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

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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Sinisterly simple math puzzle for elementary school kids stumps Japanese Twitter adults

Get out your thinking caps, and get ready to possibly lose some of your grown-up pride.

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Japanese mom comes up with ingenious way to help preschool daughter keep shoes on the right feet

Keeping right and left straight is tough when you’re little, but this kid now has a kitty helper.

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Does Japan’s five-yen coin need a foreigner-friendly redesign?

Japanese citizens feel the symbolism-rich coin, which lacks something, can make travel in Japan difficult for foreign guests.

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Japan’s new “sex tent” targets campers who’re more than friends, not yet lovers

The H Tent leaves open the possibility of mating with your tentmates.

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Over 40 percent of Japanese high school girls say their dads smell bad in survey

Daughters also displeased with messy hair, flabby physiques of fathers.

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Kyoto’s modern samurai fashion label unveils summer lineup for fashion warriors

New designs and cool fabrics are part of the updated apparel arsenal.

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Pikachu and Kyoto candy maker team up for confectionary collaboration centuries in the making

After more than 300 years in business, famous sweets shop gets first endorsement from the Pokémon star.

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Artificial intelligence crafts gorgeous anime sequences four times smoother than originals【Video】

Researcher cranks up the silky smoothness with AI-assited in-between animation.

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Japanese amusement park opens doors to dogs, lets animals on rides with their owners

Dog days are coming to Fuji-Q Highland this summer.

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Häagen-Dazs’ new azuki matcha ice cream sandwich: tastes great, so messy it can resemble roadkill

Perfect for people who love sweets and carry napkins.

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Japanese women’s breasts continue to grow, reach historic tipping point in lingerie maker’s study

Intimate apparel manufacturer releases newest volume of Lingerie White Paper.

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