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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23 flavors, five top recommendations for the wide world of Kikkoman soy milk【Taste test】

Because 23 is too many to say “I’ll just drink all of them,” unless you’re us, that is.

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Gundam Manhole Project launches, brings awesome anime art to series creator’s hometown【Photos】

Mobile suits become permanent part of the town’s infrastructure, with more team-ups to come.

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Time for Japan to start tipping taxi drivers? Cab company now gives passengers option in Tokyo

In no-tipping Japan, most people just pay whatever the meter says, but this company is now letting passengers pay more.

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This beautiful mountaintop Buddha carving in Japan is much newer than it looks【Photos】

Let’s head south from Tokyo to visit the Takatoriyama magaibutsu.

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The only woman managing a high school baseball team in Osaka does things a little differently

And she’s making a big difference for her players.

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The strange part of Japan where “grilled chicken” doesn’t always mean “chicken”

This yakitori bowl is suspiciously lacking in tori.

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Japan’s brain wave-reading cat ears are back, with a brand-new twist!

Mood-sensing ears for catgirls and catboys smash crowdfunding goal.

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The weird thing about Domino’s Japan’s Fish and Chips Pizza isn’t the fish or chips【Taste test】

We try the pizza that shocked the world and get a jolt of our own.

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Ultra-violent post-apocalyptic anime Fist of the North Star is becoming a stage musical in Tokyo

We are shock!

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Ghibli Museum asking for donations to help pay for operating costs and repairs

Supporters asked to donate no less than 5,000 yen in pandemic countermeasure, fans respond tremendously.

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Giant floating head appears in the sky above downtown Tokyo【Video】

That’s something you don’t see every day…

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It’s the Nintendo Famicom’s 38th birthday, so let’s bust out the Famicom Disk System!

38 years ago today, the Famicom everyone knows and loves went on sale, but what about its often forgotten upgrade?

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New Super Mario-themed smartwatch gives you animated rewards for reaching fitness goals

Nintendo star and TAG Heuer want you to think of the step counter like a power-up system.

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Inuyasha vs. Ranma? Rumiko Takahashi talks about who’d win a battle royale of her series’ stars

Anime/manga legend lays out various scenarios for five-way fight, and physical strength plays surprisingly small role.

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140-year-old sukiyaki restaurant in Tokyo closing due to coronavirus pandemic

Asakusa’s Chinya has been serving visitors to the historical district for more than a century.

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Japanese town will give you two million yen for having your third kid there in birth-boosting plan

And if you have another kid after that? Another two million yen.

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Super-expensive capsule toys – Trying out Japan’s Premium Gachapon machine【Photos】

Bandai’s top-of-the-line capsule toys are expensive enough that you can’t buy them with coins,

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Happy ending for Japanese man whose sports car was stolen right before his eyes

Rotary sports coupe’s journey comes full circle as it’s reunited with its rightful owner.

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Giant misspelling in rice field art warms Japan’s heart, so farmers decide to roll with it【Video】

Mistake took months to be noticed, but it’ll be sticking around.

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Domino’s Pizza Japan apologizes for freaking out Londoner with fish and chips pizza, offers free pie

Tongue-in-cheek tweet leads to offer for free pizza in the belly.

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