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

Kyoto massage parlor would like to offer you a head rub on a self-driving tatami reed floor【Vid】

Company behind Tokyo’s steampunk massage parlor goes even more old-school with beautiful and relaxing innovation.

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Foreign university students among those under investigation for Tokyo Halloween truck-flipping

Tokyo police looking at 10 additional suspects, with list including Japanese nationals and foreigners from three European nations.

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Man with death wish and/or nerves of steel waits for passing train INSIDE crossing gates

Frightening video shows eerily calm able-bodied bicyclist.

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Pokémon Eevee becomes part of Ariana Grande’s body thanks to her new Pocket Monster tattoo

Tattoo artist shows off famous client’s newest anime-inspired ink.

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Japan cherry blossom forecast 2019! Sakura coming earlier than usual to Tokyo

Japan’s most beloved flowers are often associated with April, but they’ll be at their most beautiful in Tokyo before that, says forecast.

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“There are many mentally unwell girls in AKB48” claims ex-member of Japan’s top idol singer group

Five-year veteran talks about indirect “cries for help.”

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There’s a Kingdom Hearts hotel room with a functioning Keyblade coming to Tokyo Disneyland【Pics】

Special room at Tokyo Disney Resort celebrates release of the long-awaited release of Kingdom Hearts III from video game publisher Square Enix.

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Idol manager resigns after attack on singer, company claims no group members broke law

Management company explains slow response, maintains no members of NGT48 illegally supplied attackers with victim’s home address.

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Poop ice cream drops in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku neighborhood

Unchi-kun looks the part, thankfully tastes like something else entirely.

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Pokémon cat cosplay hoods are now on sale, and adorable【Photos】

The wait is over, and the capsule toy feline fashions are now being modeled by Japan’s cats.

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The beautiful booth models of Tokyo Auto Salon 2019【Photos】

SoraNews24’s Mr. Sato heads to Japan’s largest tuner car show, but it’s his friend who’s really enjoying himself.

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Awesome Pokémon decorating idea: Turn your bathroom walls into a Pokédex!【Photos】

Relax your body and improve your Poké-knowledge at the same time.

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Educator offers advice for Japanese schoolgirls who get asked out by their teachers

”Trash” is the lesson’s keyword.

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Tokyo’s new “real-life Mario Karts” make it ridiculously clear they’re unrelated to Nintendo

Either a double dose of caution or passive-aggressiveness against Nintendo has MariCar’s go-carts looking weirder than ever.

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer revs fans’ engines by cosplaying as Japan’s number-one virtual idol

Enako dresses up to celebrate new service that lets you go for a drive with Hatsune Miku.

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Japanese company sells love potion, recommends secretly mixing it into your target’s food

Lingerie company’s attempt at coy sexiness backfires with public backlash and “date rape drug” accusations.

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There’s no need to care about our staff, because they’re foreigners, says Japanese maid service

Vague phrasing and fuzzy logic leads to swift backlash.

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Japanese Internet debates sure-fire way to catch a cheating lover and/or make them hate you

Video claims “just a single question” is all it takes to catch an unfaithful boyfriend or girlfriend in a lie, but it may have other consequences.

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Instead of booking just a pool to film at, NHK booked THE pool.

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Japanese idol singer who was attacked at home makes on-stage apology for “causing commotion”

”You didn’t do anything wrong!” shout fans as management confirms attackers were helped by information provided by another idol.

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