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 samurai armor bag collection expands with new designs, colors【Photos】

Now there are even more ways to mix old-school aesthetics with modern fashion.

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Figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva skates to anime theme dressed as Sailor Moon

Professional skater recreates Sailor Moon’s transformation sequence on the ice in Tokyo.

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Really, is there any more sensible way to spend that money than in obtaining a 1:1-scale figure of the female lead of one of anime’s most popular harem series?

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Keep cockroaches at bay with Japanese bug-hater’s clever, non-chemical idea

Home-made “bombs” aren’t lethal, let you swap insect invaders for a pleasant smell.

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Japan’s Zelda: Hyrule Lifestyle merch includes Master Sword umbrella, “secret” music sound sensor

Make your everyday life a little more legendary with a Hylian shield shoulder bag and other Nintendo nods.

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Further proof that the beloved, globular Nintendo video game star is marketed very differently in the two countries.

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Poké Ball breath mint holder series will keep you from being a smelly Pokémon otaku

Because when it comes to anime, video games, and personal hygiene, you can love all three.

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Mouth-testing Japan’s porn-star-approved “testicle texture” gummy candies

Adult video actress draws the nation’s attention to gonad gummy-like snacks.

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Nintendo might be getting ready to release a miniature Super NES Classic Edition

27 years after the first 8-to-16-bit Nintendo video game migration, it might be time to do it all over again, so we called the company to see if they’d give us any more info.

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Turn an ordinary pudding cup into gourmet crème brûlée with this awesome trick from Japan【Video】

Genius sweets fan’s technique takes only seconds, requires no special equipment.

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Believe it or not, this isn’t a train – It’s a crazy Japanese rail fan’s house!【Photos】

Usually, when someone says they have a train room in their home, it’s filled with models, but this guy decided to rebuild an actual train carriage inside his house!

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Häagen-Dazs Bakery opens in Tokyo, and its baked goods are so good

In a country filled with great bakeries, you’ve got to do something special to stand out, and this shop/cafe in downtown Tokyo does just that.

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Low-tech idea yields high-tech-looking results.

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Amazing Korean cosplayer Tuna is the cosplay catch of the day【Photos】

There’s nothing fishy about these gorgeous anime and video game costumes.

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Fukusaki Anal Orb Instant Curry intrigues, terrifies Japan, as does town’s horrific mascot

Package promises three “butthole balls” in each box!

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Cherry blossom photography from celestial digital artist is otherworldly beautiful【Photos】

Whether day or night, Japanese artist Kagaya knows just how to capture the beauty of the sakura.

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Japanese supermarket sushi becomes even more awesome with cool new packaging innovation

Sushi from the grocery store gets an extra touch of class thanks to one tiny tweak.

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Pregnant Japanese woman’s ultrasound looks eerily like a character from anime Dragon Ball Z

Wait, is anime otakuism hereditary?!?

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Movie star The Rock cosplays as Pikachu to celebrate Easter【Video】

The Rock transforms into the most famous Pocket Monster of all to delight his daughter.

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Tokyo Disneyland employees are willing to take your bloody tissues off your hands, guest reveals

Hardcore hospitality recalled in comical recreation.

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