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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Senbero US$10 Japanese home drinking…with stuff from Ikea?【Japan’s Best Home Senbero】

Mr. Sato’s sausage party has a tragic surprise.

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Praise the super-deformed sun! Dark Souls cast becomes adorable SD figures【Photos】

Even in their new adorable forms, the video game stars still represent a mysterious and potential challenge.

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No CG here – Japanese company builds ridiculously gigantic mechanical pencil【Pics, video】

Yes, you can actually write with it.

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Cup Noodle’s Super Combined flavors become super-awesome combined robots made from the cups【Pics】

Empty instant ramen cups, gattai!

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Sign of autumn – Japanese sweet potatoes Frappuccino appears at Starbucks Japan【Taste test】

Is this yaki imo drink worth eating?

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This type of conveyor belt sushi tastes different in Tokyo than it does in Osaka, but why?

Same fish, same restaurant chain, but something is very different between Kanto and Kansai.

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Tokyo Revengers anime/manga takes over Tokyo Station with dozens of character posters【Photos】

Tokyo Revengers become the Nippon Revengers with special salutes to all the prefectures of Japan.

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Osaka finally gets its own Pokémon manhole covers with team of Electric/Steel-types

Hard work and tough sports are the themes of these newly installed Pokéfuta.

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Drinkable whipped cream in a can is Japanese sweets fans’ newest obsession【Photos】

Whipped Cream is a Drink is a dessert and a philosophy all rolled into one.

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Akihabara’s landmark “meat building” is being sold as pandemic continues to hit neighborhood hard

Mansei meat company can no longer afford to continue owning the building that’s been a local icon since 1991.

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Real-life heart of the cards? Amazing Yu-Gi-Oh! hand floats up to man in Japanese river【Pics】

Man says he got winning hand without even being in a duel.

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Mobile game celebrates fourth anniversary with a very unique creation.

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New life-size Gundam statue coming to Japan, and it’s a Nu one!

West Japan gets its first 1:1-scale mobile suit with the last mecha of the anime’s original hero.

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Anime crime alert – One-of-a-kind anime banner stolen from 72-year-old Tokyo public bath

Owners don’t think the Kageki Shojo noren thief was a fan, though.

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Tokyo Demon Slayer store’s edible “bamboo tubes” are surprisingly phallic-looking, fans find

Bamboo Tube Meat Buns have some thinking of eating another kind of meat.

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Believe it! Naruto live-action stage play returns, shows off huge new cast and costumes【Photos】

First new Live Spectacle Naruto production in four years adapts Pain’s Invasion, Five Kage arcs.

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Lotteria’s Tsukimi Rib Sandwich joins the fight for Japanese tsukimi supremacy【Taste test】

Moon-viewing shrimp burger and guilty-pleasure cheeseburger also arrive in our stomach.

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A house in the Japanese countryside for just US$9,100? You bet we bought it!【Photos, video】

Welcome to the SoraHouse.

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They’re all here! Japanese collector completes set of all 1,244 Game Boy games【Photos】

If you could buy it in a store, he’s got it.

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The top 70 words that keep showing up in Japanese light novel titles (and yes, isekai is one of them)

I Was Called to a Delicious Alternate World by the Too-Cute Devil Lord isn’t an actual light novel title yet, but it’s only a matter of time, data analysis shows.

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