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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Tokyo is the best city in the world to live in, study says

Japan’s capital gets a boost in this year’s global rankings for a very 2020 reason.

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Mugger sticks gun in Japanese teenager’s back, she tells him to get a job

Woman would rather thief take life advice than other people’s money.

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Japan is getting apple pie-flavor KitKats with help from a 136-year-old sweets shop

A treat as Aomori-an as apple pie.

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Can these masks give you Japan’s kogao “small-face” ideal? Let’s find out!【Experiment】

Our team tries to achieve the Japanese beauty goal.

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Beautiful Mt. Fuji sunrise or literal end of the world? Video looks like it could be either one

Time-lapse video ends with a big surprise.

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Six-hour Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind kabuki stage play is finally coming out on home video

You can enjoy the first-ever complete adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s original story from the comfort of your couch.

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Can’t put your smartphone down when you’re eating? This clever plate has a solution【Photos】

Because no matter what’s for lunch or dinner, it shouldn’t be served with a side of stress.

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Japan’s Minister in Charge of Information Technology Policy defends politicians’ use of paper

Says tree-based physical media is “easier” in certain situation.

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Japan’s new Pokémon donuts are here, so let’s eat Pikachu, Chansey, and some Poké Balls【Photos】

It’s time to catch ‘em all at Mister Donut!

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English ad in Japan has some seeing a command to stay infected with coronavirus this Christmas

Department store chain wants to show concern for shoppers’ mental wellbeing, but some see a message of doom for their physical health.

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A giant 161-centimeter can of Pringles is exactly the kind of snack system we need【Photos】

The potato chip maker sends us a present to celebrate Pringle’s Day.

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From capsule hotel to capsule office – A visit to Tokyo’s newest pandemic work solution

Can you turn bare-minimum hotel rooms into practical professional pods?

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Studio Ghibli’s new CG anime is keeping its setting in the U.K., has official premier date

The last time Studio Ghibli adapted a story from England it switched the setting to Japan, but not this time.

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New Xbox Series X fits perfectly with a classic Nintendo system, gamer in Japan finds【Pics】

Looks like you can add Microsoft’s new console to your shelf without putting away one of your old toys.

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New Pikachu PC cushion is here to recharge your work-from-home work ethic【Photos】

Pokémon mascot wants to use super-effective ergonomics to make your workday better (and cuter).

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Japanese Twitter discovers a crazy comfortable pillow has been hiding at Ikea

A solution to three common sleep problems, but not one you’ll find in the bedding section.

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City in Japan receives donation for kids with letter signed by two ultra-popular anime characters

Cash in the mail to pay for kids’ Christmas gifts supposedly comes from Demon Slayer and PreCure stars.

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So long, PlayStation 4 – Sony announces it’s ending repair service for early PS4 models

Even before you can buy a PlayStation 5, Sony draws a deadline for fixing certain PlayStation 4s.

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How can you maximize the calories you burn singing karaoke?【Experiment】

Yes, Japanese karaoke machines will tell you how many calories you used singing.

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A team of fish in Japan has beaten Pokémon Sapphire【Video】

After thousands of hours, they are now the very best, like no fish ever were.

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