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

Says messages from overseas admirers “almost make me swoon.”

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“Pathway that will kill people who walk while using a smartphone” discovered in Japan

If you’re in this part of Nagoya, make sure you watch your step, not your screen.

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New Yuri!!! on Ice giant “marshmallow” anime plushies are almost here, almost all-head

Slender, hard-bodied anime figure skaters get turned into soft, roly-poly versions.

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Right now, this amazing Japanese park is bathed in beautiful blue from 4.5 million flowers【Video】

And it’s just 90 minutes away from Tokyo.

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One of the most popular burger chains in Japan is handing out free sandwiches right now!

Shake Shack has no problem selling its sandwiches in Japan, but it’s decided to give away over a million yen in food anyway.

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The top 20 places to visit in Tokyo, as chosen by travelers

From elegant gardens to stoic shrines and museums of fine art, Tokyo is full of places to stimulate the mind, soothe the soul, and please the senses.

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“I’m glad I’m Japanese” posters in Kyoto spark outrage among Japanese Twitter users

Mysterious posters draw concerned comments about the insensitive mentality of their anonymous creators.

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Shitty Shibuya – Dozens of human turds discovered on Tokyo train platform

Shibuya may not be the cleanest neighborhood in Tokyo, but even for this part of town, this is shocking.

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Uniqlo and Nintendo team up for awesome line of video game T-shirts representing 10 franchises

Super Mario, Pokémon, and Zelda series salutes among the winners in global design contest.

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Wait, anime IS like reality? How to recreate Ghibli’s Spirited Away “name-stealing” magic【Video】

You don’t need Hayao Miyazaki-level drawing skills or magical powers, as long as you’ve got some basic office/school supplies.

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Kyoto kimono fabric Sailor Moon wallet would look as good in Japan’s old capital or Crystal Tokyo

Centuries-old textile-making techniques are part of this stylish anime wallet.

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These aren’t drawings – They’re amazingly painted anime models that look totally 2-D!【Photos】

Labor of love makes the latest Gundam mecha look like something from anime’s heady hand-drawn peak.

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Figure skating anime hit Yuri!!! on Ice set to heat up theaters with all-new movie

Producers seem committed to keeping the story going, not just making an easy cash grab.

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Starbucks Japan’s new banana chocolate pudding is so good we can’t keep our language clean

Coffee house chain is now four for four with its pudding lineup.

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Love ballad to Pokémon’s Slowpoke is strangely emotional and romantic【Video】

Puppet theater music video about biting a Pokémon’s tail is a surprising tear-jerker.

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Nintendo announces New 2DS XL handheld, Japan gets exclusive color, elegant special edition【Vid】

Hot on the heels of the Switch, here comes another awesome-looking piece of Nintendo hardware.

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Loses sexy schoolgirl DVD, gains a piece of hand-drawn artwork.

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Japanese concertgoer sues idol group because dancing otaku ruined the show for him

High Court hands down ruling in three-year legal dispute stemming from different attitudes between hard-core idol singer fans.

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Cardcaptor changes – Fan makes cool before/after relationship chart for anime magical girl Sakura

The anime heroine’s magical powers aren’t the only things that evolve in Cardcaptor Sakura.

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Cute cat culture goes too far with Japan’s freaky new kitty skin care masks

No heartwarming anime-style artwork here, as these masks make the wearer look like a very large, very real cat.

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