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

Complete set of bedroom, living room furniture for cats created by Japanese woodworking companies

Videos show off nicer bed and sofa than we have in our human homes.

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Japanese umbrella strap helps prevent thefts by literally keeping an eye on your belongings

Creepy cool accessory’s clever construction makes the eye go into alert mode when you snap it on.

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Moviegoer hears otaku boyfriend gush to girlfriend over sexy anime heroine, but there’s a twist

”Shitty and creepy” Fate fan turns out to be not such a bad guy after all.

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Majority of Japanese men in their 20s say they want men-only train cars in survey

Older gentlemen show much greater willingness to share space with female fellow passengers.

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Anime canned coffee from China has us hoping for a sequel to a caffeinated beverage【Video】

Nijigen has Japanese influences both inside and out.

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10 types of people Japanese women hate sitting next to on public transportation【Video】

Porn, drool, and body odor all identified as major problems.

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Hayao Miyazaki’s latest comeback is so that he can leave an anime behind for his grandson

76-year-old anime legend wants the film to be his legacy after he moves on to the next world.

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Dumb criminal in Japan tries to sell stolen goods back to shop he just robbed seven minutes ago

Criminals are sometimes urged to return to the scene of the crime, but usually not this soon.

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Japanese photographer creates “water dress” through amazing practical effects【Photos】

No CGI water here, just the magic of patience and teamwork.

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Japanese artist shows darkness that can sit just outside of a “like”-worthy photo on social media

Oftentimes, it’s what we don’t see that tells the real story of the people smiling at the world online.

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Pokémon’s Team Rocket officially begins real-life recruiting new members this month

Considering a career in Pokémon crime? This could be your big chance!

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Japanese convenience store clerk stops robbery with wooden kendo sword and fighting pose

“I should tell you that I’m first dan,” he informs would-be thief.

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Tokyo disaster tip: How to make a diaper with just two items you have in your home

Disaster preparedness team’s tip could save your nostrils.

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Cute cat can’t care about culture as it ignores “Do not enter” sign on samurai house in Fukushima

Feudal warriors’ home fails to intimidate fearless feline.

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Team of loincloth-wearing men helps clean up one of Tokyo’s dirtiest streets【Video】

Scantily clad spokesmen in Shibuya also help give a second chance to juvenile delinquents.

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Sonic the Hedgehog goes to Hooters in Japan to celebrate the release of his new video game

Sega mascot plans to stay at Tokyo branches of the boob-centric restaurant for almost two months.

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Nuisance Cat smartphone gloves from Japan are an adorable problem we’d all love to have【Video】

These kitty mittens want, and not totally have, everyone’s attention.

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10 times Japanese train passengers aren’t so polite【Survey】

Even in famously polite Japan, sometimes guys forget their manners.

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A video visit to Doai, one of Japan’s most terrifying train stations【Video】

Hundreds of steps below the surface, and if you miss your train, you could be waiting on the dank, dungeon-like platform alone for four hours.

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Japanese custom of bowing to cars at crosswalks keeps locals safe, warms Internet’s hearts【Video】

Even people born and raised in famously polite Japan are amazed by Iwate Prefecture’s manners.

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