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

Looking to add some Pokémon flair to your home interior? Gigantic Lapras plushie is here to help

This Pocket Monster is way too big to fit in your pocket.

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There’s one thing that really bugs me about the live-action Ghost in the Shell trailer【Video】

There’s been plenty of controversy about the casting and plot, but something else jumps out at me in the latest preview.

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Japan’s new cat eyeglasses will make the world look clearer and cuter

Correct your vision while experiencing the joy of a kitty hugging you with its soft, soft paws.

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In law-abiding, snowy Japan, even this deer apparently follows the traffic rules

If the town is nice enough to put up a sign for you, you may as well use it.

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Japan’s low-cost, cosplay-friendly hot spring inn adds day-use onsen plans and cafe

Now you don’t have to stay overnight to enjoy this awesome hotel’s all-natural onsen baths.

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Prime Minister Abe and President Donald Trump lock gazes in long, awkward handshake【Video】

Reporters’ request for eye contact goes awry.

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Beautiful anime bus will take travelers to Your Name’s countryside setting starting this month

If you’re an anime fan planning to make a pilgrimage to the real-life inspiration for Your Name’s location, your bus has arrived.

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Japan’s sweet and stylish Pokémon glasses are the best reason to ditch your contact lenses

Pikachu and pals are here to help you see plus protect your peepers during prolonged PC sessions.

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Kyoto temple’s women-only mausoleum accepts women who don’t want to share their husband’s grave

Zuishinin Temple is there for women who say one lifetime together is enough.

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Japan’s top 10 cat names for 2017

Having trouble thinking of a name for your new kitty? Here are Japanese feline fans’ favorite choices.

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Japanese company will send instructors to your home to teach you how to be good at video games

Now you don’t have to hit the streets to become a better street fighter.

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Clever Japanese mom creates unbeatable iPad ad-blocker that requires no downloads or updates

No programming skills? No problem for this inventive mother.

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Amazing Tokyo restaurant offers all-you-can-drink beer plans starting at less than a buck

This may be the best deal ever for fans of beer and shochu sours who’re tight on cash and time.

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McDonald’s adding new French fry flavor just for Japan based on nostalgic student snack

Fast food giant is looking to school its rivals with new “college potato” fries.

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This “manhole cover” from Japan is entirely edible, and we’d like to stick it in our piehole

Who knew chocolate confectioneries and civil engineering could be such a great combination?

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Tattooed Japanese woman suing nursing school after being suspended because of her ink

Attorney for single mother says she can’t afford to pay to have her tattoos removed.

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Need a soak? Amazing interactive map lists every public bath and day-use hot spring in Tokyo

Whether you’re a backpacker looking to clean yourself up or just want to experience this aspect of traditional Japanese culture, hundreds of options are at your fingertips.

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Train ride through Nagasaki Lantern Festival looks like a trip to the world of Spirited Away【Vid】

Southern city’s lunar New Year celebration is even more ethereally beautiful when viewed from the rails.

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Japanese personality test says you can tell a person’s character by how he or she sleeps

The King, the Hug, and the Half-Fetus all offer a peak into a sleeping person’s psyche, test claims.

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Japanese Twitter user shares lifehack for easing lower back pain using a blanket

Simple, speedy solution touted as just the thing to prevent backaches while watching movies.

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