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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Japan’s Pineapple x Pizza Yes or No General Election results are in, and it’s a landslide

Japanese pizza fans take strong stance in pineapple poll.

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Uniqlo creates Oshi no Ko T-shirt line so you can show support for anime idols【Photos】

Idol saga/murder thriller provides fashions for adults and kids.

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Evangelion singer cancels appearance at anime orchestra concert over use of AI-generated artwork

“Cruel Angel’s Thesis” singer says she can’t see eye-to-eye with organizers of Tokyo anime concert series.

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Manga artist Nikiichi Tobita announces hiatus for totally understandable, very happy reason

Given the nature of his series, there’s really no way he could be expected to be working at a time like this.

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Taiwan’s most beautiful politician kicks groper in balls during visit to Japan

Thanks Japanese police for response, says attacker wasn’t Japanese.

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Amazing papercraft kit looks, and even sounds, just like the Nintendo Famicom【Photos】

Celebrate the 40th (or 41st ) birthday of Nintendo’s game-changing video game console by putting together a perfect paper replica.

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Permanent video game art museum now being built in Japan

Real estate developer with ties to famous game developer spearheading project south of Tokyo.

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Filipino man jumps into ocean to save drowning boy in Japan, gives too-cool statement after

Real heroes don’t need thanks, or even a name, apparently.

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Daiso debuts new closing-time song designed to be easy for foreigners to understand【Video】

Previous music, which overlaps with a well-known song in the west, deemed not understandable by many foreign shoppers.

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No-bus Kyoto sightseeing! SoraNews24’s ultimate on-foot guide for Japan’s former capital【Part 3】

Heian Shrine, Nishiki Market, and more in the third part of our skip-the-bus route through Kyoto.

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Tokyo’s Shibuya district passes year-round public drinking ban

Ward cracks down on on-the-street boozing in unanimous vote.

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Eight great Japanese sweets for celebrating Wagashi Day (or just for celebrating today)!

Here are our picks as we happily take Japan’s historical/cultural excuse to eat desserts.

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Can Kyoto supermarket takeout let you enjoy the local cuisine without fancy restaurant prices?

We go looking for high-class Kyoto delicacies at low prices.

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Poisonous blowfish instant ramen on the way from Cup Noodle’s Nissin

Fugu flavor at a price that won’t hurt your budget.

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Is Kyoto’s tourist-targeting flavored edamame specialty shop worth its high prices?【Taste test】

“Edamame, but not as you know it.”

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No-bus Kyoto sightseeing! SoraNews24’s ultimate on-foot guide for Japan’s former capital【Part 2】

The strolling story continues as we leave Kiyomizudera Temple and head to Sannenzaka and Nene no Michi.

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Low price, free booze and curry, late check-out, and great location — Akihabara capsule hotel has it all

Anshin Oyado is just a two-minute walk from Akihabara Station and has everything we need to get comfortable.

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Headed to the beautiful island under two hours from Tokyo? This sashimi restaurant is the first place you should go

Before you do anything else on Hatsushima, treat yourself to an amazing lunch at this fisherman-run restaurant.

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Nintendo unveils new Super Mario travel item merch line just in time for midsummer trips【Photos】

Mario, Luigi, and Boo want to help power-up your travel gear.

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No-bus Kyoto sightseeing! SoraNews24’s ultimate on-foot guide for Japan’s former capital【Part 1】

Maps and walking times for enjoying Kyoto’s beautiful historical sites while skipping its crazy-crowded buses.

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