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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Japan’s tallest skyscraper ever, taller than Tokyo Tower, to be built near Tokyo Station

The Torch Tower hopes to be a bright and energetic new symbol for the city.

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Dystopia cafe? Japanese banana juice specialist is a literal hole in the wall【Photos】

Believe it or not, this building isn’t abandoned, it’s open for business.

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Capcom vs. Osamu Tezuka art exhibit swaps artists for crossover celebration

Father of modern fighting games teams up with the god of manga.

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Entire building of restaurants/bars staffed by Japanese adult film actresses to open in Tokyo

Soft on Demand says its five-floor complex will be “a theme park for adults.”

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Cup Noodle’s Nissin develops space ramen, space curry rice for astronauts to eat among the stars

UFO yakisoba noodles also to be sent to International Space Station.

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This one guy has spent four years making an entire anime on a 3DS, and it looks amazing【Video】

Flipnote Warrior is a labor of love, but it might need your help to get finished.

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New inflatable Pikachu is cute enough for kids, strong enough for adults【Photos】

The designers know you’re going to try to ride that Pokémon you bought “for your kids,” so this Pikachu is as sturdy as it is adorable.

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Japanese domestic flights for just 500 yen (US$4.70) is one of the greatest travel bargains ever

Fly from Tokyo to Okinawa for less than the price of a fancy Starbucks coffee…but you’ll need to hurry.

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What’s for dinner? A US$113/3.3-pound sushi bowl from one of Japan’s favorite cheap restaurants

Kappazushi is usually a friend to our budget…and maybe it still is with the Mega-size Crab and Salmon Roe Sushi Rice Bowl.

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Kinki Gyarados! Japan’s central region gets its first Pokémon manhole covers

Gyarados makes a big splash even when showing up late to the Pokéfuta party.

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Japan’s sweet/terrifying face cakes are here as we order a batch of Kao Dorayaki【Photos】

Our reporter couldn’t make it home to visit Mom and Dad, so she wanted to let them eat her face instead.

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Making igisu, a traditional Japanese food even most Japanese people don’t know about【SoraKitchen】

A taste of Tottori that looks very different at the start from how it ends up.

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Sushi chain renames “anime character bukkake” menu item after inevitable giggles

Sure, a Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba tie-up is meant to get fans excited, but not like this.

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Japan’s public broadcaster renames “correct way” to hold chopsticks, gets nods of approval

Those who struggle with the orthodox grip are happy for a bit of validation.

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This insane motorized scorpion computer chair is perfect for work-from-home supervillains【Videos】

This is what happens when megalomania meets ergonomics.

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People who won’t wear masks have to dig graves for COVID-19 deaths in this Indonesian town

If you’re going to be part of the problem, you’re going to have to be part of the clean-up too.

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Japanese airline leaves passenger behind at rural island airport after he refuses to wear mask

He might have still had a shot at flying to his destination, but he blew that too.

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Häagen-Dazs’ new chestnut mochi ice cream is ready to fall into our stomachs this autumn

Ice cream maker rolls out two mochi-enhanced flavors we’re happy to dig into even after the weather gets cooler.

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All-plant-based katsu curry arrives at Ikea Japan

Sustainability initiative replaces pork with something Ikea says tastes just as good.

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Tokyo’s number-one Halloween party spot asks people to stay away this year

Scary fun preempted by scary reality of pandemic.

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