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.

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Ghibli toy creature cars — Nausicaa’s Ohmu’s have become creepily cute pull-back toys【Video】

Available in both calm and violently angry versions!

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Mermaid mummy stored at Japanese temple has true identity revealed after year-long study【Video】

Ningyo was said to have been pulled out of the sea by a fisherman in Tosa domain nearly 300 years ago.

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Totoro’s Catbus ready to deliver sweet Valentine’s Day memories with Japan’s Catbus choco cookies

Special Valentine’s Day Totoro cakes also on offer from Tokyo bakery.

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Japan’s top five retro hot springs for a time trip back to the onsen past, as chosen by travelers

Stretching from Tohoku to Kyushu, these are the top picks for when you need a soak and a break from modern stress.

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Japanese arcade lets you win Kobe beef and “Japan’s number-one beef stew”【Taste test】

Three of the most prized wagyu varieties are waiting inside this crane game.

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It’s now legal to buy beer and cigarettes at self-checkout registers in Japan

New rule for convenience stores goes into effect on day of announcement, but there’s some equipment shops and shoppers need first.

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Manga meat can be yours to eat in the real world with Manga Meat Bone kitchenware【Photos】

Handmade Seto-yaki ceramics bring a touch of wild class to your manga-inspired meals.

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Japanese genius creates concept of the ultimate nap chamber

Who needs a bed when you can recreate Japan’s favorite place to take a nap?

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We’ve already fallen in love with Japan’s Rilakkuma Valentine’s Day donuts【Photos】

The relaxing bear looks sweeter than ever with four-donut lineup.

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Domino’s Pizza Japan’s Big Dac Burger Pizza tastes like food from a completely different chain

Mystery of the hybrid comfort food’s name gets cleared up on the first bite.

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Often-overlooked castle in Japan looks so beautiful in the snow that we can’t take our eyes off it

Castle north of Tokyo looks like suibokuga artwork.

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The sushi has stopped revolving at Japan’s biggest revolving sushi restaurant chain

Sushiro hits the stop button on its up-for-grabs sushi plates.

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Totoro and No-Face red envelopes are here to help celebrate Lunar New Year in Ghibli style【Pics】

Anime icons from Hayao Miyazaki films sure to be welcome at any Lunar New Year’s party.

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Suntory’s prized Hakushu whisky is going into a can for the Premium Highball Hakushu

Canned cocktail celebrates Suntory’s 100 years in the whisky-making business.

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Full cast of live-action Final Fantasy X play appears in costume for the first time【Pics】

More than a dozen different characters from the hit video game will take the stage this spring.

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Haneda Airport getting rid of large flight information monitors at security lines in Terminal 2

ANA wants travelers to look for the information elsewhere.

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Live-action Evangelion play ditches Shinji, Rei, and entire anime cast for new story, characters

Turns out Shinji will not be getting on the damn stage after all.

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“Android” arrested for rice ball theft in Japan, Android Woman denies involvement

Android Woman says she wasn’t that android woman.

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer Enako cosplays as Spy x Family’s Yor, recommends brutal revenge manga

Enako slips on the dress of the Thorn Princess.

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Beautiful live-action Final Fantasy X kabuki preview shows Yuna performing Sending【Video】

Kabuki adaptation of the hit video game opens in Tokyo this spring.

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