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

Amazingly young-looking Singaporean photographer is 50, but looks less than half his age【Photos】

Muscular, smooth-skinned Chaundo retired from modeling decades ago, but not because he lost his looks.

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Video accuses Your Name of copying two of its animation sequences from other anime【Video】

Side-by-side comparison points finger at pivotal moment in director Makoto Shinkai’s smash-hit anime film.

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CG saleswoman deployed by Japanese brewer to hawk beer at supermarket【Video】

The future of pitching alcohol has arrived in Japan.

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Your Name’s animated storyboards show anime phenomenon like you’ve never seen it before【Video】

Sketches hand-drawn by director Makoto Shinkai show initial vision for anime film’s opening sequence.

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Utena Cafe opening in Tokyo this summer to celebrate landmark anime’s 20th anniversary

The revolutionary girl is the latest anime icon to become the face of a cafe in one of Tokyo’s anime fandom hot spots.

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Liquid nitrogen-topped Kit Kats now on the menu at Tokyo cafe【Video】

Japan has plenty of awesome Kit Kats, but we just ate what might be the craziest one of all.

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Tokyo Olympics committee head: Manga parade would be good for opening ceremonies, but not kabuki

Chairman singles out two aspects of Japanese traditional culture that people of other nations “wouldn’t understand.”

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All-you-can-eat Yoshinoya and all-you-can-drink beer in Tokyo for less than 15 bucks

If you like beefbooze, or both, then this event is for you.

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Early otaku gets the worm! Idol anime fans pluck Tokyo ad freebies before most people start work

The Idolmaster compels otaku and gamers to get to Shinjuku Station at the crack of dawn for some cool free merch.

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A century’s worth of Japanese beauty trends, from silver screen chic to puffy-eyed catharsis

Shiseido tracks Japanese makeup movements through the decades.

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As anime Your Name comes out on home video, did it manage to beat Frozen at the box office?

Makoto Shinkai’s anime juggernaut was chasing the Disney hit, but which film pulled in the bigger audience at theaters?

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34 things that happen when just guys drink together in Japan, according to our eternal bachelor

Pointless competitiveness, unbridled perversion, and mysterious sadness are all on the menu, says our experienced expert.

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The Tokyo Olympics might be taking its Akira anime connection too far【Video】

One of the bleakest depictions of Tokyo in all of film is part of Olympics celebration projection mapping project.

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If you’re good at rhythm games, you might also be an expert at petting cats【Video】

Japanese gamer’s feline pet would be blissfully happy as a controller substitute.

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Japanese book teaching kids to reenact YouTube videos gets more hate on Twitter than it deserves

Educational book’s value is getting buried under all the grumbling about kids these days.

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Teaching English in Japan? New book helps students talk about the Illuminati, alien abductions

Other books leave out key phrases like “Isn’t the president of your company a Reptilian?”, but not this one!

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Japanese cafe tops its shaved ice with fire for an impossibly delicious treat【Video】

It’s not often that you find a dessert that can give you a brain freeze and third-degree burns, so we had to try it for ourselves.

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Japanese cat with a cat on its face defeats countless rivals for Internet attention【Video】

In a world where cute cats have become a dime a dozen, the best way to stand out is by being two cute cats at the same time.

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Penis peach found, appetites lost in Japan

Piece of fruit with an apparent hard-on is apparently a hard sell at produce stall.

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Celebrity cosplayer tests Japan’s new breast-enhancing optical illusion T-shirt【Video】

Does the tricky titillation tee work as advertised?

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