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

Sorry, kids. The U.S.-based ESRB doesn’t recommend Super Mario Odyssey for gamers under 10

Nintendo’s Mario has been the face of kid-friendly gaming for decades, but the ratings board doesn’t think his new adventure is for everybody.

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How to make “sushi” for your cats!【Video】

Celebrity YouTube chef Jun shows off his culinary skills with some clever twists on traditional sushi that cats are sure to love.

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Famous philosophers reimagined as cute anime boys by Japanese student cramming for entrance exams

Would anime-style Descartes say “I think, therefor I super deformed am?”

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Wonder Woman promoted in Japan with idol song “A Woman Can’t Sleep Alone,” angering some fans

Detractors call the title and lyrics of Nogizaka46 song, the video for which has just been released, a poor fit for the independent DC Comics star.

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Anime voice actress’ beautiful looks cause hilarious interview gaffe by pro baseball player【Vid】

Here’s what happens when you keep your eye on the idol instead of the ball.

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McDonald’s Japan has peaches playing together nicely in new white/yellow peach McShake

Japan is in the middle of a peach sweets boom, and McDonald’s shakes things up by using two kinds of peaches at once.

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Twitter manga shows four stages introverts go through when making plans to meet up with friends

There are ups and downs aplenty when you’re a person who likes to be alone but have plans to see people you like.

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Japan’s floral birthday crests now available as beautiful personalized seals

Full array of 366 hana komon, each with its own associated meaning and symbolism, is on offer.

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Gorgeous cat-themed Japanese gift envelopes: A perfect way to say congratulations to feline fans

Traditional Japanese art form gets an added kitty quotient.

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Tokyo’s new pre-fixed taxi fare smartphone service reduces the guess work of travelling by cab

Program starts field test this month.

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Idol singer girl sweat flavor fried chicken goes on sale in Tokyo

Yes, of course it’s made with breast meat.

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Anime Your Name is surprisingly awesome when paired with Top Gun’s “Danger Zone”【Video】

Should Makoto Shinkai’s anime have been about Top Gun Taki and Maverick Mitsuha?

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River of salarymen appears on totally normal, completely crazy day in Tokyo station【Video】

Oddly beautiful to watch, yet hellish to be in.

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These are probably Japan’s cheapest bra and panties, and for a very good reason

For those times when you want to feel like you’ve got grass growing all over your chest and hindquarters.

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Nendroid Face Maker lets you custom design faces for Japan’s most popular anime figure line

The only limits are your imagination and anime trinket shelf space.

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Why settle for a bento box, when you can have a full-on bento backpack?

Japan’s iconic boxed lunch serves as inspiration for a bag big enough to hold multiple meals.

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Fine art painters become fine anime boys in new romance video game Palette Parade

Boyish da Vinci and van Gogh have special relationships with friends Michelangelo and Gauguin.

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Video of Japanese man approaching “schoolgirl” on street is creepy, but not for expected reason

It’s not what it looks like, and for more reasons than one.

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Oreo crepes and cream puffs coming to Japan as sandwich cookies get their own dessert line

Four new sweets arrive in stores next week.

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Two Japanese idol singers announced as candidates for international 100 Most Beautiful Faces list

Former members of AKB48 and Rev. from DVL saluted.

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