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

Supermarket comes up with ingenious way to market onigiri rice balls to non-Japanese customers

Personal endorsements from internationally famous faces help bring down cultural barriers.

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Japan second-least attractive country for expats to work, survey says, but is it really that bad?

Japan gets average marks in one category, abysmal ones in two others.

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Tokyo Disneyland/Disney Sea announce cosplay rules, allowed characters for Halloween 2019

Star Wars is OK, but only some Kingdom Hearts characters can enter the happiest place on earth.

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Naomi Osaka brings kindness and tears to stunning sportsmanship display at US Open

Tells rising star it’s OK to cry, and does plenty of it herself.

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This is what a 10,800-yen (US$100) Tokyo sushi boxed lunch looks like【Taste test】

Mr. Sato goes mad with sushi power as he buys an ultra-luxurious sushi take-out set at one of Tokyo’s fanciest department stores.

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If you’re old enough to be a Mazinger Z fan, you’re old enough to do what you want with your man parts.

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Tokyo is the safest city in the world, according to new study from the Economist

One other Japanese metropolis finishes in the top three.

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New Pokémon anime series promises to include all eight regions, has throwback title

The name is a blast from the past, but Pocket Monsters ranging from the very first species to brand-new additions will show up.

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Tokyo’s amazing 2D Cafe looks like an illustration, but it’s an actual restaurant you can eat in!

Clever visual tricks and delicious desserts draw us to a new cafe in downtown.

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Low-carb, noodle-free ramen is still awesome, this Yokohama-style chain proves

All the ramen flavor you could want, without any of the noodles.

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Voice of Evangelion’s main character sad to see how often he gets left out of anime group shots

”Shinji isn’t here,” reports Megumi Ogata, over and over.

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McDonald’s new mochi shiratama McFlurry’s name is a mouthful, but our taste buds want it anyway

McDonald’s isn’t entirely confident in its newest Japanese-inspired dessert, but we believe in it.

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Shinkansen will require reservations for large suitcases, charge penalty fees for those without

Japan Railway boss says passengers “will be happy” about the new regulations.

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How to tell Japanese’s two most confusing, nearly identical characters apart from each other

Katakana is supposed to be the easy set of Japanese characters to learn, but there’s a huge exception.

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Graphical glitches turn Pokémon Masters mobile game into mind-flaying horror story【Video】

Some people say Pokémon is an RPG, but maybe it’s really a horror game.

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Complete adaptation of Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is coming, as a kabuki play!

Actor Shichinosuke Nakamura to portray warrior princess in story arcs Studio Ghibli anime-only fans have never seen.

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Here they are: The absolute best Final Fantasy X cosplay photos anyone’s ever taken【Photos】

Seven friends go on a journey and achieve something incredible.

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15 rude things not to do on trains in Japan【Survey】

In a country famous for its manners and famous for its trains, of course there are plenty of train manners to keep in mind.

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New black light train groper stamps sell out in Japan on their first day on the market

Nagoya stationery company caught by surprise at overwhelming demand for anti-chikan item.

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Sega has been using a different logo in Japan and overseas for years, and hardly anyone noticed

Blue is Sega’s image color the world over, but fans in different parts of the world see different things.

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