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.

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Breathtaking real-world Secret of Mana Pure Lands found, then lost, in Japan【Photos】

Photographer was in the right place at the right time, because now he can’t go back.

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Cosplay mosquito repellent? Japan’s new magical-armor-style accessory protects you from bugs

Because anime heroes shouldn’t have to worry about bug bites.

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Woman attempting suicide in Tokyo has life saved by 20 sumo wrestlers

Large group of gigantic men makes big difference in crisis.

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The shit didn’t hit the fan, it IS the fan – Testing Daiso’s 100-yen Handy Poo Fan

Japan’s favorite 100 yen store poops out three adorable new turds.

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Japanese dad opens bar inside his house just for him and his kid【Videos】

Parent and child bond over oden, all-age drinks.

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Japanese store stops talking to customers because of coronavirus, some hope change is permanent

Is silence golden, or is chitchat a necessary part of running a store?

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Ramen-flavor shaved ice is coming to Tokyo just in time for the summer heat

Forget cherry or lemon, this is the frozen treat we want.

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Design-your-own-Pokémon-T-shirt service launches at Uniqlo, dozens of species to work with【Pics】

Speedy program lets you pick up your creation on the same day you design it.

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Kyoto Animation arsonist’s lawyer says he doesn’t need to be in custody, investigators disagree

Arsonist is shown list of victims’ names at first court hearing, but start of trial is likely still far away.

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The odd phenomenon of some Japanese husbands making their wives put their socks on for them

If you’re old enough to get married, shouldn’t you be old enough to dress yourself?

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Japanese revolving sushi restaurant creates solo-diner capsules for a private world of sushi

Perfect for when you’d like to be alone with the fish.

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Japanese prime minister accidentally asked about government’s massive “Robbery Campaign” budget

Politician from opposing party criticizes Shinzo Abe for official project, but the true crime is a linguistic one.

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All the charm and none of the hassle.

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The poo from Nara Park’s deer is changing because of the coronavirus pandemic

Shape and hardness of animals’ droppings has changed noticeably since a few months ago.

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Gold Gundam tofu appears in Japan, requires “painting” with real gold for full effect【Taste test】

Forget Gunpla. Today it’s all about the Gun-tofu!

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In Japan, Uber Eats will deliver the latest manga to your door

When you’re craving the latest issue of Shonen Jump, Uber is ready to roll and bring you your comic fix.

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Don’t panic! You can now get a gigantic life-size Psyduck plushie at the Pokémon Center

Keep calm and carry on decorating your home with Pokémon.

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Disgusting truth of what happens when someone coughs without covering their mouth revealed【Video】

Japanese supercomputer shows how high a barrier you need if your coworker won’t show basic courtesy during the coronavirus crisis.

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Japanese woman arrested for cyberstalking elderly man twice her age

Senior citizen says he received dozens of date requests from woman he’s never met or spoken to.

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What would Pokémon look like as a 1950s’ Looney Tunes cartoon? Like this【Video】

Japanese animators and composer channel the traditions of American slapstick shorts.

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