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

Mouth-testing Japan’s porn-star-approved “testicle texture” gummy candies

Adult video actress draws the nation’s attention to gonad gummy-like snacks.

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Nintendo might be getting ready to release a miniature Super NES Classic Edition

27 years after the first 8-to-16-bit Nintendo video game migration, it might be time to do it all over again, so we called the company to see if they’d give us any more info.

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Turn an ordinary pudding cup into gourmet crème brûlée with this awesome trick from Japan【Video】

Genius sweets fan’s technique takes only seconds, requires no special equipment.

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Believe it or not, this isn’t a train – It’s a crazy Japanese rail fan’s house!【Photos】

Usually, when someone says they have a train room in their home, it’s filled with models, but this guy decided to rebuild an actual train carriage inside his house!

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Häagen-Dazs Bakery opens in Tokyo, and its baked goods are so good

In a country filled with great bakeries, you’ve got to do something special to stand out, and this shop/cafe in downtown Tokyo does just that.

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Low-tech idea yields high-tech-looking results.

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Amazing Korean cosplayer Tuna is the cosplay catch of the day【Photos】

There’s nothing fishy about these gorgeous anime and video game costumes.

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Fukusaki Anal Orb Instant Curry intrigues, terrifies Japan, as does town’s horrific mascot

Package promises three “butthole balls” in each box!

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Cherry blossom photography from celestial digital artist is otherworldly beautiful【Photos】

Whether day or night, Japanese artist Kagaya knows just how to capture the beauty of the sakura.

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Japanese supermarket sushi becomes even more awesome with cool new packaging innovation

Sushi from the grocery store gets an extra touch of class thanks to one tiny tweak.

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Pregnant Japanese woman’s ultrasound looks eerily like a character from anime Dragon Ball Z

Wait, is anime otakuism hereditary?!?

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Movie star The Rock cosplays as Pikachu to celebrate Easter【Video】

The Rock transforms into the most famous Pocket Monster of all to delight his daughter.

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Tokyo Disneyland employees are willing to take your bloody tissues off your hands, guest reveals

Hardcore hospitality recalled in comical recreation.

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A late-night visit to Japan’s execution site Cursed Pine Tree【Hunted Tokyo】

The tree is said to curse those who draw near, but thankfully divine protection is available nearby.

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It doesn’t count as a wardrobe malfunction if it’s intentional.

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Cardcaptor Sakura summer kimono lets you keep enjoying Sakura after the end of spring

Anime-inspired traditional fashion items include a Cerberus ornament that clamps onto the yukata sash.

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Tokyo indoor anime theme park launches new cosplay rental service

There’s no easier or more appropriate place to cosplay as some of the greatest heroes of the anime and manga world.

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Creating a cat island – Japanese organization plans to buy island turn it into kitty paradise

Cat cafe operator Neco Republic comes one step closer to founding its own country.

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All-you-can-eat fried chicken in one of Tokyo’s most fashionable neighborhoods for under 7 bucks

We found one of our favorite things in one of the last places we expected it to be.

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Japanese monk surrounded by adorable cats achieves supremely sublime breakfast【Photos】

A soul-soothing way to start the day.

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