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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Government bear attack warning poster in Japan may be too cute for its own good

Governor promises “devil” bears in redesign.

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Beautiful afternoon tea lounge lets you look at and eat Osaka Castle【Taste test】

A taste of a luxurious view in Osaka.

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Japan’s new bento has people talking and hearts burning because it’s all fried chicken skins

We taste-test the unusual innovation.

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Chiki taste test! Japan’s big three convenience stores challenged by fried chicken field newcomer

Here comes a new chiki challenger!

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Universal Studios Japan adding new Resident Evil attraction, little kids barred once again

You’ll see zombies, chainsaw men, and Leon Kennedy inside the Resident Evil haunted house, but no little kids.

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A visit to the real-life Naruto Ramen Ichiraku anime restaurant that’s not in Japan【Photos】

We grab a bowl of Ichiraku ramen and down a chakra drink at Naruto’s favorite noodle house.

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7-Eleven Japan gets into the sort-of-freshly baked pizza home delivery business【Video】

Japanese convenience store promises piping hot pies at your door in as little as 20 minutes.

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Real Buddhist monk plays Super Mario Bros., recites prayers every time he kills an enemy【Video】

Have you ever stopped to think about the soul of a Goomba when you crush or burn its body?

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Buses in one of Japan’s largest cities can’t take new yen bills, leaving strange solution

Even with a five-year heads-up, Nishitetsu isn’t quite ready.

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Skip Tsukiji sushi?!? This seafood-stock ramen restaurant is a great reason to do just that

Kako to Kai enthralls our reporter who just might have been a sea otter in his former life.

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Pokémon summer kimono arriving in stores just in time for festival season

Yukata and other summertime fun gear is on its way to the Pokémon Center.

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Rapist to become first Japanese person caned in Singapore following conviction

Corporal punishment included in sentence handed down for 2019 crime.

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KFC-flavor potato chips returning to Japan after a nearly decade-long absence

We’ve missed you, Kentucky Fried chips.

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Japan Airlines debuts airport translation panels, translation error quickly results

”Please tell me your smartphone.”

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Kyoto experiencing problems with foreign tourists not paying for bus fares, but not on purpose

Transportation bureau wants to collect full fares while still making the ride pleasant for all passengers.

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Man passes away on Tokyo train, no one notices until nearly 12 hours and 650 kilometers later

Man’s body continued to make trips back and forth across downtown Tokyo until the end of the day.

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Groundbreaking ‘90s isekai shojo anime series Rayearth getting new anime adaptation【Video】

Back to Cephiro we go as Clamp anime celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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An unexpectedly creepy path takes us to Utopia in east Japan【Photos】

Searching for Ubara Utopia.

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Farewell, old friend – It’s time to say goodbye to the car we bought for 980-yen (US$9.60) car

A bittersweet goodbye to the absolute cheapest car we could find in Japan.

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Sesame Street characters turn into awesome shaved ice desserts at Tokyo Sesame Street cafe【Pics】

And yes, the Cookie Monster shaved ice includes a cookie!

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