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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The dream of playing smartphone games on packed Tokyo commuter trains comes true thanks to Thanko

Hands-free-holder lets gamers keep gaming even when space is at a premium.

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Anime’s greatest pervert inspires all-female stage play in Japan with Takarazuka City Hunter

Wherever you find trouble and beautiful women, you can expect to find Ryo Saeba too.

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Muji cake mania! Which of the 23 flavors of cake they sell are the best?

We ate all 23, but when you can’t fit that many in your stomach, which should you choose?

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Tokyo cheerleader cafe adds male cheerleader service

New service is part of restaurant’s goal of “cheering for ladies and everyone who’s doing their best.”

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New cooking gadget turns your kitchen into a Japanese izakaya pub all by itself【Photos】

Why just be a home chef when you can be a home bartender too?

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Manga author isn’t so sure about stereotypical image of the timid girl who loves reading books

Bookworms are also warriors, he says.

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How a samurai’s quest for revenge created one of Tokyo’s best cafes, and it’s still open

Not far from Akihabara you’ll find Amanoya, but it wouldn’t be there if not for an assassination.

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Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire, make trains needlessly dangerous

Ridiculous problem could have been avoided simply by looking at a calendar.

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Nintendo’s newest Switch game will teach you how to make games of your own【Video】

Sure, Nintendo could make our games for us, but Game Builder Garage wants to put you in the designer’s chair.

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People in Japan can now earn 10,000-yen bounties for scamming scammers

Turning the tables on the ore ore scam in Nagoya can leave you richer than you were before the attempted fraud.

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Japanese mom’s ugly curry rice has a beautiful backstory【Photos】

Sure, there are onions in there, but this curry rice brings a tear to the eye for a different reason.

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Japanese fan artist kid redraws entire collected volume of Attack on Titan manga【Pics】

Awesome art project took a long time.

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Japanese hotel’s amazingly beautiful lobby is interactive art that changes with the seasons【Pics】

Every guest’s presence changes how the lobby looks, making each moment in time uniquely beautiful.

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Japanese town builds 42-foot, 25 million-yen squid statue as coronavirus response plan【Video】

An eyesore and waste of government money, or a brilliant economic recovery scheme?

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Tokyo restaurant doesn’t tell you its name unless you ask, makes us appreciate life’s surprises

Not far from Akihabara, there’s a soba spot that gave us food to eat and food for thought.

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The time farting lead to murder and the fall of one of Japan’s great samurai clans

Japan’s Chiba Prefecture was once ruled by a samurai whose death was flatulence-related.

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Demon Slayer Mugen Train about to do something no Japanese movie has done in U.S. in over 20 years

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba rolls on to its latest success.

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Japan has $10 bananas from the coldest prefecture in the country, but how do they taste?

Tropical fruit from Japan’s frosty north.

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Gorgeous gold Gundams are good-God expensive【Photos】

For the discerning, deep-pocketed fan who wants to go from Gunpla to Gungold.

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Japanese schoolgirl and karate teen subdue violent shoplifter

Martial artist happy to be able to put skills to use.

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