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

We visit Legoland Japan to see if things are as bad as the rumors say

Japan’s newest theme park has gotten a lukewarm reception, and we’re pretty sure we’ve pinpointed the problem.

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Japan travel tip: Skip Nagoya hotel breakfast, hit up one of the town’s awesome morning buffets

Get a jump on the day by eating like a local at the all-you-can eat baked goods buffets of the city’s cafes.

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Anime-style art encourages young women to report Japanese train gropers in new posters

Posters encourage women to “be high-rank girls by immediately reporting gropers.”

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Japan’s greatest anime voice actress, one of its most popular bands team up in beautiful ramen ad

Megumi Hayashibara, Bump of Chicken, and one more contributor create amazingly inspirational anime short.

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Japan has a chicken sandwich with hot sauce so spicy you have to sign a consent form to eat it

Lotteria, the craziest fast food chain in Japan, ups the insanity with its new ghost pepper sauce sandwich.

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The self-loving products manufacturer goes above and beyond in customer service.

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Tokyo’s newest mascot character: a smiling bright pink turd laid by Japan’s most famous dog【Vid】

The unofficial ambassador for Shibuya and Harajuku makes sure to keep the statue of famously loyal dog Hachiko clean.

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“Why Japan has so many vending machines” video makes some good points, but misses key factors

Some of the reasons Japan loves vending machines have nothing to do with an aging society of love of robots.

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Hotel in Japan has discounts for female bar customers who wear high heels, the higher the better

A pair of stilettos could slash your tab by up to 40 percent.

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Idol unit disbands after male fan discovered to have personal relationship with…idol’s mom?!?

Apparently it’s not just Japanese idol singers themselves who can cause a scandal by being chummy with the group’s fans.

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Over a dozen pigs occupy part of the Osaka expressway following delivery truck accident【Video】

Non-porcine traffic forced to use the slow lane.

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Tokyo cafe’s Sailor Moon cakes will have your mouth watering whether you’re an anime fan or not

All five Inner Senshi are represented in tie-up with magical girl franchise.

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Japanese School Swimsuits for Adults line releases new design with body-slimming styling

Just in time for summer vacation, the Japanese P.E. uniform gets transformed into something for grown-ups.

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Universal Studios Japan just built a real-life Super Mario level【Photos】

First glimpse of theme park’s Nintendo World expansion looks as awesome as we’d hoped.

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Awesome videos show Final Fantasy theme music sending trains on the their way at Japanese station

Makes train ride feel like an adventure, passengers feel like victorious heroes.

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All-you-can drink beer, cocktails, and udon noodle meals in Tokyo restaurant for just nine bucks

Self-serve beer tap and shochu bottles keep the drinks flowing and the prices low.

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There’s plenty of skin on display, but not from where most people were expecting.

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American-made live-action TV series adaptation of anime Cowboy Bebop in production

After decades of rumors of a Hollywood movie version of the anime classic, there are now plans to bring the space cowboys to TV instead.

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New Pokémon games coming to Nintendo Switch and 3DS this fall!【Videos】

Franchise makes it first appearance on Nintendo’s newest system, and also offers a return trip to the Alola region on 3DS.

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Twitter manga is a declaration of Japan’s singles’ and childless couples’ right to be happy

Illustrator spreads the word about a happiness that comes from choosing not to get married or have kids.

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