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

The mesmerizing art of stacking Japanese coins 【Photos】

Here’s a beautifully compelling reason to hang onto your change when you go shopping in Japan.

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Tokyo restaurant’s all-you-can-eat crab is less than 18 bucks, and its cocktails under 50 cents

If you like to eat or drink, you owe yourself a trip here.

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Japanese woman’s husband accidentally finds a sweet new use for her bra pads 【Photos】

While they’re designed for breasts, those aren’t the only things they can hold.

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Your Name becomes second-highest grossing Japanese film ever, has Harry Potter in its sights

Makoto Shinkai’s hit continues to surpass Hayao Miyazaki anime in box office earnings.

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PaRappa the Rapper returns in remastered version of iconic ‘90s video game 【Video】

Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next generation of consoles now.

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Fashion brand Diesel is now selling curry in Tokyo thanks to latest stylish cuisine crossover

Sure, Diesel can make a nice pair of jeans, but can it handle curry and deep-fried ham?

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Japanese women in survey reveal surprisingly low hurdle men have to clear to get a Christmas date

Majority say a guy just has to do one thing, and no, it’s not “be handsome.”

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Second anime cafe based on films of Summer Wars’ Mamoru Hosoda now open in Japan

After spending the summer in Tokyo, the cafe moves to another major Japanese city.

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Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno’s production company is suing Gainax, the studio he co-founded

Latest Evangelion-related desire is less “Get in the damn robot!” and more “Pay the damn royalties!”

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Goodbye, Gundam. Life-size mecha statue is leaving Tokyo next spring

But could the sudden farewell have a silver lining?

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Domino’s Pizza delivery bikes are cosplaying as adorable reindeer this Christmas in Japan

’Tis the season for crazy ideas from Japan’s most playful pizza delivery chain.

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Mercedes-Benz is now selling ramen in Japan【Taste test】

German automaker offers two kinds of noodles at Tokyo showroom restaurant.

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Cardcaptor Sakura sequel anime officially confirmed, already has vocal cast, scheduled premiere

New anime will reunite voice actors and director from original 1990s TV series.

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Chinese film is such a Mad Max rip-off that its own theme song seems to be mocking it【Video】

Also asks the soul-searching question “Should I say f**k you?”

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Final Fantasy XV’s latest bug is as hilarious as it is physics-defying【Video】

The last round of glitches was traumatizing for players, but this one looks like it’s worse for the game’s characters themselves.

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Ramen-flavor cooking sauce now on sale from one of Japan’s favorite noodle chains

Tonkotsu ramen flavoring isn’t just for noodles anymore.

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Video game fans pick the top 10 games they’d like to see made into an anime

One of Nintendo’s most popular franchises ranks high, but fails to snag survey’s top spot.

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Japan Railways opening reservations for ridiculously luxurious Kyoto-west Japan sleeper train

Train include bathtubs, skylights, and separate restaurant and bar.

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Nintendo announces its Universal Studios attractions are coming to the U.S. too!【Video】

Shigeru Miyamoto promises fun for theme park guests not just in Japan, but also California and Florida.

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Crazy infographic series shows why Japan can feel both shockingly crowded and amazingly empty

The tiny shaded part of each map represents half of the population.

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