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

Resident Evil’s zombie-making Umbrella Corporation logo spotted at skin clinic in Vietnam

Will treatments leave your skin smooth and shiny, or itchy and tasty?

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New Cardcaptor Sakura makes world premiere at L.A.’s Anime Expo, two months before Japanese debut

The City of Angels is going to be the City of Sakura this July.

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Hike from the sea to the peak of Mt. Fuji with new bilingual English/Japanese guide map series

New maps let you experience all 3,776 meters (12,389 feet) of Japan’s tallest mountain.

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Japanese man’s pet turtle lays eggs in his bathroom, helps him make a new group of friends

Instead of eating the eggs, owner parlays annual circle-of-life phenomenon into expansion of his social circle.

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Japanese fashion brand releases jackets tailored specifically for women with large breasts

Seeks to solve a big problem unique to big-chested women in Japan.

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Pikachu becomes a phone-charging butt plug in knockoff Pokémon merch from China

And it doesn’t get any better when he’s looking at you.

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Months after launch, Nintendo Switch continues to cause block-long lines at stores in Japan【Pics】

Stores hold drawings to randomly award customers the right to buy coveted video game system.

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Japanese Internet cafe chain evolves into Internet hotel great for backpackers, budget travelers

Private rooms with lockable doors, showers, mail delivery service, and online reservations in English.

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Sailor Moon’s Comic Heart Compact will transform your cheeks as a gorgeous blush container

Anime heroine’s transformation item really can change the way you look.

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There are so, so many ways the Ghibli theme park could be terrible

Ghibli fans have used their fertile imaginations to come up with multiple nightmare scenarios for the theme park based on the anime studio’s movies.

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McDonald’s Japan branch wants employees to literally smile for the cameras recording their faces

Fast food location’s Smile Improvement training is keeping an extremely close eye on employee conduct.

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Luggage service lets travelers drop bags at cafes and shops in Japan via English-language website

Boasts a number of advantages over taking your chances with coin lockers at the train station.

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Anime film Your Name’s director reveals that one character was very different in initial script

Makoto Shinkai’s initial concept for female lead Mitsuha would have rubbed audiences the wrong way, producer cautioned.

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From shouting “Condom!” to more romantically delicate methods.

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It’s Cardcaptor Sakura in the kitchen with new anime-themed oven mitts and aprons【Photos】

Kero-chan protected Sakura during her anime adventures, and now it’s time for him to protect your hands from burns during your cooking endeavors.

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Giga Big Mac, nearly triple the size of a normal Big Mac, returns to McDonald’s Japan this month

Daintier Grand Big Mac, still larger than McDonald’s signature burger, is also part of the encore appearance.

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Model for fashion brand Zara shows off anime tattoos along with stylish tops

Two of the biggest stars of Japanese animation make unexpected appearances in photo shoots.

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Starbucks Japan brings out a new green tea Frappuccino topped with a whole chocolate mini cake

Beloved flavors from different parts of the globe combine in dessert drink that promises to taste out of this world.

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Is Japan’s custom of folding the toilet paper into a triangle for the next user unsanitary?

Sure, it looks nice, but at least one hospital thinks it’s hiding a gross, unhealthy secret.

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Tokyo police claim prostitution ring let customers eat curry rice off a naked woman’s body

Hungers carnal and culinary allegedly satisfied by group operating in capital’s Shibuya district.

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