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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Buying Japanese concert tickets may get even harder for foreign tourists with new government plan

Digital agency wants to link sports and concert ticket purchases to resident-only government-issued ID card.

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A visit to Japan’s Kirby Cafe to eat the Kirby car cake and more!【Photos】

Kirby car cake is the true breakfast of champions.

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Japan has a special foil for roasting sweet potatoes at home, and it’s like having a time machine

Kuro Foil is exactly the kind of culinary black magic we want at this time of year.

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Anime’s sourest dad is now a sweet dessert with the Evangelion Gendo cake!【Photos】

It’s like a distant, disapproving dad’s Father’s Day party in your mouth!

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It’s pretty amazing buses in this Japanese town don’t crash into this mountain every day【Video】

Nagasaki bus drivers handle hairpin with centimeters to spare.

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Mt. Fuji looks more like a suibokuga painting than real life in this amazing photo

Surrounding mountain range supporting cast makes Japan’s most majestic peak look even more beautiful.

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Tokyo Disneyland is giving the Haunted Mansion an anime-style re-theme

Anime-style characters star in limited-time mystery addition to classic Disneyland attraction.

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Japanese defecation survey says kids struggle with Japanese toilets, contributing to constipation

Girls seem to be much better than boys at using Japan’s traditional squat toilets.

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Slowpoke Sofa wants to help you live the slow life of your Pokémon dreams【Photos】

And yes, the designers made sure to include his tail.

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City employee in Japan kills wild boar with spear on elementary school grounds

Commenters surprised to learn that city keeps melee weapon on hand.

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Japanese World Cup team’s manners awesome as usual, locker room pics after unexpected win show

Japanese fans at stadium continue their considerate tradition too.

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McDonald’s Japan’s Fuwatoro Tamago Noko Demi Gurakoro is coming to warm us up this winter

Name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it should still go in your belly.

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Mister Donut lucky bags basically pay you in Pokémon for eating donuts, being a hero to friends

There’s no luck involved with this guaranteed-awesome bundle of sweets and merch.

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Japan’s purring cat cuddle cushions evolve into an even higher form of virtual pet life【Photos】

Premium MeowEver gives you the warmth, softness, shape, and even weight of cuddling the pet cat you can’t own.

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Ramen-based fuel now powers one of Japan’s most beautiful sightseeing railways

Leftover tonkotsu broth gets a new purpose in Kyushu.

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Cup Noodles Fried Rice: Super-easy recipe will make you a potluck or campsite hero【SoraKitchen】

Instead of making Cup Noodle itself your meal, you can make a gorgeous, delicious meal using Cup Noodle.

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Is ramen without the “men” a Tokyo dining paradox worth experiencing?【Taste test】

Tachikawa Mashi Mashi challenges the concept of what exactly ramen is.

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Japanese cop tells wild boar “I’ll shoot ya” if it comes closer, boar wisely heeds warning【Video】

Officer protects citizens without the use of deadly force.

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Visiting Evangelion’s Tokyo-3 anime locations in real-life Hakone【Photos】

Turns out Tokyo-3 is a really nice place to visit when it’s not getting attacked by giant space monsters.

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Pokémon Poké Ball rice balls now on sale in Japan, don’t taste like jelly donuts【Taste test】

7-Eleven is the next stop on our quest to become Pokémon food masters.

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