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

New Kyoto Starbucks has the beauty, historical pedigree to be a sightseeing attraction itself

Century-old teahouse starts new life with tatami floors, zabuton cushions for customers.

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Hayao Miyazaki turns down offer to watch new anime film from former Studio Ghibli director

Anime icon says “I won’t watch it,” but at least offers words of encouragement to director of Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

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Pokémon fans can now get married with Pikachu marriage registration forms in Japan

Document features newlywed Pikachu couple and, yes, the words “I choose you!”

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Samurai chef serves ramen with a side of history at awesome restaurant in Japan

Ramen and samurai, two of Japan’s biggest cultural icons, combine forces.

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Japanese publisher sparks backlash over plan to have anime voice actresses pose for bikini photos

Japan usually has no complaints about swimsuit modeling, but this time is a little different.

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Why wait for the Shamrock Shake when Japanese cafe chain has awesome mint choco shakes right now?

Sorry, McDonald’s, but no way are we waiting until March for our mint dessert drink fix.

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Permanent Japanese residency to be possible for foreigners with anime-related jobs after one year

Japanese government to start fast-tracking select foreigner workers in “Cool Japan” professions.

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Classic anime Magic Knight Rayearth kicks off new cosmetic line with sword, gauntlet items

“Sword of rouge” sounds like a fantasy weapon, but it’s an actual part of this makeup collection inspired by the hit Clamp anime.

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Japanese hamburger chain replaces buns with beef patties for awesomely crazy sandwich

Mos Burger’s new Niku Niku Niku Burger actually shows some restraint in its name, but not its ingredients.

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Eight reasons otaku men are unpopular with women, according to Japanese Twitter list

Looks only cited as one of many problems.

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Divinely beautiful phoenix appears in the clouds over god of manga’s childhood home in Japan

The bird that’s reborn in flames is reborn in the sky.

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Nintendo opens free gameplay area in Japan’s Kansai International Airport

International airport closest to company’s Kyoto headquarters lets you start your Nintendo travel fun right away.

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Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League get manga makeover for new series in Japan

DC takes a page from Marvel’s playbook by teaming up with local artist to promote its franchises in Japan.

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How huge of an egg sandwich can you get at Subway with 10,000 yen? We found out

That’s not even a photo of the completed sandwich.

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Pokémon GO adding team-up battles to finally deliver on one of its earliest promises

Almost two years after getting our hopes up, Raid Battles are set to become part of the hit mobile game.

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Japanese diners pick their eight favorite types of sushi, create mouthwatering dinner blueprint

Japan loves salmon sushi, but there’s one thing these survey respondents like even more.

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Why is Japanese customer service so amazing? Because in Japan it’s one strike and you’re out

Warmhearted hospitality plus unforgiving customers equals the world’s highest service standards.

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Kiki’s back! Famous Studio Ghibli anime witch returns in jaw-dropping short animation【Video】

But it’s not Hayao Miyazaki’s studio providing the magic for this look at Kiki’s life four years after her movie ends.

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The wait for Attack on Titan Season 3 will be much shorter than the wait for Season 2

After dallying with side projects after Season 1 of the anime, the post-Season 2 break will be blissfully short.

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A heartwarming tale of mistaken Japanese train groping

Unsolicited touching on a train involves cars, disarmingly innocent desire.

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