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

Japan’s clam chowder tempura is jiggly and crazy, but how does it taste? We find out

We imagined that this would be either amazingly good or excruciatingly bad, and we were right.

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Twitter debate erupts over Japanese book that shows man with Asperger’s refusing to work overtime

Opposing sides of the discussion offer differing interpretations of illustrated example.

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“Drunk Mode” added to Japanese rail navigation smartphone app

Too tipsy to type? One tap will find the way home for you, plus tell you how much time you’ve got before your night out becomes an all-nighter.

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Netflix releases first trailer for its live-action American adaptation of anime Death Note【Video】

The video streaming giant took the rights to a live-action Death Note movie…and made it!

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Extra-powerful double-green tea Kit Kats are the brand’s newest Japan-exclusive flavor

More matcha. More deliciousness. More reason to buy as many as you can as souvenirs.

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Ninja shortage! Nagoya company’s HR crunch may be your gain as it looks to hire full-time shinobi

Ninja team in one of Japan’s largest cities needs new members, and neither Japanese fluency nor citizenship is required.

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All-night, all-free cosplay event to be held at Tokyo bookstore, applications now being accepted

Love of anime, light novels, and/or costuming essential, desire to actually sleep optional.

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In both one and two-piece bathing suits, One Piece anime figures continue to be ocean-boiling hot

Two more of the anime and manga franchise’s characters get the “bathing beauty” treatment.

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A sexy penguin, Studio Ghibli cats, and other cosplayers take over Osaka for Street Festa【Pics】

Now in its 13th year, the Den Den Town event is one of the biggest otaku gatherings in central Japan.

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Japanese college women pick between men who’re short and handsome or tall and plain in survey

When they can’t have it all, where do their priorities lie?

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New Sailor Moon fashion lineup is stylish, cute, and, shockingly, actually affordable!【Photos】

One of Japan’s most popular casual clothing retailers finally brings Sailor Moon clothing and accessory options to everyday anime fans.

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J-rocker Gackt further proves his coolness with surprise performance at middle school graduation

In what’s become an annual tradition, the star musician gave a group of teens the surprise of their young lives.

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Japanese college students discuss whether kids should be allowed to watch anime, play video games

Both sides of the debate express concerns about children’s mental and emotional development.

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Anime pro father and sons’ collaborative artwork series has somehow become even more awesome

Two young boys’ imaginations and one loving father’s artistic skills continue to combine with amazing results.

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Sakura season officially starts in Tokyo as cherry blossoms begin blooming in the capital

Japan Meteorological Agency makes the call one day earlier than anticipated.

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Japan’s Beautiful Leg Princess cream promises to make legs look slimmer through visual trickery

Contouring makeup techniques employed in product that’s billed as just the thing for warm-weather fashion.

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Virgin-killing sweater fandom busts out of Japan thanks to muscular foreign male cosplayer【Pics】

Designed to flaunt feminine curves, the virgin-killing sweater will also display manly muscles.

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Japanese man shows us the best thing to catch while playing Pokémon GO: Your lost cat

Long after the cat went missing, it was found while its 69-year-old owner was looking for digital wildlife.

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Japan’s weeping plum trees are so beautiful they’ll bring tears to your eyes【Photos】

Mie town’s garden opens its gates after nightfall so guests can see the gorgeous blossoms in a whole new light.

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One simple kanji character in super-simple Japanese sentence has five different pronunciations

Amazing versatility shows the depth and difficulty of the Japanese writing system.

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