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

Starbucks’ first-ever Japanese hojicha tea Frappuccino is here, but how’s it taste?【Taste test】

After the incredible success of the green tea Frappuccino, Meg tries out the new tea flavor exclusive to Japan.

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Anime’s top 10 gross but compelling series, as chosen by fans

Masturbation, cannibalism, and more make appearances in decades-spanning list of landmark anime.

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Disturbing video shows man pulling pubic hairs, flicking them on sleeping woman on Japanese train

Elderly man repeatedly commits disgusting act.

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Move over, sailor suit swimwear.  Now it’s the gakuran’s turn in the spotlight and water.

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Japanese woman punches boyfriend, charms Internet following his terrible restaurant manners

Just one more example of why you should always be nice to food service employees.

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Cowboy Bebop creator making new Blade Runner anime to connect the franchise’s two films【Video】

Anime icon Shinicihro Watanabe calls Blade Runner the film that’s had the greatest influence on him.

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An often-forgotten part of Japanese train etiquette that we should all keep in mind

Twitter manga reminds us that if you’re standing in this part of the train, you might be making the ride unpleasant for your fellow passengers.

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Super Mario’s super nipples make their video game debut in Super Mario Odyssey【Video】

Nintendo’s mascot goes bare-chested at the beach in his newest adventure.

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Full-body panties go on sale in Japan to serve the needs of “panty maniacs”

One-piece undergarment promises the joy of feeling panties on your upper body too.

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Netflix’s Death Note director deletes Twitter account, has had it with the fan complaints

Did someone write “Adam Wingard’s Twitter account” in Light’s Death Note?

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Heidi’s back! Girl of the Alps stars in breathtaking short anime from Kiki reimagining team【Vid】

The anime artists who gave us another look at famous witch Kiki turn their talents to bringing Heidi into the 21st century.

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“Nine grooming steps guys need to do to be popular with woman in Japan” sparks online debate

According to the list, the guy in the photo above already has two strikes against him.

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Japanese kitty picks a crazy spot for its daily catnap, becomes local celebrity【Video, photos】

Weird sleeping position baffles the mind, defies gravity and warms the heart.

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Adorable, edible dog buttholes are part of this new take on traditional Japanese sweets

The Shiba Inu once again shows up where we’d least expect it, makes us smile.

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Sailor Moon, Final Fantasy attractions coming to Universal Studios Japan

Theme park announces its first-ever tie-up with the pair of massively popular anime, video game franchises.

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New way for anime fans to make out with their favorite character: special mouth opening tumbler

French press meets French kiss.

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New smartphone app helps lonely women in Japan make female friends, forbids date requests

Asking someone out on a date, even for same-sex romance, will get users banned.

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Tokyo capsule hotel’s low month-long rates are an awesome way to sample life in Japan’s capital

Put the money you would have spent on sleeping in a fancier room towards a longer stay in Japan at this Shinjuku hotel.

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Female body types men like vs. female body types women like, according to Japanese Twitter

Two popular idol singers held up as example of differing preferences between sexes.

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In Japan, you can now get Coca-Cola pre-mixed with coffee【Taste test】

Vending machine-exclusive delivers more caffeine than standard Coke.

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