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 politician’s birthrate plan: Have parents nag their kids to have “at least three babies”

Wants Grandma and Grandpa to get in on the pro-procreation propaganda too.

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Let’s try some “deer poop” ice cream in Nara, Japan’s city of deer!

Poo, puns, and matcha green tea desserts: this is gonna be FUN!

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Beautiful Studio Ghibli anime sake flask and cup set lets you get liquored up the Laputa way

Homage to Hayao Miyazaki classic is just one part of Donguri Kyowakoku’s gift recommendations for Ghibli-loving fathers.

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The Japanese government made an idol anime, and it literally wants your blood【Video】

The girls of KKT21 want you to bleed for the good of society.

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New Pokémon mobile game, Pokémon Sleep, promises to turn sleeping into entertainment【Video】

Pikachu wants you to get some sleep, and the new Pokémon Home system will allow you to transfer Pocket Monster species from one game to another via cloud memory.

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Godzilla drops the CG, straps on the suit for awesome old-school tribute video【Video】

Just before the release of the King of the Monsters’ latest CG slugfest, a team of practical effects geniuses take the kaiju back to his roots.

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Japan’s new luxury sightseeing train will show you part of the country most foreigners never see

Toki no Yoake Monogatari lets you enjoy the ride as you travel off the Shinkansen-beaten path.

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What part of Japan has the best food, and what should you eat there?

Come hungry for this list of the most delicious things to eat in the most palate-pleasing prefectures of Japan.

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Anime film Children of the Sea’s trailer is heartbreakingly beautiful, looks like nothing else

Studio Ghibli composer and an extremely eclectic director team up for what looks like an unprecedented anime experience.

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Cold ramen? Yes, it’s possible, and yes, it’s awesome, as this Tokyo restaurant proves

There’s no need to give up ramen on sizzling hot days as long as you eat it Yamagata-style.

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Japanese convenience store sign loses a letter at night for heartwarming, animal-friendly reason

Lawson branch purposely makes its sign harder to read for the benefit of some special baby visitors.

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New posable life-size detective Pikachu plushie commits crime of stealing our hearts【Photos】

But we’re willing to grant him a pardon in exchange for lots of fluffy hugs.

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Japanese TV broadcaster captions Donald Trump’s sumo speech in Tokyo as just “English”

But even though it looks like the laziest translation job ever, it might be justified.

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Sanrio terror — Horrifying “real-world Gudetama” appears in Japanese kitchen

Hello Kitty’s lazy egg pal manifests itself in a shocking way.

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The secret to making cats love you: This one brand of Japanese jeans, believers say

Your wallet will love Uniqlo’s ultra-affordable sister brand, and some say cats will too.

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Japan has mint chocolate butter, and it’s now at the top of our shopping list

This opens up so many possibilities, and they all sound delicious.

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Heroic Japanese convenience store owner saves foreigner from online scam artist

Foreign teen’s unusual behavior tips off quick-thinking 7-Eleven owner.

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Peek-a-boo Shiba Inu towels from Japan celebrate their best trick: Getting stuck in silly places

Clever design lets you give these good boys some well-deserved pets as you dry your hands.

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Häagen-Dazs Japan’s new green tea honey toast dessert has us ready to sing with joy

The masters of matcha ice cream treats mix traditional anmitsu toppings with one of modern Japan’s favorite desserts.

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Uniqlo Pokémon T-shirt grand prize-winner disqualified for violating contest rules

Two designers used rule-breaking designs, which were super effective, until they got caught.

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