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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Uniqlo outfits might become Japanese high school’s official uniforms

Switch would solve a lot of school uniform-related problems, but not everyone thinks it’s a great idea.

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Japanese cat cuddle coats update a traditional garment for our modern, cat-centric lives【Pics】

This hanten will keep both your body and your heart warm this winter.

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Pokémon at your door! Japanese home hyosatsu marks your house with your name and favorite Pokémon

30 Gen-1 Pokémon are ready to literally become part of your home.

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Let’s make sashimi with…whatever in God’s name this thing is【SoraKitchen】

The “octagon” is a Hokkaido fish that’s virtually unknown elsewhere in Japan…but is this one secret better left undiscovered?

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Pokémon is coming to Universal Studios Japan!

Multi-year creative alliance promises interactive theme park entertainment kicking off soon.

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Japan’s Pizza Hut Lunch Pack sandwiches are here!【Taste test】

Japan’s pocket pouch sandwiches shined on the Olympic stage, and now they’re teaming up with Pizza Hut Japan.

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Japanese company creates wooden micro cottages you can tow behind your car【Pics, video】

More stylish than a motorhome, but more motorable than a normal home.

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Potato chips for sake? 176-year-old brewer and gourmet chip maker produce a snack like no other

Classy new chips were designed to pair with one specific type of sake.

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Pharmacies in Japan now sell Yoshinoya beef bowls

It’s like medication for your gyudon cravings!

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“Should I date this person?” Go hiking and you’ll have the answer, Japanese Twitter user says

A walk in the mountains will reveal more of who a person is than a meal in a restaurant.

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Japanese woman helps grandma look for insurance card, finds even more precious treasures instead

Unfortunately forgetful granny’s hidden treasure box did not contain tissues, so you’ll want to grab some of your own.

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Japanese politician apologizes to prime minister for calling wife’s cooking “Hiroshima-yaki”

Hiroshima foodies find it an unsavory name for their savory pancakes.

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Japanese teen saves elderly woman’s home from fire, credits love of anime for his heroism

Late-night convenience store run takes a dramatic turn.

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Does a denim kimono look or feel good? Our kimono neophyte reporter finds out【Photos】

East meets West, but do they get along?

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348-year-old sake brewery’s newest creation: A special sake just to drink with ramen!

If you have raman and sake, what else do you need?

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Literally hungry for new Nintendo Pikmin content? You can now eat the creatures in Japan

Bandai turns Nintendo’s mysterious creatures into double-flavor, 1:1-scale snacks.

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Manga artist shares a genius-level trick to take the headache out of drawing interior scenes

A new perspective to solve a challenging problem.

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We’ve been doing it wrong – Japanese genius shows us how we should all be making sandwiches【Pics】

No more messy sandwich tragedies with this clever, easy furoshiki-style technique.

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Creator of Japan’s longest-running manga, Golgo 13, passes away, leaves fans one last gift

A lot of people died in Takao Saito’s assassin-for-hire series, but the author himself made preparations for after his passing.

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Crazy cheap cosplay at Daiso? How to transform into Dragon Ball’s Vegeta at the discount shop

This cosplay outfit is way UNDER 9,000 (yen)!

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