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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So long, CDs – Japan’s Geo chain will no longer purchase used compact discs

Decision starts the countdown to the chain’s end of selling used CDs too.

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Japan’s Raincoat Man arrested for stealing 360 women’s raincoats, “As exciting as lingerie”【Vids】

Raincoat man’s reign of terror has ended.

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Okinawa airport’s must-eat Pork Tamago Onigiri finally opens a branch in Tokyo!【Taste test】

Tokyoites can now enjoy this favorite pre-flight meal of travelers without getting on a plane.

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Japan’s newest potato chip flavor: Convenience store fried chicken

Family Mart’s Famichiki is too delicious to be limited to chicken form.

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Official My Neighbor Totoro cookbook teaches you to make Satsuki’s bento and other Ghibli meshi

”Children’s cooking picture book” will delight Ghibli fans of all ages.

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Cup Noodle’s latest giveaway prizes are insane, even by Cup Noodle standards【Pics】

Nissin is never afraid to think outside the box, and this time they’re way outside of it.

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Japanese convenience store will now ask customers who ask for a fork to use chopsticks instead

Family Mart no longer gives a fork.

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Japanese town’s Pikachu, Eevee mailboxes are awesome, and there’s another Pokémon to see too【Pics】

Three Pokémon species are ready to send your mail on its way in this city south of Tokyo.

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Apparently Tucker Carlson never read our explanation of Japanese breast-related vocabulary.

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Two Sega fans get married in Japan, win at weddings with awesome Mega Drive wedding cake【Pics】

An edible Sega tower of power to mark the start of married life.

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Japan will officially reopen to independent foreign travelers in three weeks, prime minister announces

There’s good travel news for local residents too.

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Japanese hotels likely to legally require travelers to wear masks under revised regulation

Proposed amendment comes as Japan is expected to announce timetable for unrestricted inbound tourism.

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Japan’s newest capsule toys: Buff shirtless dude torso cushions, sometimes with very pink nipples

They’re not designed for human use, though.

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Is it OK to order pizza delivery during a typhoon? We ask Japan’s big three pizza chains

Debate divides Japan when storms hit and stomachs rumble.

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The Berserk art exhibition: A powerful, and hopeful, experience for fans of the dark fantasy manga

Our Berserk-loving reporter finds something to smile about while still dealing with the sadness of the series creator’s death.

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Forever 21 is returning to Japan, trying to avoid repeating same mistake as last time

Three years after disappearing from the country, the U.S. fashion brand is back with a new local partner.

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Mountain meshi hiking! Our guide takes us to the top of Izugatake for an unforgettable lunch【Pics】

Chains, stoves, and coffee in the mountains of Hanno.

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Hunter x Hunter manga finally has a release date for new collected volume

Manga fans have been waiting almost four years, but they won’t have to wait much longer.

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Down the steps to Kusabe Yoshimi, one of Japan’s three great “descending shrines”【Photos】

We visit this unusual shrine in a Kumamoto canyon and drink its water of eternal youth.

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Our team turns into old men on Respect for the Elderly Day with the magic of A.I. photo editing

It’s like looking into the future as Mr. Sato and his cohorts digitally advance themselves to a respectfully elderly age.

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