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

Shinkansen will require reservations for large suitcases, charge penalty fees for those without

Japan Railway boss says passengers “will be happy” about the new regulations.

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How to tell Japanese’s two most confusing, nearly identical characters apart from each other

Katakana is supposed to be the easy set of Japanese characters to learn, but there’s a huge exception.

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Graphical glitches turn Pokémon Masters mobile game into mind-flaying horror story【Video】

Some people say Pokémon is an RPG, but maybe it’s really a horror game.

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Complete adaptation of Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is coming, as a kabuki play!

Actor Shichinosuke Nakamura to portray warrior princess in story arcs Studio Ghibli anime-only fans have never seen.

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Here they are: The absolute best Final Fantasy X cosplay photos anyone’s ever taken【Photos】

Seven friends go on a journey and achieve something incredible.

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15 rude things not to do on trains in Japan【Survey】

In a country famous for its manners and famous for its trains, of course there are plenty of train manners to keep in mind.

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New black light train groper stamps sell out in Japan on their first day on the market

Nagoya stationery company caught by surprise at overwhelming demand for anti-chikan item.

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Sega has been using a different logo in Japan and overseas for years, and hardly anyone noticed

Blue is Sega’s image color the world over, but fans in different parts of the world see different things.

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Curry for breakfast! Coco Ichibanya, Japan’s favorite curry chain, now has awesome morning sets

Branches in Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Akihabara are ready with an appealing, healthy alternative to a bowl of cereal.

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Kyoto police release compete list of names of all victims who died in Kyoto Animation arson attack

Kyoto Animation lawyer expresses unhappiness that many victims’ families did not agree with announcement.

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Weathering with You is first anime submitted for Best International Film Oscar in over 20 years

Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name follow-up is only the second Japanese animated film ever to get the nod.

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In Kyoto, “Hey, you’ve got a really nice watch” is NOT a compliment, Japanese businessman says

That Kyoto resident might want you to notice something other than the fine craftsmanship.

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Ridiculously powerful hot spring bath in Japan earns both our respect and our fear【Videos】

Massaging waterfall-type onsen feels more like a martial-arts pummeling.

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Hong Kong counter-protesters gather to sing Chinese national anthem on streets of Osaka, Japan

Videos show dozens-strong assembly in middle of downtown shopping district.

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Snoopy reborn as adorable Japanese sweets, lives just long enough for us to cut him up, eat him

Let’s eat some wagashi Peanuts!

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Foreigner disappointed by Japan’s hazy concept of “work ending times,” so are Japanese people

Japanese coworker has “nothing I could say to dispute that.”

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Anime girl virtual YouTubers are running their own bar in Tokyo now【Video】

Virtual Snack provides real drinks and real conversation from charismatic bartenders who don’t really exist.

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Japanese gamer girl’s crazy controller grip shocks Internet, is unintentional blast from the past

Some see it as backwards or upside-down, but others remember it as the AC grip.

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New Dragon Quest legendary baby armor turns your child into the hero of life’s adventures

A Dragon Quest baby draws near!

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Japan has canned fried chicken, and we taste-test two types of no-cook karaage

A revolution in fine, lazy dining, or a concept too good to be truly delicious?

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