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

Can you spot the cats hiding like ninja in this photo of a Japanese backstreet?

They’re not just alley cats, they’re shadow warrior alley cats.

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Idol singer dating bans are unnecessary, say majority of Japanese college men in survey

”Idols are people too,” says one man in favor of freeing idols’ love lives.

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Pokémon’s Eevee becomes the latest adorable PC cushion wrist rest from Japan【Photos】

Pikachu’s old Pokémon rival isn’t going to let him hog all the cuddly spotlight.

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Tokyo photo studio turns you into street samurai with armor photo shoot in the heart of downtown

Shibuya photography session will give you a literal snapshot of two of the coolest aspects of Japan.

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Disney Villain cakes and vampire Mickey Mouse coming to Japan in time for Halloween

No wonder Mickey doesn’t look any older today than he did 80 years ago.

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Words they don’t teach you in Japanese class: How to say “straw man” in Japanese

Could a straw man survive the attack of even a single sumo wrestler?

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Easy-to-use mochi-making kitchen gadget is here to help you create home-made Japanese sweets

With this cool set and a short list of ingredients, you’re never more than a couple of minutes away from enjoying some traditional Japanese desserts.

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Tokyo’s awesome all-you-can-eat deals continue with unlimited fried chicken for under 10 bucks

KFC Japan’s summer of all-you-can-eat fried chicken is ending, but at this Tokyo restaurant limitless chow can be your all year long.

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Historical race horse schoolgirl lesbian idol singers, all in one new Japanese video game【Video】

These fillies have definitely filled up at the anime trope trough.

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Restaurant turns Pikachu and other starter Pokémon into adorable Pokéburgers! 【Photos】

These Pocket Monsters look good enough to literally eat.

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Pocket Monster pandemonium as Pokémon GO launches in Taiwan, sparks shocking stampedes 【Video】

Whoa, who knew Snorlax fans had this much energy?

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Hamster-lujah! Japanese pet seems to be attracting furry followers to a new religion

Because they can’t take their hamster balls with them when they go, these cute pets seem to have accepted a higher power.

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Tokyo has an all-you-can-eat cookie cafe, and the amazing deal costs less than 10 bucks

Yes, they serve milk.

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Sega’s been hiding a snarky message on its arcade bags for two years but no one noticed until now

After all, “playing it loud” was Nintendo’s thing.

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Anime shoppers in Japan find amazingly lifelike anime girl browsing right next to them 【Photos】

For anime characters, does the light novel section count as non-fiction?

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Amazing $24,000 life-size anime figure is taller than the character’s voice actress 【Video】

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is the latest anime series to get the 1:1-scale statue treatment.

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Typhoon turns Tokyo motorist’s drive home into crazy aquatic voyage in flooded tunnel 【Video】

Out for a cruise, in more ways than one.

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Life imitates anime as huge Snorlax beds show up in Japan, become roadblocks in homes【Pics】

Giant Pokémon bed makes it easy to fall asleep, hard to move around.

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What’s more important in making a great anime, characters or story? Japanese fans sound off

Also, do themes songs or background music leave the bigger impression?

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Can anime voice actresses magically fly? Strange photo seems to suggest this one can

Haruka Yoshimura’s latest role is in a series about mahjong, but this snapshot makes the actress appear far from mundane.

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