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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A permanent One Piece-themed fitness gym is opening in Japan, now recruiting pirate trainers

The real treasure was the delts we blasted along the way.

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Japan to begin accepting tourists from the U.S., three other countries this month

Inbound foreign tourists will have to comply with numerous requirements.

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You’re not supposed to drink this special sake from Japan【Non taste-test】

Suppin doesn’t have a place at the table, but it’s definitely got a spot in our home now.

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This simple picture of a stairway is worth a thousand words about Japanese culture

Commitment to being considerate leaves a literal mark in Tokyo station.

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No CG here! Clever camera trick has Ultraman towering over the buildings of a real Japanese city

The tokusatsu icon gets a visual boost from a Yokohama landmark.

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Japan’s most meaningless road sign discovered, has Internet feeling lost

Umm…thanks, Gunma Prefecture.

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Japan considering doubling entry cap for overseas travelers, waiving on-arrival PCR tests soon

Testing exemptions would be based on nation of departure.

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Thanks to the shogun, this Tokyo Shinto shrine has good luck charms to help you win idol tickets

The historical reason this shrine in the heart of the city is becoming a must-visit for idol fans.

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Street Fighter Chun-Li now appearing on free prescription record notebooks at Japanese pharmacies

Strongest woman in the world wants you to be the healthiest person in Japan.

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Burger King Japan is offering dried ramen instead of French fries in its combo meals

“Would you like ramen with that?”

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My summer kimono Totoro! Ghibli mascot and Kiki co-star grace beautiful anime yukata【Photos】

Finally, a way to spend the whole summer with Totoro!

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This Japanese supermarket has either the kindest or cruelest slogan, but no one’s sure which

We have it all? Keep your mouth shut about our poor selection? It could go either way, because of a Japanese language quirk.

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Is this spicy Japanese condiment the secret to making desserts more delicious?【Taste test】

We heard yuzu kosho can spice up our desserts, so we put it to the test.

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Life-size Pikachu figure that wirelessly charges electronics fills us with joy/jealousy【Video】

And he’s not the only Electric-type Pokémon that can juice up your real-world phone.

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Why are some types of Japanese rice written with completely different types of Japanese writing?

Katakana is usually for foreign words, but there’s a whole class of Japanese-grown rice that has katakana names.

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Nara Park’s first baby deer of the year has been born, is totally adorable【Video】

Local animal welfare association has important request for people visiting the park during birthing season.

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This special Tokyo sightseeing cruise sails only once a month, shows city from new perspectives

The Ichinichi Yurari Tabi isn’t your typical short and standard trip.

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Which Japanese conveyor belt sushi chain has the best egg sushi?【Taste test】

Looking for egg-celence at Japan’s big four kaitenzushi restaurants.

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McDonald’s Japan’s newest east-meets-west dessert, the Shingen Mochi Pie is here, but is it good?

Trying out the taste of Yamanashi at the Golden Arches.

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Anime isn’t like reality – Shy girl ponytail edition

Artist makes a point about manga tales and ponytails.

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