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

Nintendo Switch game promises players can feel boobs that feel like pudding, water balloons【Vid】

The Senran Kagura video game series is poised to bounce onto Nintendo’s system the only way it know how: breasts-first.

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Tokyo yakiniku restaurant begins offering halal course meals for Islamic diners

Japan’s biggest Korean barbecue chain adds two set meals for Muslim meat fans.

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Ramen restaurant earns Michelin Guide approval even while outside bright lights of the big city

With no cosmopolitan cachet to influence gourmands’ minds, this ramen wins recognition purely for its flavor.

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Tokyo wedding chapel to host marriage ceremony so fans can marry their VR anime girl crushes

And yes, the grooms will be required to wear tuxedos at the private ceremonies with their video game brides.

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The sailor suit kimono combines two iconic fashions into one Japan-packed outfit

Versatile ensemble allows you to adjust the schoolgirl/historical balance to your taste.

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One year after start of his girlfriend recruitment project, our reporter finally goes on a date

And no, Seiji didn’t rent his companion for his anime movie date.

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Japan’s hot spring amusement park announces first rides, and onsen merry-go-round makes the cut!

Kyushu amusement park will also have “artificial intelligence duck races.”

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Bloomberg’s video makes Japanese business etiquette seem way more complicated than it really is

Common sense will actually keep you pretty safe when navigating the “etiquette minefield” of a job interview in Japan.

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All-you-can-drink whisky cocktails for under a buck at seafood restaurant with branches in Tokyo

Grab a friend for one of Japan’s greatest unlimited booze offers ever.

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Clever cosplay trick hardly costs a cent, will give you slender yet muscular anime hero shoulders

If you’re looking to bulk up for a cosplay or crossplay session, you don’t have to hit the gym as long as you raid the cupboard.

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Celebrate anime idol Ranko Kanzaki’s belated birthday with this awesome cosplay collection

Because it’s never too late to enjoy some stunning Idolmaster cosplay.

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“Ghost in the Shell for beginners” – Our Japanese film critic’s impressions of the Hollywood film

But is that a good or bad thing?

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Marvel Age of Heroes Exhibition opens in Tokyo, and we stop by to experience the heroic display

Giant statues, themed food, and exclusive merchandise are all part of the event at Roppongi Hills.

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New live-action Fullmetal Alchemist trailer shows off Ed’s mechanical arm, brother-in-armor Al

Preview highlights loyalty to source material’s character motivations.

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Unhappy with live-action Ghost in the Shell? You’ll be happy to know a brand-new anime is coming

Director of previous animated installments returns to co-helm new anime from Production I.G.

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Tokyo IT firm is looking for “Beer Interns” who’re willing to drink while on the job

No need to wait until the workday is done before knocking back a cold one, and it just might lead to a full-time position.

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Kyoto taxi operator starts “Silence Taxi” service, prohibits drivers from instigating small talk

Taxis in Japan’s most refined city seek to minimize unpleasant, awkward conversations.

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Japanese website is selling a pair of plain beige panties for almost $900,000

Artist behind the product says he’s making a point about modern society.

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Japan awards foster parent status to same-sex couple for first time

National government confirms legality of decision by administrators in Osaka.

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My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky kitchens to be recreated in life-size at Ghibli Museum

Special exhibition looks back on the amazing depictions of food in Studio Ghibli’s anime films.

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