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

Divinely delicious-looking Japanese chocolates draw inspiration from ancient Shinto tradition

Magatama beads have been around for millennia, but this is the first time we’ve seen them in sweet, edible form.

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Heater-equipped hanten Japanese jackets mix modern technology and traditional winter fashion

Clever idea helps wearers cope with the cold with a new take on the retro garment.

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Five anime/manga series praised by Japanese fans for their realistic human relationships【Survey】

Franchises staring figure skaters and time-travelling robots make the list.

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Matcha green tea instant Cup Noodle ramen is here, with a totally unexpected taste【Taste test】

Does this mean ramen ceremonies will start replacing tea ceremonies?

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Anime song fitness video series kicks off with exercise routine for the Evangelion theme【Video】

“Cruel Angel” aims to make healthy otaku.

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Anime artist dad turns young sons’ sketches into awesome animation character designs

Concept art was apparently too good to just put up on the family fridge.

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Hayao Miyazaki interview quote surfaces explaining why anime’s Nausicaa has large breasts

Studio Ghibli co-founder seems to have had a profound reason for character’s prodigious bust.

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We investigate Tokyo’s “haunted” phone booth in Mizumoto Park

For decades, locals have said a woman’s ghost appears in the park at night, and our visit ended with frightening female fury.

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Be brave! Japan’s pitch-black “ghost ramen” tastes better than it looks

Diners will be rewarded for their courage at this yokai-loving restaurant.

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Mr. Sato shows how to work from home, even if you have to commute to the office

If you can’t take your work home, just build a new home at work.

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Japanese Twitter’s coolest song right now is based on the McDonald’s deep fryer chime【Video】

Fast food can make your body fat, but apparently McDonald’s fries can make your beats phat too.

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Japanese anime store giving special presents to customers who come shopping with their moms

Being open about your otaku status has an economic upside this month.

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Japanese vending machine panties aren’t dirty at all when they’re keeping your furniture clean

The new year brings a new set of underwear options for plastic drinking bottles.

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“Dust” in your Japanese green tea? Relax — It might just be freshness

Even some young Japanese tea fans mistake this mark of fine quality for insufficient cleanliness.

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Official English version of anime Your Name’s theme song sounds cool as Japanese original【Video】

Sneak preview released for new version of mega-hit rock song that will appear in U.S. theatrical screenings.

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Pikachu cosmetic compacts have an awesome surprise waiting inside

Manufacturer combines hot new makeup trend with cool tie-in to the anime/video game franchise.

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The 10 most attractive Japanese women’s names, as chosen by dating app users

Some ask what’s in a name, but women with these monikers proved to be more popular than any others on one well-known dating app.

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Samurai sword and ninja star chocolates from Japan cut open a whole new way to eat sweets

The worlds of katana and candy collide just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Your Name reportedly becomes highest worldwide earning anime film of all time

American website’s number-crunching puts Makoto Shinkai’s hit ahead of anything from Studio Ghibli.

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Lonely Japanese gamers giddy over the prospect of getting to smell girls in VR titles

Will new technology let them really experience the scent of virtual girls?

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