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

Akihabara restaurant Dante’s 10-buck steak: delicious, and so divinely cheap it feels like a sin

Splurging on tech toys in Tokyo doesn’t mean you have to skip steak for lunch and dinner.

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Japan’s Disguise Ice Cream is an ingenious way to keep roommates from stealing your desserts

The best way to protect your tempting treasure is by making it look like something no one would want to eat.

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Women’s thighs-themed cafe in Tokyo lets you admire legs while eating curry, spaghetti

Specialized photographer helps serve a very specialized dining niche.

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Shitty Shinjuku – 30-meter streak of human turd spotted in Tokyo’s busiest train station

Once again, human feces deliver a smelly shock to rail travelers.

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Another otaku bird? Hayao Miyazaki-loving cockatiel in Japan sings Studio Ghibli cover【Vid】

But while her owner picks the movie, the bird selects the soundtrack.

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Japan’s Cotton Wife and Husband huggie pillows evolve into downsized versions

“Cotton Kids” in everything but name.

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Japanese idol singer/anime voice actress is native English speaker, misses Girl Scout Cookies

Lack of Taco Tuesday in Japan is also a sore point for California-born performer.

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Tokyo police arrest man who drove car through city’s busiest intersection as pedestrians crossed

52-year-old driver fled because he was worried he would lose his job.

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Warnings about “the dangers of social media” have critics saying his statement appallingly misses the point.

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Hayao Miyazaki based one of Studio Ghibli’s most memorable anime characters on his own mom

Character dynamics in the anime classic were inspired by the relationship between Miyazaki’s mom and her four sons.

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Is that you, Godzilla? Tokyo zoo’s huge reptile is a dead-ringer for the kaiju when yawning

Carnivorous kaiju-lookalike doesn’t yawn because it’s sleepy, though.

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Japanese father worries his son is being bullied at school, gets a dirty, funny surprise instead

Cause of middle schooler’s depression is linked to one of teens’ deepest sources of joy.

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Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie refuses to die, new studio grabs abandoned film rights

Paramount Pictures thinks “blue mammal with one giant eyeball who runs really fast” is a fine foundation for a live-action movie.

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Nicolas Cage becomes a Japanese snack food as the Nicolastick is born

Promotional tie-in for upcoming film Bin Laden is My Prey has an inspired flavor choice.

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A piece of Japanese business manners that many Japanese people could do without

Farewells can be sad, but in a Japanese business saying good-bye can be a pain because of the country’s elevator etiquette.

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Organizers invite fart fans to “the only place in the world to hear beautiful girls’ farts live.”

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Anime fan shares ingenious lifehack to hang posters without putting holes in your walls

Cool trick lets you swap posters in seconds, won’t damage the walls of your home or the beautiful anime art.

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Japan’s Lolita maternity wear lets you keep looking girlish even when expecting kids of your own

Getting ready to add a new member to your family doesn’t mean you have to ditch the fashionable frills.

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Comely cosplayer steals the show in quirky showcase of Japan’s capital.

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Japan’s beautiful cosplay violinist dazzles the eyes and ears in cover videos, surprise concerts

Musical and visual tributes to anime including Your Name, Sailor Moon, often require her to cosplay as two different characters in the same video.

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