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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Häagen-Dazs’ Japan’s new sweet potato ice cream disappoints AND completely satisfies us

We regret being so quick to judge the Kanjuku Beniharuka, but not being so quick to eat it.

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Beer, Suntory whiskey for under a buck and all-you-can eat ice cream! Joy at Tokyo’s Karaoke One

This hidden-gem karaoke chain is perfect for your inner child and adult-beverage-loving grown-up.

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One more reason to be hyped about Spy x Family Season 2: The theme song is awesome【Video】

Beloved J-rock band’s new song is bumping up the excitement for the hit anime’s new season.

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Eating Japan’s Sailor Moon moon-viewing sausage sandwich【Taste test】

Usagi Tsukino recommends this tsukimi sandwich from Mos Burger, but is it a miracle romance in your mouth?

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New Studio Ghibli die-cast anime car line brings Catbus, Spirited Away Sea Railway to your home

Tomica dreams of Ghibli.

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Pitch-black Black Belt udon noodles are a visual roundhouse, but do they taste good?【Taste test】

We head to an udon restaurant where they do things very differently.

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Japanese fish that beat Pokémon video game passes away

Fans mourn the loss of Lala, the fish that found a Pokémon glitch no human could in nearly 20 years.

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Which Japanese convenience store has the best miso vegetable stick pack?【Taste test】

For those combini runs where you want something healthier than melon bread and Asahi Super Dry.

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Hello Kitty goes back to the ‘90s for Sanrio’s kogyaru schoolgirl collection【Photos】

Loose socks, sticker pictures, and more ‘90s must-haves featured in throwback series that co-stars My Melody and Kuromi

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Giant “Ninja Bear” has been attacking dairy farms in Hokkaido for three years

Expert expresses concern about possible ninja bear apprentices adopting its hunting practices.

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Japanese government is shutting down its COVID contract-tracing app

COCOA is coming to a close in the latest relaxation of coronavirus countermeasures in Japan.

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Rate of young Japanese people who want to get married someday drops to lowest ever in survey

Number of children Japanese women want also drops to lowest ever in latest iteration of government study.

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Japan to reexamine individual traveler ban, politician says current relaxations insufficient

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary wants foreigners to be able to visit Japan this fall and winter.

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Hey, Thai tuk-tuk driver! Take us to the best Thai restaurant in this part of Bangkok!

Our “Hey! Japanese Texi Driver” series makes its overseas debut.

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Japanese public broadcaster issues apology for calling a train a “train”

Rail otaku take NHK to task.

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Demon Slayers in the sky with new Kimetsu no Yaiba anime-themed airliner from ANA

Series star and its two biggest scene-stealers will escort fans to their destination…even when it’s the same airport they departed.

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The hidden meaning of the U.S. Air Force’s “shake and fries” patch in Japan

Special technique to help newcomers acclimate to life in Japan gives Japanese Twitter users a smile too.

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One Piece Devil Fruit Bath Bombs from Lush are on their way and will be offered outside Japan too

Bath Bomb fragrances evoke the adventure and friendship of the hit anime/manga series.

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“Passengers who don’t want to be groped, please use the rear train cars” announcement angers Japan

Tokyo station employee could have chosen better words.

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Resident Evil survival horror maze opens at Universal Japan as part of Halloween horror event

Resident Evil 2 serves as inspiration for mission-based maze as zombie circus troupe takes over other part of the park for dancing.

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