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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Voice of Metal Gear Solid’s Solid Snake/Big Boss completes Tokyo coronavirus vaccination mission

Veteran voice actor orders everyone to stay safe during state of emergency.

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Pokémon’s impossible-to-buy-bike now exists in real life, still can’t be bought, must be won【Pics】

The one million-Pokémon Dollar bike that drove you crazy as a kid is back.

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7-Eleven Japan creates official “how to open a rice ball” video to help overseas travelers【Video】

Latest example of great customer service in Japan comes in response to visiting journalist’s call for help.

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What did Japanese curry taste like 150 years ago? This instant curry pack lets you find out

It’s like a time travel adventure for your mouth.

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Country kimono! Project completes set of over 200 designs for every nation at Tokyo Olympics【Pics】

After four years, the Kimono Project is complete.

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State of the sento — Tokyo’s public baths are disappearing, but statistics show a sliver of hope

It was a rough year for Japan’s non-onsen bathhouses, but a comeback might be on the way.

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President of France meets with manga, video game royalty in Tokyo【Video】

Head of state also picks up an amazing One Piece souvenir that any fan would treasure.

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Problem solved: How to open a Japanese convenience store onigiri rice ball【Pics and video】

When we saw an international Olympic journalist’s plea for help with one of Japan’s greatest foods, we knew this was a job for SoraNews24!

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TV audiences in Japan surprised to see “Pikachu,” “Raichu” as members of U.S. Olympic team

Siblings look to electrify the badminton competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Gigantic Gundam steals the show at the Tokyo Olympics triathlon

Some of the world’s greatest athletes hang a left at the life-size anime robot in their race for Olympic gold.

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Nihon? Nippon? What’s the correct name for “Japan” at the Tokyo Olympics (and in general)?

Japan, the country so nice they named it twice?

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Lactic acid bacteria Pikachu ice cream and Poké Ball ice cream cake appear at Baskin-Robbins Japan

Poké Ball ice cream scoop containers also return as part of 31 Poké Summer celebration.

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U.S.-produced Netflix Pokémon live-action series reportedly on the way

Producer might be going from a show about the devil to a show about Pocket Monsters.

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Tokyo’s new frozen ramen vending machines and brain-breakingly amazing【Taste test】

Ramen Stock 24 baffles our minds and delights our souls.

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Daiso has awesome, and super-affordable, background boards for your anime figure photos!【Pics】

Japan’s favorite 100 yen shop helps solve an otaku problem (two if you count leaving us with more cash to buy new figures).

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13-year-old Japanese girl becomes first-ever women’s skateboarding Olympic gold medalist【Video】

Junior high school student and street skateboarder Momiji Nishiya puts herself in record books as youngest Japanese athlete ever to win gold medal.

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A visit to Darvish – not the pitcher, the Iranian market in downtown Tokyo!

Our Japanese-born reporter gets his first tastes of Iranian sweets and curry.

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You can own Spirited Away’s cursed witch’s contract seal in real life【Photos】

Thankfully buying the Studio Ghibli artifact gets you out of the death-to-thieves part of its lore.

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A visit to Japan’s adorable cat bread cafe to try their trendy new cat cream bun【Photos】

Maritozzos have captured Japan’s sweets-loving heart this summer, and this one looks like it could meow.

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All 47 Starbucks Japan’s local Jimoto Frappuccinos, ranked by calorie count, plus what each one is

The top one has almost as many calories as a Yoshinoya meal, but yes, we still plan to drink as many as we can.

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