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

New live-action Fullmetal Alchemist trailer shows off Ed’s mechanical arm, brother-in-armor Al

Preview highlights loyalty to source material’s character motivations.

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Unhappy with live-action Ghost in the Shell? You’ll be happy to know a brand-new anime is coming

Director of previous animated installments returns to co-helm new anime from Production I.G.

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Tokyo IT firm is looking for “Beer Interns” who’re willing to drink while on the job

No need to wait until the workday is done before knocking back a cold one, and it just might lead to a full-time position.

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Kyoto taxi operator starts “Silence Taxi” service, prohibits drivers from instigating small talk

Taxis in Japan’s most refined city seek to minimize unpleasant, awkward conversations.

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Japanese website is selling a pair of plain beige panties for almost $900,000

Artist behind the product says he’s making a point about modern society.

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Japan awards foster parent status to same-sex couple for first time

National government confirms legality of decision by administrators in Osaka.

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My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky kitchens to be recreated in life-size at Ghibli Museum

Special exhibition looks back on the amazing depictions of food in Studio Ghibli’s anime films.

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Awesome Tokyo dessert shop’s giant dorayaki is big enough, but too heavy, to use as a Frisbee

Dorayaki are usually palm-sized, but you’ll need both hands to eat this one.

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German linguist living in Japan says kanji characters used for Germany are discriminatory

Though the kanji can translate as “lonely country,” his complaint lies elsewhere.

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Over 1,000 idol singers to gather in Tokyo for massive fan event at Budokan

Idol Expo allows fans to worship their favorite idols in one convenient location.

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Tokyo all-you-can-eat ramen buffet costs less than 10 bucks and is near city’s most famous temple

Perfect place to pig out on pork stock ramen is waiting for noodle fans in Asakusa.

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Awesome mountain of meaty goodness now at beef bowl restaurant in Tokyo’s Akihabara and Shimbashi

Two kinds of beef, and a surprising amount of veggies, are keeping Tokyo’s otaku and businesspeople full.

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Japanese women list the top 10 romantic scenarios by which they’d like to meet a new boyfriend

From bookstores to barbecues to balance-loss, these Japanese women would love to meet the love of their life in these unexpected ways.

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Tokyo now has a photo-op Attack on Titan ATM in one of its biggest anime shopping centers

The franchise, now far too big to be just an anime and manga, is expanding into a banking tie-up.

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Japanese college students share four ways anime high school is different from real high school

Anime isn’t like reality: High school days edition.

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Japan’s new edible chopsticks have a special flavor, but don’t taste like “food”

Bold innovation isn’t motivated by ecological concerns, but a desire to preserve a part of Japanese agricultural heritage.

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Semi-secret Shinjuku sushi lunch is a great way to get your fish fix for cheap in central Tokyo

Delicious maguro tuna and all-you-can-drink coffee for less than most fast food set meals.

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Thank God only the arms are motorized and this berserk bunny can’t chase us.

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One Piece official lingerie and bikinis: further proof that the pirate anime is for grown-ups too

Japanese intimate apparel company that brought us Sailor Moon panties turns its eyes to another icon of the anime world.

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First new Cardcaptor Sakura anime in almost 20 years previewed in new video【Video】

New animated instalment to be released before start of new TV series, bridge gap between old and new story arcs.

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