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

Beautiful Chinese model is nearly 50, but looks decades younger【Photos】

Credits amazing looks to fitness regimen of swimming outdoors even in the cold of winter.

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Mamoru Hosoda, anime director of Summer Wars and The Boy and the Beast, announces new film

Titled Mirai, new anime will be a return to the “human drama” elements of Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

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Samurai style for the rainy season! Wooden samurai bokuto sword umbrella goes on sale in Japan

Unique design should be a hit with fashionistas and history buffs, and also hides a subtle anime cosplay secret.

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Häagen-Dazs’ special new flavor, Japanese citrus, is just in time for the start of summer!

Tangy, refreshing flavor comes courtesy of one of west Japan’s most beloved fruits.

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Chocolate to Put on Rice – The crazy condiment from Japan for when white rice is just too plain

Putting soy sauce on white rice is a major faux pas in Japan, but now there’s a flavorful alternative.

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Can’t stop staring at this model’s chest? The reason might be mathematical.

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Dead mom walking – Does anime have a maternal mortality hairstyle trope?

Anime fans search for the earliest example of what some consider a harbinger hairdo, but how did it get started?

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New dating simulator lets players romance anime-style girls in North Korea【Video】

Stay! Stay! Democratic People’s Republic of Korea! might sound like another example of Japanese weirdness, but it’s actually foreign-developed.

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Beautiful ukiyo-e woodblock print artwork appears on three of Japan’s premium beer brands

The works of Hokusai and others, admired for more than a century, lend a touch of class to your appreciation of a cold one.

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Idols talk with customers as their noodles cook at new instant ramen cafe in Tokyo

Customers in Akihabara are happy to pay large markup on instant noodles for three minutes in paradise.

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Japanese men list seven traits that would make it impossible for them to date a woman

They say you’ve got to take the good with the bad in a relationship, but in these cases, they’d rather pass on the whole thing.

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Magikarp song’s brand-new English version is full of love for the most pathetic Pokémon【Video】

And in Pokémon tradition, there’s even a minor change from the original Japanese version.

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“Sushi shaved ice” now on the menu at one of Japan’s most popular revolving sushi chains

After your sushi dinner, you can now enjoy a very appropriate dessert.

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Proof that everything looks awesome anime-opening style, even a video of bananas【Video】

Awesome music video is an anime-style testament to the power of dreams, friendship, and probably potassium.

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Japanese fishermen start morning wake-up call service to help you get your lazy butt out of bed

Need to get up with the chickens? Leave it to the men who’re already awake and hauling in fish.

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The blue/black or white/gold dress debate gets an anime edition, with a startling answer【Video】

Fan artist clothes one of anime’s top idols in two dresses…or did he?

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Sailor Moon official smartphone announced, but surprisingly not for Japan

Bundled package includes selfie stick and draws styling cues from multiple magical items used by the anime heroine.

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New Studio Ghibli handkerchiefs feature Totoro and the Catbus, and have a surprise wrapped inside

If you’ve got a hankering for some anime collectibles and some snacks, you’re covered on both fronts.

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Tokyo Ghoul anime cafe opening in Tokyo, to the joy of ghoulish gourmands

Eat like an undead and indulge in a little light cosplay at this limited-time cafe celebrating the upcoming Tokyo Ghoul franchise.

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Japan’s cat-shaped bento boxes are here to make lunchtime delicious and adorable【Photos】

Each design is modeled after a real-life rescue cat.

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