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

Japanese writing system gets turned into handsome anime men with Hiragana Boys video game

Feast your eyes on anime eye candy and learn some Japanese at the same time.

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Japanese organization wants stricter regulations against people smoking on their own balconies

Take it inside, says critic of Japan’s “firefly smokers.”

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Ingenious anime T-shirt design lets cosplayers ship characters of their choice when cosplaying

Or claim all the love for themselves, if they so desire.

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Japanese idol singer has an important request for fans: Please use deodorant

Smelly handshake event prompts frank discussion and suggested solutions for common problem at idol appearances.

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Even when getting stabbed in the face, Pikachu remains cute, photos prove【Photos】

No attacks are effective at damaging Pikachu’s cuteness.

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Crazy Tokyo cheeseburger turns concept inside-out with cheese on the outside, bread on the inside

Journal Standard comes up with a burger that’s anything but standard, and also inordinately delicious.

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Tokyo’s matcha green tea tuna sandwiches: A culinary wonder we didn’t know we needed until now

And they’ve even got a special surprise in place of ordinary bread.

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The secret undo codes for Japanese elevator floor buttons

Elevate your elevator etiquette by deselecting a floor button you hit by accident.

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Japanese woman seeks justice after buying four million-dollar bills from counterfeiters

George Washington’s face, basic math should have been tip-offs.

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Tokyo’s new Gundam statue stands tall as torso and head are mounted【Video, photos】

From nearly 20 meters above the ground, the Unicorn Gundam looks out over Tokyo.

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Nagasaki Starbucks marks anniversary of World War II’s end with powerful message of peace

Coffeehouse chalkboard encourages customers to think about situations in coffee-growing regions of the world.

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Japan’s cuddly kitty pouches will fill your heart with love as you fill them with other stuff

Designers claim heart-meltingly cute zippered pouches are as soft as marshmallows.

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Pokémon terrariums let you feel like you’ve got Pikachu, Eevee, and other Pocket Monsters as pets

Six Pokémon species inhabit the awesome Poké Ball-shaped capsules.

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Please don’t make the stupid mistake of taking an “abandoned” bike for a ride in Japan

Just about the dumbest way to get in trouble with the law while living or traveling here.

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First-ever electronic taiko developed with help from world-famous Japanese drum troupe

Kodo drummers help modern technology blend with one of Japan’s most traditional instruments.

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Cosplayers pull off touching recreation of sisters Mei and Satsuki from My Neighbor Totoro【Pics】

Pair perfectly recreates look of the human stars of the beloved Studio Ghibli anime.

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Japan’s new sailor suit-inspired swimsuits bring classroom style to the beach

New design and colors from designer with a knack for mixing sailor suits and swimwear.

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Japanese idol reveals disgusting secret about stuffed animals she’s received from fans

Some of the plushies she’s received show signs of…use.

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AI website’s automatic anime character designs are cute, quick, and free for anyone to create

Picking parameters and having a brand-new anime-style character made takes only a few seconds.

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How to fold an entire origami schoolgirl, sailor suit and all, out of a single piece of paper

Japanese origami master shares folding steps to make something more challenging than a paper crane.

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