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 fashion company’s modernized haori half coats will keep you warm and samurai chic

Love samurai-inspired fashion but hate the cold? Then you might want to add these warm Japanese-style half coats to your wardrobe this winter.

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Renting a hot guy to make you cry and dry your tears? We try Tokyo’s newest cathartic service

Because sometimes you need a little help on the way to and from a good cry.

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Tokyo looks eerily awesome in the fog 【Photos】

Or should that be awesomely eerie?

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Boob-bounteous volleyball game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 may not be dead in the West after all

Like the boobs of its busty characters, the chances of a western release for video game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 seem to be swaying back and forth.

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Breakfast for a buck! Tokyo university offering ridiculously cheap, mouth-watering morning meals

No one said the most important meal of the day can’t also be the cheapest.

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Interactive bikini-clad Japanese idol video: Perfect for those who like to watch, those who don’t

Ogle to your heart’s content or stare embarrassedly at the floor — it’s up to you!

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Boob-centric Dead or Alive volleyball video game not coming to U.S. or Europe due to “issues”

You want the boobs? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE BOOBS!

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Whaling film In the Heart of the Sea becomes The Battle with the White Whale for Japanese release

As one of the most celebrated directors of modern cinema, movie fans across Japan are no doubt looking forward to Ron Howard’s upcoming epic, The Battle with the White Whale.

Wait, what?

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Good morning, senpai! Company offering wakeup calls from real Japanese schoolgirls

Everyone has their morning routine. For some, it’s a cup of strong coffee. For others, a morning workout. And apparently for still others, a schoolgirl fantasy is what jumpstarts their day.

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Wasp and mealworm sushi on the (unusual) menu at the Tokyo Bug-Eating Festival 【Photos】

Tired of sushi standbys like tuna and salmon? An annual event in Tokyo recently served up mealworm nigiri and black wasp gunkan, plus a host of other bug-based foods and drinks.

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Feeling cold at night? Tokyo company will dispatch a hot guy to your place for a chaste sleepover

Ikebukuro-based company provides a shoulder to cry on and arms to sleep in by dispatching hot guys to spend the night at lonely women’s homes.

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Same character, different animator – Fans compile comparison charts for anime’s biggest stars

A ton of anime characters wear some sort of school or military uniform, but that doesn’t mean the shows’ art is always consistent.

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McDonald’s offering massive 48-McNuggest bucket in Japan, but true idol fans need to eat 1,200

Because why stop at 40 pieces when you could order 48, or just keep going into quadruple digits to really support your favorite Japanese idol singer?

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Real-world Russia is a surprisingly awesome backdrop for anime girl Photoshop fan art【Photos】

If anime girls suddenly started appearing in reality, you’d probably expect them to first show up in Japan, right? But as this collection of fan art photo edits proves, they look equally at home in Russia, Portugal, and other parts of Europe.

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History’s worst job? Japanese noblewomen used to hire servants to take the blame for their farts

What would be the ultimate luxury in personal service for a highborn aristocrat? Someone to draw your bath? Peel your grapes? Fan you with palm fronds? How about a servant whose job it is to take the blame for your farts.

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Japan’s phenomenally handsome gorilla getting nationwide DVD release

A DVD of Japan’s “hottest primate” is set to go on sale nationwide in December.

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Hello Kitty now keeping roadside construction sites safe in Japan 【Photos】

Hello Kitty goes blue collar for her latest job in downtown Tokyo.

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Police respond to explosion, suspected bombing at Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo

Bomb disposal unit finds remnants of suspected incendiary device at shrine for Japanese war dead in Chiyoda Ward.

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Police in Japan arrest five men connected with illegal upload of One Piece manga and translation

Pirate manga pirates promptly pinched by prefectural police.

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Video shows that in Japan, even the train evacuations are orderly 【Video】

After these passengers got stranded, they walked the rest of the way in such a precise line they practically became a train themselves.

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