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

Japanese Dad challenges daughter’s boyfriend to video game grudge match, gets kicked out of house

“He’s not fit to be my daughter’s boyfriend,” Dad declares after witnessing junior high school boy’s lack of fighting game skills.

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Fans decide Ash would look better as a girl in the new Pokémon movie, fan art ensues

Constant companion Pikachu also gets a girlish makeover.

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Tokyo proposes new law cracking down on requests for teens to share nude selfies online

Though it kind of seems like this should have been illegal already.

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What kind of lingerie do Japan’s herbivore men like? Survey investigates

Japanese intimate apparel maker investigates the tastes of Japanese men both hot-blooded and not, offers suggestions to capture their hearts.

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Japan’s most popular sake brand runs full-page ad asking people to stop paying so much for it

The goal of advertising is usually to increase sales, but for Dassai a love of sake, and customers, is more important.

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Trailer released for new anime movie from director of Summer Wars: Mirai from the Future【Video】

Anime director Mamoru Hosoda returns to time travel for an examination of the brother/sister relationship, but with one big twist.

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Used tissues and odors: The five most disgusting types of customer at a Japanese Internet cafe

Somehow, “customers who have sex in the booths” doesn’t top this industry veteran’s list.

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Dateless Japanese high school students create their own anime-style dating simulator【Video】

Debut work by teen creators smashes crowdfunding goal in less than two hours, aims to be better than made-by-adults titles.

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Deep-fried sushi exists in Japan, and here’s where to try it【Taste test】

Is this a country-fair style affront to Japanese cuisine, or a delicious idea we should have thought of sooner? Our reporter Meg finds out.

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Japan’s kanji character of the year for 2017 is “north”

Because one of Japan’s Asian neighbors had the nation’s eyes looking north again and again this year.

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Hollywood’s Alita: Battle Angel live-action anime adaptation keeps heroine’s gigantic anime eyes

“Does it bother you that I’m not completely human?” Alita asks, but it’s really just how huge her eyes are that’s freaking people out.

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Anime mecha Gundam will appear in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One【Video】

Old-school anime robot icon makes its Hollywood debut in adaptation coming next year.

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U.S. Marine hit by car rescuing Japanese driver from traffic accident in Okinawa, fractures skull

Local media makes no mention of father-of-three’s sacrifice, triggers angry, embarrassed reactions from Japanese nationals.

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Ash is going to look very different (again) in the new Pokémon anime movie【Video】

Pokémon’s leading man transforms yet again for new film with animation production from the studio behind Attack on Titan.

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Pikachu freestyle raps in battle with fellow Pokémon Mimikyu【Video】

Pikachu and Mimikyu used sick burns, but were they effective?

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Who knew Daiso’s 100-yen kitchen knives can become shockingly sharp with the right tools?【Video】

The knife may be less than a buck, but it can hold an amazingly sharp edge if you’re willing to spring for a nice whetstone.

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Manga shows how to fix major modern video game problem: Go old-school when choosing what to play

Two different scenarios, two completely different gameplay experiences.

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Japanese companies want to monitor employees working overtime using in-office flying drones

Developers say it’s a great way to improve employee health.

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Japan’s Final Fantasy Christmas cakes are a holiday tradition we can totally get behind

Why settle for boring strawberry shortcake when Square Enix video game franchise’s Chocobo, Moogle, and Cactuar are ready and waiting in edible form?

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Merry matcha! Starbucks Japan adds two subtly changed, deliciously different green tea beverages

Christmas is a time for romance in Japan, and we’ve fallen in love with the taste, and even the texture, of these two new Starbucks treats.

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