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

“Drinkable soft serve ice cream” in bottles to go on sale in Japan

A brilliant idea and suddenly the only thing we want to drink.

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Street fight breaks out in Japan’s second-largest city between shoppers wanting to buy masks【Vid】

Coronavirus-sparked shortage leads to early-morning violence.

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Crazy photo shows how Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station can be as confusing as a video game dungeon

If it’s your first time going through Japan’s busiest train station, this “helpful” sign might not make things much easier.

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Eat like a treacherous samurai! Kyoto restaurant recreates a real-life warlord’s favorite food

Genuine samurai chow served in an actual samurai home.

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Japan has a cat real estate agency, where every apartment lets you and your kitty live together!

No need to ask “Are pets OK?” as long as your pet is a cat.

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Brain-breaking optical illusion from Japan is a lie within a lie, truly amazing【Video】

Animation is the art of tricking the eye, but this is one trick we never would have noticed.

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Disney knows what yokai are, teaches Japanese vocabulary word to Donald Duck【Video】

Kappa and kasa obake are among the creatures menacing Donald and his feathered friends.

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Love Live! character with controversial skirt to continue as orange spokesperson, petitioner says

Change.org petition organizer says agricultural group has pledged their continued support to the anime schoolgirl idol.

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Could this be the secret to get Americans to actually like natto (Japanese fermented soy beans)?

Japanese online commenters react with “BLEGH” and vomiting ASCII art.

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Pikachu now has an afro of cherry blossoms, and you can eat it【Photos】

Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe reveals springtime sakura dessert, Gigantamax entrees.

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Majority of surveyed Japanese workers have dated a coworker, over 20 percent their boss or senpai

Office romance most likely to bloom for younger workers in survey.

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Chinese people hand out free surgical masks in Japan as coronavirus outbreak continues【Video】

As Japan suffers through nationwide mask shortage, people in one of its biggest cities are offered some for free.

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Manga artist makes rare move of taking paternity break, some wonder if he was actually a woman

Come for the heartwarming story of a famous artist actually getting time off to spend with family, stay for the weird Japanese linguistics lesson!

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You can now eat this anime girl who’s an anthropomorphized dessert in real-life Tokyo

Crazy concept video game Food Fantasy completes the cycle from taiyaki to Taiyaki to Taiyaki taiyaki.

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Japanese vending machines now have the strangest thing we never knew we needed: hot bottled water

We had our reasons to be suspicious, but it turns out this is a great idea.

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Does anime need to start being more politically correct for overseas audiences? Twitter debates

Japanese animation has long had a reputation for pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable, but is it pushing too far these days?

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Skip Starbucks? A super-cheap, semi-secret alternative to a coffeehouse break in Tokyo

A private room all to yourself for hours on end, free Wi-Fi, unlimited drinks, and enough space to take a nap, all for less than five bucks.

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Eye reflection stalker who assaulted idol says he “would like to do everything he can” for her

Not home-invasion groping her in the first place seems like it would have been the nicer thing to do.

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There’s now a real-life professional wrestling Pikachu, and yes, he’s totally crazy【Videos】

Pikachu used…elbow drop?!?

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Studio Ghibli suddenly makes 38 albums of anime music available on Spotify, Apple Music, and more

693-track selection includes many of anime’s most memorable pieces of music.

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