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

Soft wieners for otaku break man’s heart with their anime-style packaging

Artist’s rendition doesn’t match user’s reality.

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Coca-Cola raises prices in Japan for the first time in 27 years

And it wanted to keep the incredible streak going for even longer than that.

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Enjoy your night alone, and also some sweets.

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Japan’s Lucky Beckoning Cat Panties promise riches, romance, and academic success

Startled reactions from anyone who sees them not specifically mentioned by manufacturer, but can be assumed as a side-effect of “the ultimate tag team.”

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“It doesn’t feel like I’m alive” – Idol breaks silence after two male fans attack her at home

After men are released and management fails to address problem to her satisfaction, she says “I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this.”

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Beautiful line of Kimono Pouches let you add traditional Japanese style to any outfit

Authentic materials recreate the fashions of apprentice geisha, oiran courtesans, and even bridal kimono.

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Manga Art Hotel Tokyo welcomes foreign guests with over 5,000 manga, including English editions

Hotel admits up front that you probably won’t get much sleep, but will thoroughly enjoy your stay anyway.

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Daily horde of commuters into Tokyo is larger than one of history’s fiercest conquering armies

Force from the north could have upset the balance of power in 4th century Europe.

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Can you spot the “hidden anime robot” in this century-old French religious painting?

Hail Gundam full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

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Japan goes from capsule hotels to capsule offices with free Wi-Fi, device charging in Tokyo

Three of Tokyo’s most useful stations offer individual-size offices free of charge.

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“We don’t need an age of women” Japanese commercial says, then hits actress in face with cream

“I am me” declares actress in video for department stores that’s sparking debate and controversy.

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Female otaku has perfectly sensible answer for when people ask why she doesn’t get a boyfriend

Dark magic and a price too great to pay are great reasons for remaining single.

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Artist collapses at Comiket and dies, leading brother to make a request of all anime illustrators

Message of heartfelt thanks is mixed with cautionary advice as artist passes away far too young.

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Nearly half of young Japanese women say they “hate” the company they work for in survey

Young men show more satisfaction, but it plummets once they hit a certain age.

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Drink like a fish, but with lizards and snakes, at Tokyo’s awesome reptile bar【Photos】

Tea and cookies at a cat cafe too cutesy for you? We’ve got just the alternative for your next night out in Tokyo!

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Origami memory jars: Japanese Twitter’s beautiful way to collect happy memories like a coin bank

A creative and decorative way to reward yourself for your hard work and remind yourself that good things can, and do, happen.

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Japanese high schools stop asking students to specify their gender on application forms

Two prefectures do away with once-standard question, over two dozen more consider following their lead.

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Gamer in Japan turns the PlayStation Classic into a true, and awesome, portable system

Month-long modding project lets him go back to the 32-bit past on the go.

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Is Chinese hairstylist who shaved triangle into customer’s head the best or worst in the world?

Be careful what you ask for.

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Reveals trick of the trade regarding no-towel onsen travel videos.

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