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

Video reminds us that in the anime world absolutely anything can have panties – even fighter jets

It’s unclear what exactly this new Internet anime series is about, except, of course, panties.

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Crazy Kyoto train will have a giant lens motif taking up its entire front end

Set to go into service next year carrying passengers from downtown Kyoto to Buddhist mountain temples.

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Japanese anime art guide teaches how to draw mature and handsome middle-aged men

New book helps artists keep their oji-san separate from their oni-san.

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Japanese idol fan arrested on suspicion of stealing massive amount of razor blades

Tokyo police say teen stole over 100 boxes of razors, and not so that he’d be freshly shaven for his beloved idol singers.

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Japanese female pubic hair shaving guides help users shape hearts, triangles, and more

In a country where many women choose not to shave their pubic hair, this company is offering some assistance to those who do.

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Crowdfunding campaign’s backer rewards include photo shoot with swimsuit’s official cosplay model.

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Potted plant that grows tiny leaping dolphins is the latest botanical muse to enchant Japan

Adorable houseplant is a relative of the hot dog cactus.

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New “rich girl” schoolgirl roomwear arrives to celebrate the start of the academic year in Japan

The Ojo-sama is the newest addition to the growing field of schoolgirl-style pajamas.

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Sword of one of Japan’s last samurai discovered in house in America

Progressive samurai was denied his dream of crossing the ocean, but his tanto still made it to California.

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Sailor Moon official fan club taking applications for 2017, with English-language sign-up support

Fans from over 120 countries now have the opportunity to join the Pretty Guardians.

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Cola-flavored mochi sweets are half Japanese tradition, half jiggly Pop Rock

Warabi mochi is usually flavored with soybean powder, but not in the case of these treats from Osaka.

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“Nurse Sticking Scissors in Her Mouth” and other photos from Japan’s craziest free image website

If you need a picture of a young woman blowing a conch shell or watching the end of the world, you’ll find them here.

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Octopus balls become octopus planets with amazing tweak to takoyaki recipe

Takoyaki dumplings are a ubiquitous snack in Japan, but we’ve never seen them like this before!

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Japanese company offers a “little sister rental” service, and our reporter just tried it out

RocketNews24’s Seiji becomes a big brother for an afternoon.

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Japan elects its first openly transgender man to public office

25-year-old politician draws on his own experiences of isolation during campaign.

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Cherry blossom cotton candy pizza sounds too good to be true, but it actually exists in Tokyo

Kanda brew pub combines three of the best things in life.

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Quite possibly the greatest food bargain in Japan: tasty convenience store pasta for less than a buck

This chain’s 100-yen pasta and noodle dishes are just the thing when you’re looking to stretch your budget.

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How to travel from one end of Japan to the other by train for less than 25 bucks

For the price of a couple beers in a Tokyo bar, you can go all the way from the eastern capital to the southwestern island of Kyushu.

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Explosive popularity of skimpy sweater leaves many with one less way to fry virgins’ brains.

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Nagoya Castle’s concrete keep to be demolished and replaced with traditional wooden structure

After months of debate, Nagoya city council approves 50 billion-yen (US$451 million) budget.

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