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

Enako shares a preview of her two-months-late/right-on-time Halloween cosplay photo collection.

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Twin-tailed flasher in Japan’s coldest prefecture may not understand how flashing works

Heavyset man exposes himself on sub-zero night.

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How much money do you need to raise a family with a “normal life” in Kyoto? Study investigates

Living with your spouse and two kids in Japan’s former capital sounds nice, but is it affordable?

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How to use your real-life cat to automatically boost your Pokémon’s stats in Sword and Shield【Vid】

No time to spend time playing with your Pokémon during camping sessions? Genius Japanese gamer figures out how to have your actual kitty do it instead.

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Dateless on Christmas? Burger King Japan invites you to celebrate with whole bucket of fast food

If you’re all alone on the biggest date night of the year, Burger King wants to throw a party for one in your stomach.

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Do your kids believe in Santa? Japanese electronics shop wants to know for a very special reason

A simple Nintendo Switch purchase comes with a surprising question, and amazing customer service.

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Your cat or dog can be King of the Pirates with One Piece anime cosplay outfits for pets【Photos】

Kitty B. Luffy and Bowwow Chopper.

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Japanese otaku now have special trash box just for merch of their former anime and idol crushes

“I don’t love my crush anymore, but I want someone else to give them their love,” says message on Kyoto container.

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The secret of Starbucks Japan’s Chocolate Chunk Cookie: It’s not made by Starbucks!

Starbucks has a delicious cookie we just found out about, but the credit actually goes to one of Japan’s favorite domestic confectioners.

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The world’s first Pokémon GO specialty store just opened in Tokyo!【Photos】

Includes special areas to help Pokémon fans from different countries become friends.

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Cat got your brush? Squeezable cat paw makeup brushes from Japan make cosmetic application kawaii

You might want to grab these Black Cat and Baby Cat brushes even if you’re not putting on any makeup.

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Testing out the cheapest wedding dress in Japan: this US$49 beauty【Photos】

A wedding gown for less than 50 bucks? This sounds like a job for SoraNews24’s fashion expert.

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Kyoto’s THICKEST ramen is crazy and crazy-delicious【Taste test】

Broth that’s like pancake batter is only the start of the thickness.

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Make no mistake, that’s officially NOT a Snorlax Pokémon bed

It’s the perfect interior addition for the dedicated Sleemon fans!

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Japan’s anti-train groper badge design contest announces this year’s winners

Nationwide contest attracts more than 580 entries to combat one of Japan’s most shameful social phenomena.

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Japanese women asked what best job for a husband is, may be looking for romantic-comedy lead

Results also show one of the most attractive jobs for a man is one of the most hated too.

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Secret way Yoshinoya’s president customizes his beef bowl orders is a secret no more【Taste test】

How does the boss of the beef bowl king eat his gyudon? Like this.

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Japanese anime industry is earning more money than ever, almost half of it from outside Japan

Annual study shows sixth straight year of revenue growth and historical first in media format preference.

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Mario Kart apparel line pulls into Uniqlo just in time for Christmas【Photos】

Tie-up with Nintendo’s racing hit has T-shirt and power-up hoodies.

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Over 30 percent of surveyed Japanese managers feel intense stress from working with foreigners

Personality issues and skill deficiencies cited as problem areas with almost one in five saying the pressure is making them want to quit their jobs as soon as possible.

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