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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Chinese Evangelion poster found to contain copied artwork

Promotion for Eva streaming in China looks an awful lot like French illustrator’s artwork.

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Japan’s prime minster should kill himself by seppuku, Russian politician says

”I can’t even comment on such delusion,” says security council deputy chairman, but still recommends ritual disembowelment.

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Japanese college student admits he robbed taxi driver, denies in court that he was rude about it

Suspect speaks up at trial to correct misquote that made him sound like a jerk while he was taking cabbie’s money.

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Japanese high school adds culottes to uniforms to better accommodate gender diversity

Changes also coming to blazer buttons at Hyogo school.

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The lovely models of the 2023 Tokyo Auto Salon【Photos】

Mr. Sato attends the first post-pandemic protocol iteration of Japan’s largest car aftermarket show.

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Dean & DeLuca now has fancy good luck sushi rolls to help Japan celebrate Setsubun【Photos】

They’re almost too pretty to eat, but you’ll need to chow down if you want to get Japan’s most delicious traditional luck boost.

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Turning your cake into an awesome-looking 2-D cake like this is quick and simple【Photos】

When you want to create dessert art, you just need a chocolate pen.

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Tea with Totoro! Ghibli star gets his own green tea and drinkware line【Photos】

Three different teas and Hasamiyaki ceramics make tea time with the Studio Ghibli star cute and classy.

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Is the mochi alive? Japanese mochi maker gadget video will leave you satisfied all day【Video】

No hammers here as rice looks like it’s decided to transform into mochi all on its own.

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Beyond katsu curry: Tare katsu curry now being served at Coco Ichibanya

Select branches of Japan’s favorite curry chain are serving up a taste of Niigata in Tokyo and Kanagawa.

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Japan’s cherry blossom forecast for 2023 is here! Tokyo among cities to see sakura first

Cherry blossom viewing party/travel planning season is officially underway.

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Does everyone dress crazy at Japan’s craziest Coming of Age Day ceremony?【Photos】

Every year all eyes are on the flashiest fashions at Kitakyushu, but there’s another side to the story.

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Mister Donut gets fancy in team-up with Tokyo pastry chef Toshi Yoroizuka, but does it taste good?

Japan’s favorite casual donut chain collaborates with one of the country’s best patissiers for a four-donut chocolate gateau lineup, and we try them all.

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Mt. Fuji schoolgirl photo models who charmed Japan years ago reunite to celebrate Coming of Age Day

Shizuoka road continues to be one of the most photogenic spots in all of Japan.

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200,000 yen-per-night Airbnb is the successor to Tokyo’s famous Nakagin capsule apartments【Pics】

Capsule House K was the mountain retreat of architect Kisho Kurosawa, but now it can be yours for the night.

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Animal Crossing crosses over with Godiva Japan for extra-sweet sets of Valentine’s chocolates

Tom Nook, Isabelle, and more characters from the hit Nintendo series are here for a real-world seasonal event.

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Ramen-flavored popcorn? This might be the only snack food we’ll ever need from now on

Two types of ramen popcorn are on their way to stores/stomachs in Japan.

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A Gintama fan’s emotional 19-year journey to buy a proper Lake Toya bokuto wooden katana【Pics】

What started out feeling like a dumb gag manga became a source of strength as our otaku reporter searched for a purpose in life.

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The Spy x Family lucky bag is a double-layer of mystery for fans of the hit anime series【Photos】

The Spy x Family lucky bag takes its time revealing its secrets, but that’s part of what makes it so fun.

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There’s an Initial D-themed Fujiwara Tofu Cafe, but not in Japan【Taste test】

We check out the cafe the star of the street racing anime/manga franchise would have to get on a plane or boat in order to visit.

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