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

Japanese riot cops provide police escort for mother and 10 children…who are all ducks【Video】

Cute convenience store case handled with courteous care.

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How much do you need to earn every month for a “normal” life in Kyoto? Here’s a sample budget

Fantasizing about relocating to Japan’s ancient capital? Here’s what it’ll cost you per month, and no, a minimum-wage job isn’t going to cut it.

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Hello Kitty rickshaw tours are coming to show you Tokyo in Sanrio style!

Japan’s cute character queen teams up with the coolest way to see downtown Tokyo’s most traditional neighborhood.

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Hard Rock Cafe opening in Kyoto in beautiful machiya townhouse building【Photos】

Music-themed restaurant doesn’t want to rock the boat and instead incorporates local cultural into its design and food items.

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Tokyo Olympics WILL allow you to share photos you take at the Games on social media

Official assures us that posting pics from the Games is A-OK, and clarifies what you’re not allowed to share online.

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Young woman-scent body soap and deodorant becomes a hit with lonely Japanese dudes

Deoco dudes desire feminine fragrance for lessening loneliness.

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This beautiful beefy bento is one of the best meals you can have on a train in Japan

Kobe beef’s fiercest rival is the star of this sukiyaki ekiben that not only tastes amazing, but sounds great too.

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Woman slaps boyfriend in face 52 times on China street for not buying her a new smartphone【Video】

Ouch…ouch…ouch…ouch…

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Pokémon dress shirt line will be coming to the U.S. and Europe, Pokémon Company says

The 151 customizable designs will be following in the Pokémon anime and games’ footsteps by heading out to the rest of the world.

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Japan’s beef bowl king, Yoshinoya, releases new line of canned, ready-to-eat beef bowls

Or maybe we should call them “beef cans?” Either way, these things will be literal life-savers.

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Tiny Tokyo apartment lifehack: How to stop trash stank on a hot summer day

Living in a cramped Japanese home means living close to your trash, but there’s an easy way to make the situation easier on your nose.

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These in-home cooking classes match foreign travelers with Japanese locals for delicious memories

Bring the taste of Japan back home with you by learning to make your favorite Japanese food from the people who know it best.

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Sakura shoes! Converse’s new Japan-exclusive model is made with actual cherry blossoms

Putting these sakura-pink kicks on your feet will help put more cherry blossom trees in Japan’s tsunami-struck Tohoku region.

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Tokyo Olympics bans fans from posting videos of the Games on their social media accounts

Your medal-worthy Olympic venue videos will have to stay within the confines of your phone, say organizers of 2020 Olympics.

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Foreigner says he wants to learn Japanese because he loves manga, real reason is what he hates

Heartbreaking encounter spells the end of foreign fan relying on translations.

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Pokémon Master Ball engagement ring case is sure to help you catch your beloved’s heart

Poké-pop the question with this beautiful handcrafted case from Japan’s Pokémon wedding jeweler.

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Photo of “melted” anime figure is an important reminder about summertime otaku merch safety

Beloved anime cat Doraemon appears as a pile of blue goo.

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KFC will straight-up sell you a bag of fried chicken skin in Indonesia

Not in the mood for skinless chicken? How about some chickenless skin instead?

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This Tokyo temple offers breakfast that’s beautiful, delicious, and includes message of salvation

Sushi isn’t the only thing worth eating in Tsukiji.

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Sexy race queen team’s seventh member is a costumed cat girl【Photos】

Up-chan once again shows that Japan loves cuteness and sexiness in equal measures.

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