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

Visiting Kyoto’s Pool of Blood — A ghost-hunting alternative to the city’s temples and shrines

Rumored to be haunted by multiple spirits and located near the grave of Emperor Saga.

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Edo Rice shows you what rice tasted like in the samurai era by continuing centuries of tradition

A Tokyo time trip for your taste buds.

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Gundam as god – Photo shows real-life giant anime robot getting deep respect

Fan’s theory also hold that famous anime robot’s merciful majesty will heal the people like Buddha.

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Two reasons seem to be causing dwindling supplies of self-loving support items.

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6 years of Pokémon anime, 13 years of One Piece manga free-to-watch/read online due to coronavirus

299 episodes of Pocket Monster adventures and 594 chapters of pirate voyages offered for free to keep Japan’s spirits up as people avoid going outside.

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Real-life Rurouni Kenshin reverse-blade sword to be displayed in Tokyo

The sakabato’s journey brings it to Japan’s eastern capital, just like the anime swordsman’s did.

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Thanks to the coronavirus over 450 manga volumes are now free to read online

With much of Japan’s population staying at home in order to stay safe, manga publishers want to help them stay happy and entertained too.

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Japanese cushion promises to turn video gamers into prisoners, make them happy about it【Photos】

Making handheld gaming captivatingly comfy.

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Awesome Japanese company wins Internet’s heart with its special coronavirus bonus for employees

Management finds 30,000 ways to say thank-you.

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A new way to get smelly otaku to take a shower: Trap sexy anime girls inside of soap【Photos】

A suggestive suggestion to shower more frequently.

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Japanese Twitter amazed to learn that cats can be used as on/off switches for desk lamps【Video】

Let there be (cat-activated) light!

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Japanese Twitter user misses joke, stresses that “beati dogu” is not traditional Japanese culture

Samurai tradition stresses the importance of horse and rider as one, but this canine contest is completely for comedy.

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Japan’s letter-from-little-sister capsule toys become even more disturbing with new content

”Please believe me!” pleads little sister after possible death in the family, but you’ll want to stay on your guard.

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No more tumblers — Starbucks Japan institutes new coronavirus countermeasure policies

Changes aim to keep both customers and workers safe.

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Rilakkuma sakura drinkware is ready to relax under the cherry blossoms with you【Photos】

Glasses, plates, and cutlery worth taking a chance on.

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Japan’s drinkable potato chip system is here, and it made us feel like a fish【Photos】

No, not a pig, a fish.

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Reselling masks in Japan could get you five years in prison under new government ban

Government enacts 47-year-old law to cope with panic buying and speculative hoarding.

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Japan has an awesome one-person bento box rice cooker, and here’s what we made with ours

Essentially a portable rice cooker, this amazing gadget revolutionizes lunch in the office.

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Japanese company tells worker he probably doesn’t have coronavirus, to come to work with a fever

Missing the point this badly is enough to get any worker hot under the collar.

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No Tokyo cherry blossom parties? Government asks citizens to refrain from outdoor hanami parties

One of the best things about spring in Japan might be non-existent this year because of the coronavirus.

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