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

Anime director Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai nominated for Academy Award, achieves historic first

The latest film from the creator of Summer Wars and Wolf Children may or may not take home the gold statue, but it’s already done something incredible.

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Tokyo subway bribes people with free noodles to get them to take earlier, non-rush hour trains

Reward tiers promise better toppings if more people take the off-peak trains.

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Cup Noodle maker apologizes for pale-skinned depiction of Naomi Osaka in anime ad【Video】

Half-Haitian, half-Japanese tennis star’s real-world complexion is far darker than how she appears as Prince of Tennis character.

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Awesome snowboarding cosplayer hits the slopes as Mobile Snowboarder Gundam【Videos, pics】

The online identity of the ski slope sensation is revealed.

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Japan’s crazy 6,000-calorie sushi roll includes a pizza as a topping

We can feel ourselves getting both hungrier and heavier just looking at it.

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7-Eleven Japan wants to stop selling adult magazines, cites concern for foreigners, female customers

Company cites desire to avoid giving Japan a bad reputation as visitors from overseas come for the Tokyo Olympics.

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New Pokémon dress shirt line lets you dress like an adult in the company of all 151 Kanto species

Wearing a suit to the office isn’t so bad when you’ve got Pikachu, Eevee, and your other Pokémon pals with you.

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Japanese women encouraged to give boyfriends sexy underwear and loaf of bread for Valentine’s Day

The Pan Pan present set is a steamy, strange way to show your affection this February.

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Instant karma on the streets of Japan as jackass motorcyclist shows the essence of “dasai”【Video】

Come for the twist ending, stay for a useful Japanese vocabulary lesson.

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Bizarre English test in Japan asks students about winged vegetables, launches new meme

Say hello to the Four Heavenly Kings of Center Listening.

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Japanese teacher punches high school boy in the face, social media is still on his side【Video】

“Well, yeah, of course you’re gonna get punched if you talk to someone that way.”

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Still using water to make your instant noodles? You’re missing out on amazing green tea noodles!

We taste test a brand-new way to make the age-old favorite food of students, loafers, and busy people.

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Japanese subway conductor sues city for legal right for his beard to exist, monetary compensation

Verdict handed down in multi-year fight between facial hair and Municipal Transportation Bureau.

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This beautiful up-and-coming Japanese fashion model isn’t actually a person【Photos】

Say hi to imma, although she’ll never know your name since she’s a CG virtual model.

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Prior owners of Keiunkan ryokan, the world’s oldest hotel, liquidate company

Hot spring inn, founded in 704, has fallen on hard times.

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Man buys CD from amateur musician on streets of Tokyo, stomps on it in front of her face【Video】

Claims it was an accident, but absolutely no one believes him.

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Three-way “yankee” street brawl breaks out following Coming-of-Age Ceremony in Japan【Video】

Kimono vs. suits vs. cops.

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“Real-world Pokémon” has Japanese Internet gushing, but what is the cute creature?

Some see a Pocket Monster, others see an animal ready to go Super Saiyan.

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Sakura jelly desserts are beautiful and back on sale so your “cherry blossoms will bloom”

Each breathtaking dessert contains a naturally blooming cherry blossom, preserved at its most beautiful moment.

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Japanese woman finds out fiance she met when he “found” her lost phone is the man who stole it

Debate ensues as to whether he’s a creepy stalker or clever romantic.

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