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

Fast food sukiyaki: One of the greatest things about autumn/winter in Japan!

Want to try Japan’s most famous hot pot, but don’t want to drop big bucks for it? Yoshinoya, plus one other amazing budget-friendly restaurant, are here to help.

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Think you had a rough commute? Japanese salaryman gets jumped by wild boar on way to work【Vid】

After knocking him down, the animal came back to try to finish the job.

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Humanity vs. Titans: Rejected original version of Attack on Titan is released for free online

Once upon a time Eren and Levi were the same person, and the best defense against the Titans was…a bunch of trees?!?

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1,000 boxes of disposable chopsticks dumped on Tokyo freeway following delivery truck fire【Video】

It’s a bad day at work for driver of a shipment made entirely of tinder.

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Is it possible to run up a 100,000-yen (US$885) bill at Tokyo’s cheapest Italian restaurant?

We gave our hungriest/thirstiest reporters a stack of cash for all the wine, prosciutto, and steak they wanted, but did they hit the six-figure mark?

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Side characters Sailors Uranus and Neptune take center stage for new bra and pantie set designed with the wearer’s comfort in mind.

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Sometimes Japanese customer service is so good, it’s hilarious

Cashier follows customer’s request to the letter but still gives him the last thing he expected.

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New line of modern samurai fashion for fall/winter will make you warm and cool

Whether you’re going completely old school or just want a touch of swordsman chic, Japanese fashion label Trove has you covered.

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A visit to a cat theater in Tokyo as cat cafe holds movie night【Photos】

The audience is asked to refrain from talking during the movie, but purring is totally OK.

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Spend a shift working in a terrible, soul-crushing Japanese company at this “special” Tokyo event

And for extra authenticity, they’ll even make you work on a national holiday!

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Kirby will devour you and your kids as an adorable new plushie pillow【Photos】

Manufacturer says new cushion “makes the dream of being sucked up by Kirby come true!”

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Japanese mom’s sketchbook of amazing anime character designs from 50 years ago amazes daughter

Professional manga artist learns that talent runs in the family.

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Demonic anime ad commands us to eat at KFC, or risk angering Cheddar Lucifer【Video】

If eating fried chicken makes us evil, we no longer have any desire to be good.

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High school boy in Kobe shows his love for older woman by spreading his poo on her bicycle

An important reminder to always heed the old advice, “When you want to tell her how you really feel, don’t, for the love of God, tell her with poo.”

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The morning after: Volunteers clean up the litter from Tokyo’s Halloween street party

Mr. Sato heads back to Shibuya, and is startled by what he sees.

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Seven arrests, restaurant fire occur during Tokyo’s Halloween night Shibuya street party

Scary sights, and not because of any ghosts or goblins.

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Quick-thinking Tokyo Disney Sea staff helps boyfriend propose with assist from a surprising cupid

Quite possibly the last Disney character we’d expect to be a love guru has the perfect answer to one young man’s dilemma.

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The beautiful cosplayers of Tokyo’s Halloween night Shibuya street party【Photos】

A costume party in one of Tokyo’s most fashionable neighborhoods brings some beauty to the scary celebration.

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SoraNews24 hits Tokyo’s biggest Halloween party dressed as one of Japan’s most popular characters

Mr. Sato takes our team to Shibuya’s Halloween bash, but not before setting us up with coordinated kawaii costumes.

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Criminally studious Japanese schoolgirl caught stealing dozens of educational books in one night

Educators might applaud her motivation, but the police arrested her anyway.

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