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 woman shows quick-thinking, marginal courage in clever cockroach-fighting plan【Photos】

You don’t have to kill your foes to claim victory.

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Women-only restaurant in Tokyo suddenly reverses policy, allows male diners 【Update】

Looks like this Shinjuku eatery is a boys’ night out option after all.

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Japanese mobile game has anime girls asking you detailed questions about your poop

“There is a life that can save in the shit,” promotional poster reminds us.

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J-pop megastar Utada Hikaru previews new song, hikes Japanese Alps in beautiful videos【Video】

The ordinarily attention-averse musician treks through some of Japan’s most gorgeous scenery.

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Taste-testing McDonald’s Japan-exclusive caramel shakes【Taste test】

We’ll take any excuse to drink shakes, but was this new temptation, over a century in the making, worth the wait?

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Amazing exhibition of Japan’s legendary “cursed katana” is going on right now【Photos】

Don’t forget to purify your soul before heading to this museum’s display of samurai swords that were designed to do just one thing: kill.

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Anime fan Halloween costume planning is now done thanks to cardboard Dragon Ball Z battle armor

Whether you’re a kid experiencing the martial arts classic for the first time, or a Vegeta-loving veteran fan with a receding hairline, you’ll look great in these.

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Adorable Japanese kitty is hungry, and he’s not going to take things sitting down【Photos/Videos】

This ploy for attention is working just fine.

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Teaser trailers released for Hollywood’s live-action Ghost in the Shell movie【Videos】

Here’s our first real preview of the Scarlett Johansson film based on the critically acclaimed anime and manga franchise.

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Bathe with Japan’s famous hot spring monkeys in the comfort of your home with these tub stickers

Because it’s always nice to have such cute company, right?

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Tired of booth babes, developer says the Tokyo Game Show has become the Hostess Club Game Show

Have organizers crossed the line where they expect more people will buy tickets to look at beautiful women than try cool games?

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Kyoto accidentally calls all old people “terrible drivers”【Why Does Engrish Happen in Japan?】

Japan’s most polite city inadvertently throws shade on elderly motorists.

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Tokyo restaurant’s milkshakes are so huge they have donuts, churros in them

And yes, that is a milkshake with pretzels and potato chips.

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Japanese cats watch weather report every day, but not because they care about the forecast【Vid】

The morning news staple is event television for these cute kitties.

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Japanese futon for your wallet lets it rest, claims to impart Shinto blessings

Luxury and divine assistance, all in one tiny, traditional package.

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Square Enix Cafe opening in Tokyo next month with revolving themes, delicious-looking sandwiches

The video game developer always makes aesthetics a priority in its software, and it looks like it’s doing the same for its new restaurant in Akihabara.

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Anime girls will keep you company as you eat your instant ramen with new AR promotion

So cute you could slurp them right up?

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Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name is about to do something no non-Ghibli anime has ever done

Makoto Shinkai and Hayao Miyazaki have vastly different directorial styles, but soon they’ll have a connection that’s unique among anime creators.

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Online image collection’s views of Japan are beautiful to look at, free to use

Whether you need to find breathtaking visuals for a website or pamphlet, or just want to lose yourself in the natural beauty of Japan, this is the place to do it.

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Fan recreates anime film Your Name’s trailer in amazing card trick form【Video】

Director Makoto Shinkai’s anime are often described as magical, so what better way to salute his latest project than a magic trick?

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