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

The 10 best castles in Japan, as chosen by experts and fans

Survey results stretch all the way from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south, with several awesome stops in between.

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Japanese artist crafts beautiful Disney princesses, anime stars, and mythical beasts from sashimi

Each one is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds using fresh fish bought near Japan’s Seto Inland Sea.

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Häagen-Dazs Japan opening Tokyo restaurant to serve special all-matcha course meal

Each dish will use the same exclusive green tea blend that the company uses for its delicious matcha ice cream.

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Don’t like trigonometry? Then you’re just like Hitler, says Japanese high school English teacher

Further proof that any argument will eventually have someone call the other person a Nazi.

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Idol says her on-stage apology after being attacked was something her managers forced her to do

NGT48 members says she was told that if she didn’t apologize, another idol would be made to read a letter of apology for her.

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A chance to travel with the star of Ultra Convulsions Erogenous Oil Boob Massage and Nude Divinity.

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Workaholic Japan forgives Tokyo noodle joint owner who closed early for the best reason of all

There was someone, or, actually, two people he had to see.

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“Which hairstyle makes a woman look good at her job?” asks Japanese survey

Hiring managers sound off on different ‘dos, plus how much hair dyeing is acceptable for men or women.

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Giant-testicled pig statue at Japanese restaurant baffles Internet

Because nothing says “delicious cooking” like huge, saggy pig balls, right?

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Tokyo hair salon offers free cuts to anime fans whose 2-D crush fell in love with someone else

Start the next chapter of your love life, real-world or otherwise, with a new hairdo from the Heartbreak Salon.

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Naked woman runs through one of Tokyo’s busiest train stations, police say she’s not a criminal

Shibuya Station is an unusual place to pick for a jog even if you have your clothes on.

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Gaming toilet design could be Japan’s greatest bathroom contribution since washlet bidets

An ergonomic advancement for the modern gamer.

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Japan’s prime minister wants to make it illegal for parents to hit kids when disciplining them

Cites increasing number of child abuse cases as reason parents need to be reined in.

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New Evangelion anime movie’s voice recording officially starts, fans remain patiently ecstatic

Photo of creator Hideaki Anno’s personal script is a sign that the long-awaited film is finally moving towards completion.

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Amazing new Tokyo art exhibit lets you create cherry blossoms just by touching light【Video】

One of the city’s best art museums just got better with a special springtime sakura upgrade.

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Japanese family wakes up to find complete stranger sleeping in his underwear in their living room

Magical powers, time travel offered as possible explanation by shocked commenters.

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Tokyo’s Muji Hotel now taking reservations, ready to provide lifestyle-brand comfort to travelers

“Anti-luxurious, anti-cheap” hotel offers stylish, comfortable homes-away-from-homes in the heart of Japan’s capital.

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Japanese truck driver arrested for slapping young boy in the face after wet toilet paper prank

Understandable anger, illegal reaction.

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Nintendo has made maybe the coolest video game pamphlet ever for Yoshi’s Crafted World【Video】

Crafty designers create an endless loop of origami-style fun out of what looks like a simple sheet of paper.

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Godzilla appears at press conference in Japan to announce partnership with national judo team

”I was startled by the size of Godzilla’s thighs,” says Olympic coach as team officially adopts Godzilla Japan nickname.

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