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

Three reasons you should go to Kyoto right now

There’s never a bad time to visit Japan’s former capital, but May is an especially good time.

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Japanese kid stuns Internet with awesome, rock star-like response to journal-writing assignment

When asked to look back on his week, this kid got full marks for cool bravado, but probably only partial credit for the assignment.

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Anime critic thinks Miyazaki may be unable to fill Ghibli talent void quickly enough for new film

Says Hayao Miyazaki’s fabled anime studio has dismissed roughly 200 animators during its cool-down period.

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Sounds like this year’s Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama is going to have other Pokémon species too!

Fans are keeping their fingers crossed about this summer’s “Not Just Pikachu Pikachu Outbreak” event.

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Zelda’s Master Sword has apparently become a real-life fire extinguisher in Japan

Discovered in an otaku mecca and seemingly protected by the Nintendo franchise’s legendary Triforce.

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Suspected jewelry thief captured in Japan in comically slow-speed foot pursuit by police【Video】

Suspect unable to outrun the law or the limits of his cardiovascular system.

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Japan’s pre-sliced cat-shaped bread: The greatest thing since non-kitty sliced bread

Feline-themed baked goods are as heart-melting as they are mouthwatering.

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Japanese professor concerned that female soldiers would be “naked” after bombs blow off clothes

Tries painting a dark picture of constitutional amendments, raises eyebrows for colorful imagination that resembles naughty anime or video game.

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New Zelda speaker sensors make every trip to the bathroom a Hyrulian adventure【Videos】

Nintendo fans set up the gadgets to play Zelda’s iconic “secret” and “treasure” music, and the results are awesome.

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Elaborately crafted doll sells for $54,000 at hard-core doll otaku event in Tokyo【Photos】

Feverish auction comes to sudden end as buyer takes decisive action to claim the princess.

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Awesome Japanese dad gives son’s handmade cardboard Switch a massive, heartwarming upgrade【Pics】

Loving parent pulls the switch with Nintendo-loving son’s latest creative project.

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First in-costume photo from Digimon live-action stage production released

First live-action adaptation of anime franchise to open in Tokyo this summer.

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Japan’s anime-loving penguin turned to comfort of a 2-D girl after being scorned by his 3-D wife

Lost his real-life penguin wife, gained an anime waifu.

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Japan’s adult wrapping wellness trend is so weird it’s creeping out the Japanese people

Can reliving the womb experience help develop a healthy body and happy mind?

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Anime-style novel contest in Japan bans alternate reality stories and teen protagonists

Publisher nixes two of the most common storytelling tricks in the anime playbook in attempt to create something adults can enjoy.

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Never misclick on your smartphone again with Japanese Twitter user’s awesome life hack

Tip is a God-send for Net surfers and illustrators alike, and all you need is a pen (but you won’t be using it as a stylus).

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Japanese women sound off on the line separating a male friend and a boyfriend

Physical and emotional criteria make the list of top survey responses.

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Cat kimonos from Japan will help keep you cool and cute this summer【Photos】

Even the flowers have a connection to the feline theme.

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Anime Saint Seiya gets live-action “Hollywood” film adaptation, but will U.S. moviegoers care?

Series was phenomenally popular in Japan and Latin America, but will English-speaking audiences show up?

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Japan’s Pokémon cosmetics are back in time for summer and cuter than ever!【Photos】

Extra-stylish Pikachu and starter Pokémon adorn compacts, water bottles, and snacks.

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