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 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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Subtitling glitch turns schoolgirl band anime into tale of drugs, guns, and murder

Teen heroines suddenly discuss the importance of hiding their narcotic heroin.

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Japan’s amazing screen door video game artist is back with new NES-inspired projects【Photos】

Intricate process creates characters that look as cool now as they did in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras.

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Concentrated coolness as Samuel L. Jackson and J-rocker Gackt pose for photo in Tokyo

Jackson and Kong: Skull Island co-star Tom Hiddleston rub shoulders with Japanese dub performers at Shinjuku premiere.

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Anime voice actress Maaya Sakamoto covers Katy Perry’s “Firework” in spectacular fashion【Video】

Veteran vocalist shows she can sing in English like nobody’s business in preview for Japanese release of animated musical Sing.

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Snack-loving Japanese hamster proves “super-cute” and “crazy-tenacious” aren’t mutually exclusive

Video shows that you should always keep your eyes on the prize, especially when that prize is a mountain of your favorite food.

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Udon chain’s awesome “Tempura Pass” deal works out to less than 10 yen per piece over five weeks

Prepaid tempura plan is totally the way to go, and even lets you choose fried chicken if that’s what your heart desires.

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Japan’s cosplaying Twin Idols look exactly alike, but not entirely because of their DNA

Even for identical twins, keeping up the resemblance sometimes requires a little help, especially when one of you makes a big change.

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Clam chowder tempura being offered by Japan’s most popular tempura restaurant chain

Tenya buries the lede (under other types of tempura) in its new “Bacon Chicken Tempura Bowl.”

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McDonald’s Japan tempts and pressures us with limited-time Hokkaido Melon shakes

We’re getting the shakes just thinking about these delicious-sounding McShakes.

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Beautiful ukiyo-e tarot cards are East-meets-West in more ways than one

Japan’s famous woodblock prints meet Occidental-style fortune-telling.

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The Pokémon Pokéwalker pedometer has been hiding a secret message for the last eight years

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver accessory once again shows that Nintendo will not be rushed in showing its hand.

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Japanese illustrator transforms super-rough CD jacket concept sketch into gorgeous art

A few scribbles and bullet points were all this amazing artist needed.

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Giant mecha spotted on Japanese highway by anime fan motorist【Video】

Patlabor’s Ingram is out on patrol.

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Häagen-Dazs opening sophisticated ice cream longue in Tokyo’s Jingemae neighborhood

Pop-up cafe caters to fans of mature aesthetics and sweet treats with customizable desserts served in cocktail glasses.

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Old-school titillation: A trip to one of Tokyo’s few surviving “telephone clubs”

In always-efficient Japan, it took less than 10 seconds for someone to offer us a “no strings attached” meet-up at the terekura.

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“Drinkable cream puffs” arriving in Japan, courtesy of new beverage from Beard Papa

Just when you thought Japanese vending machines couldn’t get any more awesome, here comes an awesome-sounding dessert drink.

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Japan’s new super-stretchy cheeseburger is exactly as advertised

The craziest hamburger chain in Japan is back to blow our minds and blow away our taste buds.

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All Japan Judo Federation drops requirement that women’s black belts have white stripe

Policy shift aligns Japan with international standard.

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