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

Pikachu and Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt co-star in new Pokémon ads【Video】

World record-holder becomes member of Pokémon Sun and Moon’s Team Skull.

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One Piece may be first and foremost a kids’ anime, but this sexy figure is definitely for grown-ups.

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Tokyo’s biggest ramen secret? This restaurant just might be the next Michelin star winner

It doesn’t have a star yet, but our research points to this Shinjuku restaurant getting the honor soon.

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Illustration shows difference in how Japanese men and women think of different women’s body types

Artist thinks men have a much narrower view of what’s attractive.

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Happy Pokémon Day! Pokémon GO celebrates with debut of special Party Pikachu

Party Pocket Monsters in the game!

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20 percent of Japanese junior high students score a zero on nationwide English writing test

Government test reveals huge gap in proficiency of third-year middle schoolers.

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Gucci’s Japanese-style “owl fan” is kind of cute, and also baffling expensive

Mundane materials belie an eye-popping price.

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Sliced chocolate is coming back to Japanese grocery stores, and it’s bringing a new flavor!

Somehow, chocolate sandwiches are about to become even more awesome.

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The beautiful booth models of Japan’s CP+ camera expo【Photos】

We were inspired to take more than a few pictures on our visit to the ongoing trade show taking place south of Tokyo.

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Yoshinoya, Japan’s biggest beef bowl chain, is now serving fried chicken in Tokyo

Not satisfied with dominating only Japan’s cow cravings, Yoshinoya adds karaage to its menu in Akihabara.

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Toilet teaching – Japanese programmer explains key concept with clever bathroom snapshot

This may look like a bathroom crisis, but it’s actually an educational opportunity.

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New matchmaking service promises to weed out fake otaku with pre-registration diagnostic test

Company plans singles parties for fans of specific areas of otaku interest.

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Japanese couple creates awesome Pokémon-style wedding invitations

Instead of Pikachu, these creative Pokémon fans have chosen each other.

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Tom Brady thinks a Pokémon character might have stolen his Super Bowl jersey

Pikachu is in the clear, but the pro football player suspects one of his anime co-stars might be guilty of the crime.

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Cherry blossom beer is back in Japan ahead of the start of sakura season

The flowers won’t be opening from their buds for a few more weeks, but you can crack open a bottle of this special craft brew right now.

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Dramatic, must-take photo opportunities have been hiding in Japan’s revolving sushi restaurants

If you can resist eating that mouth-watering sushi for just a while longer, you’ll be rewarded with awesome pictures.

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What’s hiding under all those Japanese sticker picture stamps? Twitter illustrator has an idea

Artist thinks those aren’t so much decorations as they are disguises.

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Japanese idol cosplay face powder provides gleaming skin for costuming needs

New product promises the look of “a shining idol singer.”

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Japanese “reverse engagement ring” helps women control their marital destiny

Company even offers a consolation gift if he says no.

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Japan’s matcha green tea beer satisfies two cravings in an awesomely delicious way

If you can’t get enough of Japan, or just happen to be the indecisive type, this mix of Yebisu Beer and Kyoto green tea is for you.

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