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

Anime One Piece to become live-action TV series…produced in the U.S.?!?

Surprise announcement comes at 20th anniversary celebration of pirate manga, as producer hopes to make “most expensive TV series ever produced.”

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Your Name Tokyo cafe bus tour lets you experience the sights and flavors of the anime

Tokyo tour visits locations from Makoto Shinkai’s hit, recreates the food the characters eat, and takes reservations in English.

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Japanese thief returns stolen bicycle, includes written apology and edible gift to say sorry

But even after all that, he still shows no intention of reforming.

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10 awesome ice cream and popsicle brands to try when you’re in Japan

Consider this your treasure map to the wonders hiding in Japanese convenience stores’ cooler cases.

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Legendary crescent moon katana, one of Japan’s Five Swords Under Heaven, now on display in Tokyo

One of Japan’s most beautiful and important katana is proving popular with history buffs and young ladies alike.

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Japan reminded of the importance of making yourself happy right now by elderly couple’s story

In Japan, deferring your happiness in order to work hard is a common choice, but seniors show that it can backfire.

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Chilling manga shows why sleeping with window open can be a dangerous way to beat summer heat

Japan can get awfully hot on a summer night, but there are some things worse than getting sweaty.

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Move over revolving sushi – Japanese cafe floats desserts to you on a beautiful river counter!

Eatery delivers sweets, drinks with the elegant cooperation of flowing water.

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ESPN tells pro gamer to change Street Fighter character’s costume to meet “broadcast standards”

The bodysuit Cammy has been wearing for 24 years apparently doesn’t comply with the network’s standards and practices.

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Pitch-black instant ramen added to Cup Noodle lineup to fill dark hole in our ramen-loving hearts

Special ingredient makes for an instant ramen that looks like no other.

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Kimono to keep, dressing service, unlimited beer, one of Japan’s best views all in one package

Unbeatable deal in Yokohama includes full-course meal and your choice from over one hundred yukata and obi sash patterns.

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Crazy-huge hail chunks pound Tokyo as “guerrilla rain” hits the capital【Videos, photos】

Summer may be the rainy season, but hail like this is freaky even for Japan.

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Japanese employees show almost unanimous support for in-office romances in survey

Idea of finding love at the office receives especially strong support from older workers.

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Chun-Li cosplay cold shoulders inspire crazy Photoshop “fixes,” help spread love between rivals

One of the biggest stars of the e-sports world once again creates smiles while suffering heartbreaking defeat.

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Struggling Legoland Japan will shut down for two days a week starting in fall

If you want to visit the Nagoya amusement park on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you’d better go soon.

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Work meeting isn’t going anywhere? Suntory suggests cracking open a (non-alcoholic) beer

Suntory plans to install non-alcoholic beer vending machines in Japanese offices for workers who could use a drink while on the job.

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The next Shinkai? Amazing artist creates gorgeous anime video’s visuals all by himself【Video】

Jaw-dropping graduation project has audiences salivating for more from this one-person powerhouse.

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Your Name director reveals initial character concept sketches, title, thematic goals of the hit anime

Even before it was called Your Name, Makoto Shinkai knew he wanted his film to be different from its predecessors.

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Kingdom Hearts III brings Pixar into the franchise with new Toy Story world【Video】

Sora teams up with Woody and Buzz to battle the heartless in a crossover first for the hit series.

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