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

Super-polite bowing shoebill in Japan wins hearts with its incidental grasp of Japanese etiquette

Video shows Futaba-chan’s polished manners.

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“Otaku” YouTuber confronts Tokyo tough-guy litterers, who’ve got no idea who they’re dealing with

Litterbug smokers aren’t so eager to brawl once they find out they’re picking a fight with a guy who beats people up for a living.

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You can send email from payphones in Japan?!? We try the technology trick that shocked the nation

How are you supposed to type a message without a keyboard or touch screen?

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Suntory creates cherry blossom liqueur to let us sip like it’s sakura season all year long

Kanade Sakura is the newest addition to Suntory’s “Japanese craft liqueur” family.

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Japanese omamori good-luck charm pouches are here to protect your lips as stylish balm holders

Over 40 handcrafted designs to choose from, many made with thousand-year-old Fujiyama-ori tradition.

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Controversial busty manga girl Red Cross poster’s artist donates blood

And it wasn’t the Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out creator’s first time, either.

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Japanese man expects woman to serve him at drinking party, gets helping of delicious sass instead

“This is the first time I’ve met a woman who doesn’t dish up for other people.”

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Creepy peeping video from Japanese arcade shows why men aren’t allowed in sticker booth section

Guy helps himself to a view under the privacy curtain.

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Search for live-streamer who fell from Mt. Fuji finds badly damaged corpse half-mile below peak

Live-streamer had climbed Mt. Fuji multiple times, including just one month ago.

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Japanese man finds abandoned kittens being attacked by crows, becomes a hero to protect them

Finds a way to permanently protect them from birds of prey.

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Jamaican-style ramen in Kyoto: A cross-cultural hit, or just jerking your taste buds around?

Ramen and jerk chicken are delicious on their own, but do they play nice together?

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Skynet sends a Terminator to Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station to future-freak-out commuters【Photos】

Cyberdyne adapts to local marketing trends.

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Kyoto admits to paying celebrities 500,000 yen per tweet to talk about how great the city is

”We expected a strong, positive reaction from young people” says city government spokesperson.

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Kyoto Animation arson attack leads Japanese government to develop stricter gas sale regulations

New law would require documentation of the sort of purchase arsonist made prior to attack.

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Hiker falls off Mt. Fuji while live-streaming steps from summit, rescuers yet to find him【Video】

Last words before slipping are “This part is dangerous.”

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Five reasons not to live in Japan (as chosen by Switzerland’s perviest otaku)

Overseas otaku says he learned some things while traveling in Japan, but many say they shouldn’t have been surprises.

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This amazing Buddhist statue cafe in Japan could be a museum all by itself【Photos】

Coffee and culture on both on the order at unorthodox coffee house Kagari.

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We copy the look of Matt, Japan’s hottest male model as SoraNews24’s Meg becomes Mett

A digital makeover shows us SoraNews24’s selfie queen like we’ve never seen her before.

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Japanese tutoring company wants to help your kids get better at video games

But Gemutore doesn’t care if kids become pro gamers or not, because the company’s goals are deeper, and more heartwarming, than e-sports glory.

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Eating Tokyo’s most expensive pancakes required us to go through a security check

Mr. Sato eats the pancakes that won the heart of one of the most powerful politicians in Japan, but were they worth it?

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