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

Yoshiki, leader of legendary band X Japan, to undergo emergency surgery in the U.S.

Surgeon says damage would be enough to “force a professional rugby player to retire.”

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Anime Your Name’s home video release announced, has English subtitles and is region-free

Missed your chance to see this decade’s biggest anime movie hit in theaters? Soon you’ll be able to watch it at home, with no language barrier.

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Arrives just in time to help people build their vocabulary in preparation for the season of shirtless days at the beach.

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Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir skates to music from anime Yuri!!! on Ice【Video】

Hit anime series continues winning over figures from the world of professional skating.

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Kimono Project is creating a different kimono to represent every country on Earth【Photos】

Crowdfunding campaign opens for Japanese international friendship initiative’s gorgeous designs.

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Japanese convenience store registers now playing Dragon Quest level-up music for shoppers【Video】

Iconic video game fanfare rewards purchasers of Dragon Quest Critical Hit-Flavor fried chicken.

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Japanese beach turned into beautiful fantasy world as nighttime ocean glows blue【Video, photos】

Bioluminescent plankton turn Kanagawa seashore into something that looks more like a Final Fantasy game.

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Just-married Japanese gamers’ quest for love ends with Final Fantasy/Dragon Quest-themed wedding

Creative celebration includes a tip of the hat to one more beloved Japanese RPG franchise too.

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Japanese idol singers put on hazmat suits before hugging fans at Tokyo event【Video, photos】

The six young ladies of this Nagoya-based idol unit skipped the frilly skirts when it was time to embrace their fanbase.

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Crazy Japanese cafe’s honey toast desserts are nearly a foot and a half of sweet bliss【Photos】

This part of Japan is often overlooked by foodies, but ironically it’s hard to see over these towering desserts.

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New Kitty Transformation socks from Japan will help keep your feet cute and cats safe

They say cats always land on their feet, and if you’ve got a soft spot for felines, these six designs should be a similarly successful fashion choice.

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Awesome website allows you to make your own Dragon Ball character, battle other fighters

Don’t let a lack of artistic skill stop you from creating the ultimate anime martial artist!

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Tokyo bike rental/sake merchant combo is a perfect way to explore the city, relax after the ride

Start your day with fresh-brewed coffee, fill the afternoon with sightseeing, and end it with delicious sake.

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Five currently airing anime series that will kill your motivation to work or study【Videos】

Our anime-loving correspondent Seiji says these anime series will give you a case of Japan’s dreaded, productivity-killing “May disease.”

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Japanese man recording everything he buys for little sister, plans to ask her to pay him back

But lucky for her, he’s using some very creative math to calculate her bill.

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Anime fan dating party in Tokyo at risk of being cancelled for failing to attract a single woman

If you’re an anime-loving lady, here’s your chance to save the day.

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Awesome smiling Shiba dog in Japan doesn’t have a job, still seems to know it’s vacation time

The self-satisfied Internet star is back, and this time he’s happier than ever.

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Here’s your handy Japanese Frappuccino reference chart to help you pick what to have at Starbucks

Can’t decide between all of the different Starbucks Frappuccino in Japan? We’re here to help!

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New extra-thick instant tonkotsu ramen: Japan’s next stuck-working-during-vacation meal solution

Maruchan eases the pain of working while everyone else is playing.

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Poll asks Japanese gamers if they’d break up with a lover who deleted their Pokémon save

Would having to say goodbye to your Pokémon stable have you ready to say goodbye to your boyfriend or girlfriend too?

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