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

Japan’s new super-stretchy cheeseburger is exactly as advertised

The craziest hamburger chain in Japan is back to blow our minds and blow away our taste buds.

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All Japan Judo Federation drops requirement that women’s black belts have white stripe

Policy shift aligns Japan with international standard.

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New Japanese dating simulator lets you romance real-life YouTube celebrities

It’s a sign of the times as romance sim video game holds up YouTube video makers as dreamy potential boyfriends.

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Tuning the RocketNews24 company car to sound like one of our reporters moaning in ecstasy 【Video】

Because if you can’t make your car go fast, you can at least make it sound crazy.

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Japanese gang of elementary-school-age bamboo thieves let off the hook for heartwarming reason

Childhood is notoriously short in education-and-work-come-first Japan, but these tykes’ throwback idea of fun got them out of trouble with the law.

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Japanese company offers fake friends photo service to help customers look popular on social media

Great for those looking for online admiration or a way to stick it to an ex, company says.

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Tokyo lifehack: How to get rid of the “customer pullers” who’ll pester you in the bar district

Japan’s infamous bar barkers often won’t take no for an answer, but one veteran says this response will stop them in their tracks.

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Already tried green tea and cherry blossom? Sesame ice cream in Tokyo should be next on your list

Sophisticated ice cream being served by new parlor in capitol’s fashion district.

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Life imitates Poké-art as electric Pikachu battery packs generate too much heat, cause recall

Pikachu apparently doesn’t know how to tone down the strength of his electricity powers.

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Live-action Ghost in the Shell brings back main anime cast for its Japanese-dubbed version

The protagonist of the Hollywood anime adaptation will always look like Scarlet Johansson, but she won’t always sound like her.

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One of Japan’s biggest beef bowl chain begins offering low-carb meals with tofu instead of rice

Losing the carbohydrates gains you a taste of Kyoto cuisine.

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Twitter artist chronicles man’s tear-jerking revelation about father awhile eating ramen with son

Sometimes, we don’t realize how much we were loved until it’s our turn to love our own children.

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Busty Japanese celebrity pulls off daring anime cosplay based on sexy One Piece figure

The top-heavy, exaggerated character design of One Piece steps into the real world.

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Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson reveals that he’s an anime fan【Video】

And it’s not just the tame stuff he’s into either.

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Tsukiji alternative – Tokyo has a second fish market, and it turns out it’s awesome too

It may not be as famous, but it’s actually the only seafood-exclusive wholesale market in Tokyo.

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Cherry blossom party crackers from Japan let you stage a sakura shower anytime you want

Beautiful party supplies turn any party into a cherry blossom-viewing one.

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Stylish stockings from Japan give your legs a pierced look without the actual piercing【Video】

Clever garments let you dip your toes into body art aesthetics while skipping the pain and poking.

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Travel tip! Japan Railways to offer awesome new three-day unlimited pass for Tokyo and east Japan

Planning to spend much, but not all, of your Japan trip in Tokyo? Then this could be an unbeatable deal.

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Chilling Tokyo skyscraper sign shows just how tall the 2011 Japanese tsunami was

Numbers alone can be hard to visualize, but this makes things terrifyingly easy to understand.

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Sinisterly stocked Japanese convenience store’s magazine rack is shockingly dark

Those ropes don’t seem so innocent when you read what’s on either side of them.

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