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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72 percent of foreigners in survey say they’ve been disappointed by bad breath in Japan

Dentist thinks part of the reason for bad breath in Japan is cultural.

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Premium Japanese whisky is now in chocolate form with Suntory Yamazaki and Hibiki nama chocolate

Kamakura chocolatier teams up with distiller as Japan enters its chocolate-crazy season.

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Japanese hotel chain’s sweet surprise is one more reason it’s a great choice for travelers on a budget

Business hotel’s freebie may not be fancy, but it’s exactly what we want.

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Apartments with no bath or shower rising in popularity among young Tokyoites, report says

No bath, no problem?

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Hayao Miyazaki settles in-studio Ghibli debate on best fried egg topping, Internet not convinced

Supporters of soy and other sauces square off in ongoing difference of opinion among Japanese foodies.

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Pancake steamed buns coming to Japanese convenience stores, said to pair well with fried chicken

Family Mart has a way for to combine two of our favorite comfort foods and eat them with our hands.

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A closer look at the knockoff Totoro figure that will haunt my nightmares…and maybe yours too!

If this is the spirit that lives in my local forest, then I’m staying out of it.

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Pokémon-playing fish commit credit card fraud against owner in Japan via Nintendo eShop【Video】

Should we call this a “fishing” scam?”

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Beautiful Japanese martial artist recreates fighting video game moves in the real world【Video】

Strikes and poses from Street Fighter, Dead or Alive, and more.

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Japan’s real-world One-Piece fitness gym is open, lets you pump giant manga meat

Don’t just be the king of the pirates, be the fitness king of the pirates!

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Japan’s random-destination roll-the-dice Shinkansen travel packages are back and better than ever

JR West’s Tabikoro random train/hotel packages are a gamble where you really can’t lose.

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This bra and pantie set is a JoJo’s reference【Photos】

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure shows off its fashionable side with lingerie inspired by Stone Ocean protagonist Jolyne Cujoh.

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Chainsaw Man Cafe opening in three cities in Japan, food looks bloody delicious【Photos】

Who better to run a cafe than violent anime devil hunters Denji and Power?

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Kyoto town changes names for burnable, landfill trash so people will think about what they’re doing

As always, words have a second meaning behind them in Kyoto.

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Starbucks Japan’s Valentine’s Day Frappuccino and Bouquet drink are here, but are we in love?

We’re not sure how you could pack much more chocolate or floral flavor into a single cup than Starbucks Japan has here.

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These might be the most beautiful Japanese monaka sweets ever made【Photos】

Elegant patterns have auspicious meaning, hidden Valentine’s Day surprises.

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Mobile Suit Gundam’s anime robot backpack are now real-world backpacks too【Photos】

Two-way backpacks/totes bring real robot industrial design to your wardrobe.

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The Sailor Starlights are back in brand-new trailer for Sailor Moon Cosmos anime movie【Video】

Two-part theatrical feature retells the final arc of the Sailor Moon anime TV series.

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Four “forbidden” super-easy Japanese toast desserts to make and eat ASAP【Recipes】

Forbidden Yukimi Toast is welcome in our mouth anytime.

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Japan’s ramen is too cheap, restaurants should raise their prices, famous soccer player says

Sports star feels almost tripling the price of ramen would be acceptable.

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