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

New Pokémon mobile game, Pokéland, announced, immediately enters alpha testing with 134 species

Focuses on battles with adorable “toy Pokémon.”

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Grooming industry experts say an increasing number of Japanese men are shaving their pubic hair

The butt is getting more attention too, they claim.

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The only path to this Nagasaki Shinto shrine gets swallowed by the sea every day【Video】

A popular destination for those looking for love or trying to start a family, but you’ll want to check the tide schedule before you visit.

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Johnny Depp would like you to crack open an Asahi Super Dry in new Japanese beer ad【Video】

Hollywood star appears alongside one of Japan’s most popular musicians in Los Angeles jam session.

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Off-the-shoulder schoolgirl dresses look like something Japan would love, but it didn’t make them

The inspiration appears clearly Japanese, but the garments’ origin isn’t.

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How to buy Japan’s adorable, delicious cat-shaped bread【Photos】

Exactly when can you get it, and how early do you need to show up? We find out.

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Poké Ball mobile battery will keep your phone fully charged for all this summer’s Pokémon fun

Pikachu, of course, is also part of the electricity-delivering options.

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Tokyo’s ban on high school girls working in the controversial JK industry goes into effect this summer

Becomes the first city in Japan to specifically target businesses that boast about their customer services being performed by high school girls.

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Japan’s new Pikachu train ready to take Poké-passengers on a trip they won’t forget this summer

Adorably awesome Pokémon train is part of disaster relief project for tsunami-damaged region.

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Amazing Twitter artist makes moving manga that’s neither anime nor like anything seen before【Vid】

Innovative awesomeness utilizes one simple trick.

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Netflix releases first preview of Castlevania animated series, based on hit video games【Video】

Premiere date for Season 1 also announced.

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Persona 5 video game character’s shoes cause controversy in Korea【Videos】

Persona 5’s opening animation has style to spare, but gamers in Korea took issue with one character’s fashion sense.

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Three reasons you should go to Kyoto right now

There’s never a bad time to visit Japan’s former capital, but May is an especially good time.

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Japanese kid stuns Internet with awesome, rock star-like response to journal-writing assignment

When asked to look back on his week, this kid got full marks for cool bravado, but probably only partial credit for the assignment.

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Anime critic thinks Miyazaki may be unable to fill Ghibli talent void quickly enough for new film

Says Hayao Miyazaki’s fabled anime studio has dismissed roughly 200 animators during its cool-down period.

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Sounds like this year’s Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama is going to have other Pokémon species too!

Fans are keeping their fingers crossed about this summer’s “Not Just Pikachu Pikachu Outbreak” event.

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Zelda’s Master Sword has apparently become a real-life fire extinguisher in Japan

Discovered in an otaku mecca and seemingly protected by the Nintendo franchise’s legendary Triforce.

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Suspected jewelry thief captured in Japan in comically slow-speed foot pursuit by police【Video】

Suspect unable to outrun the law or the limits of his cardiovascular system.

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Japan’s pre-sliced cat-shaped bread: The greatest thing since non-kitty sliced bread

Feline-themed baked goods are as heart-melting as they are mouthwatering.

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Japanese professor concerned that female soldiers would be “naked” after bombs blow off clothes

Tries painting a dark picture of constitutional amendments, raises eyebrows for colorful imagination that resembles naughty anime or video game.

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