hears noises at night from room of dead grandma, finds creatures living in walls

Video captures chilling mystery’s heartwarming solution.

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Mint chocolate tapioca ramen appears in Tokyo: Too much to handle or too good to believe?

SoraNews24 taste tests ramen like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

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The cops kick Mr. Sato off the street during his attempt to wait on sidewalk for the new iPhone

You don’t gotta go home, Mr. Sato, but you can’t wait here.

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All hospitalized Kyoto Animation arson victims’ lives are no longer in danger, doctors say

Some remain in intensive care units two months after attack on Fushimi anime studio.

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Japan’s first snowfall of the season comes to Hokkaido before September ends【Video, photos】

Snow falls in Hokkaido before Tokyo even needs to get out its fall fashions.

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