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

Amazing two-in-one Sailor Moon costume becomes Princess Serenity dress in mere seconds【Video】

Changeover takes less time than the anime heroine’s transformation sequence.

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Do women who love manga have a harder time finding real-life romance?

Survey finds a big gap in the dating histories of women who enjoy Japanese girls’ comics and those who don’t.

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Anime-style magical girl video series promotes good subway manners…in Los Angeles?!?【Videos】

The City of Angels gets a new guardian of manners with the bilingual Japanese/English Super Kind series.

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Kyoto’s fox bride wedding kimono makeovers let you indulge in cultural cosplay

Photos studio in the historical Arashiyama neighborhood offers a makeover/photo package you won’t find anywhere else.

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Japanese tourism poster with elderly man saying phrase for “I’ll have sex with you” puzzles Japan

It turns out he’s just following the local hospitality custom, though.

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Model best known for her curvaceous hips has the camera on her chest in instructional video.

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Nicolas Cage had no idea he was being turned into a snack food in Japan

Creators of the Nicolastick apologize for harming the “image and reputation” of the Hollywood actor.

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Japanese portable alarm to keep laptops safe when working from a cafe smashes crowdfunding goal

Clever design means you never have to manually turn the alarm on or off.

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You can drive this car with a PlayStation controller, meaning Gran Turismo is now real【Video】

”The real driving simulator” indeed.

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Lists of what gives Japanese women a good or bad first impression of men are confusingly similar

Look but don’t stare, be relaxed but energetic, and other seemingly conflicting advice has bachelors wondering if it’s all just about looks in the end.

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Totoro has a sequel? Thousands of Japanese Twitter users shocked to learn of Ghibli follow-up

Twitter user shares screenshots of Hayao Miyazaki anime that surprising number of fans haven’t heard of, and which can be seen next month.

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New My Little Pony cafe opens in Tokyo with themed foods, exclusive merchandise

Fans snap photos with Pinkie Pie herself at the Harajuku eatery.

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Amazon is opening a brick-and-mortar bar in Tokyo, giving us a reason to leave our homes

Human and virtual sommeliers help customers pick out the perfect beer, wine, or sake in “bar with no menu.”

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Is a Game Boy Classic Edition on the way? Alleged Nintendo trademark application sparks rumors

The word “Game Boy” doesn’t appear in alleged document, but there’s no mistaking that image for anything else.

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Pocky gets elegantly mature with new flavor designed to be paired with red wine

Japan’s favorite chocolate pretzel snack is set to add some sweet sophistication to your next occasion to crack open a bottle of red.

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Pot dog — Japanese woman arrested at airport after hiding drugs inside hot dog bun

College student’s European vacation comes to an unhappy ending in Hiroshima.

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Officially licensed anime guillotine just might be the weirdest otaku merch ever

Absolutely perfect interior accent for anime aficionados or execution enthusiasts, and it could be yours free!

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The pros and cons of having otaku parents, according to Japanese anime fans

”I wish my mom would stop trying to make me a boys’ love fan,” laments frustrated son.

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Japanese karaoke chain offers discounts for couples who kiss in front of the employees

Free drinks and desserts also part of unusual promotion.

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Black-cat-wearing-white-panties underwear appears in Japan with extra-long crotch fur

Eye-catching undergarments are meant to provide multiple layers of warmth and meaning.

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