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

Jaw-dropping Japanese “sea of clouds” is a great reason to visit Tokyo’s northern neighbor

Just a few hours outside of Tokyo, but visually worlds away.

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As Japanese schoolgirls graduate, some uniforms are being sold to start second, skeevy lives

If the school uniforms’ original owners don’t want them anymore, there are some guys who do.

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”The woman with the anime body” is keeping interest in the sexy sweater from becoming flaccid.

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Strawberries that aren’t red, plus other amazing optical illusions from Japan’s Akiyoshi Kitaoka

The Kyoto psychology professor is making people all over the world doubt their eyes.

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Tokyo is getting a new giant Gundam robot statue this fall and it’ll be even bigger than the last

The original Gundam statue is no more, but dry your tears, anime fans, because a new mecha is on the way.

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Nintendo hid a secret message on the Switch’s Pro Controller

Gamers have been searching for secrets in Nintendo games for decades, but this time there’s one waiting for them on the hardware.

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Tokyo police department’s disaster safety tip: How to make a lantern using a bottle of water

Bright idea could keep you safe if an earthquake or typhoon leaves you without electricity.

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Awesome Japanese teacher creates Studio Ghibli chalkboard art to celebrate students’ graduation

Annual tradition is more beautiful than ever this year.

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Stylish Japanese “boyfriend’s dress shirt dresses” are boyish and girlish all at once

Clever alterations make this a better choice than anything hanging in your boyfriend’s closet.

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Japanese chef’s awesome giant pancake makes us want to cook them the old fashioned way again

Drawing inspiration from an internationally beloved children’s book, chef creates a hybrid pancake/cookie.

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Japan’s coffee-flavored toast spread is now on sale, but how does it taste? We find out

Who’s ready to eat their morning coffee?

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Here’s the first trailer for the Pokémon reboot/remake anime movie【Video】

Pokémon’s 20th theatrical feature is shaping up to be an emotional, lavishly animated look back to the series’ very start.

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Instead of waiting for Nintendo’s Switch, this awesome gamer made his own portable Super Famicom

Sure, Nintendo’s upcoming hybrid system looks cool, but retro gamers are already gushing over this cool customization of a classic console.

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Decisions, decisions. Artist presents choice between anime girls with different braids, ponytails

With some artistic decisions, the longer you think about them, the harder they become.

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Taiwanese cosplayer charms Internet with incredible cosplay from Final Fantasy and Overwatch

Talented costumer’s international inspirations are winning her fans around the globe.

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Man who stabbed Japanese idol over 20 times convicted of crime, sentenced to prison

Victim of horrific attack testifies at trial.

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Male cosplayer’s virgin-killing sweater photos have Japanese Internet enthralled all over again

Women are still modeling the sexy outfit too, but today this buff cosplayer is stealing the spotlight.

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Clever Kimonoket combines the style of a kimono with the coziness of a sleeveless blanket

Samurai-style Snuggie seeks to help travelers fly in comfort.

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Häagen-Dazs new Japanese ice cream looks freaky, tastes great

We fall under the dark, stretchy spell of the company’s newest mochi ice cream.

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Awesome Tokyo ramen restaurant’s all-you-can-drink plans start at less than three bucks

Come for the unlimited beer, stay for the Japanese-style fried chicken (and probably the ramen).

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