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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Pizza Hut creates Putting our Soul into Every Bite Ramen Pizza with famous Japanese ramen chain

Bizarrely tempting pie isn’t for Japan, though.

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Ramen restaurant in Japan offers lifetime free ramen plan for a hefty price

”You can reduce your food costs to zero for the rest of your life” says popular iekei-style ramen restaurant.

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Oh shiitake! How to grow your own with Japan’s super-easy mushroom cultivation kit【Photos】

Home gardening doesn’t get any easier, or much quicker, than this!

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Tokyo Disneyland will require visitors to wear masks indoors when it reopens next month

♪M I C-K E Y, please wear your mask.♪

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Smash Bros. director Sakurai’s couch appears in video, has Internet searching for where to buy it

Sakurai’s sofa joins the fight, and we join the hunt!

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Hundreds of venomous fire ants discovered in Tokyo, queen yet to be found

Pain-inducing insects also spotted in port of Japan’s second largest city.

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Coronavirus leads to the creation of haunted drive-in in Tokyo this summer【Photos】

Pandemic is changing how haunted houses work in Japan, but the terrifying show will go on.

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High-price face mask boutiques open in Tokyo, where masks are fashion statement, not political

If a mask is like underwear for your face, why settle for something rough, cheap, and boring?

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Japanese bag looks like it’s spouting random English, but has an actual message

“You’re reading this, aren’t you?”

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Japanese chef creates gorgeous Monet impressionist cake【Photos】

An edible piece of literal art.

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Ghibli fans for Ghibli fans! Anime studio’s new line of Japanese sensu, uchiwa arrives for summer

Totoro and No-Face want to keep you company and keep you cool this summer.

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11 different ways to say “father” in Japanese

Otou-san is just the tip of the paternal iceberg.
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880-pound wagyu cow escapes from livestock auction in southern Japan

Prized Japanese Black is later found in a very unusual place.

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McDonald’s Japan’s Hokkaido Melon dessert drinks – the latest sign of life getting back to normal

The signature fruit of Japan’s northern island is ready to delight sweets fans across the country.

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Man in Tokyo tries to pay for sex with toy check

Kids’ plaything and adult services don’t mix well.

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Totoro ready to help keep forests clean this summer with his adorable new reusable shopping bags

New line launches as Japan starts push to reduce the use of disposable plastic shopping bags.

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No screaming allowed on Japanese roller coasters, and new video shows it can be done【Video】

Top bosses of Japan’s most popular thrill ride park sit down and shut up.

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The first images of Studio Ghibli’s first-ever CG anime are here!【Photos】

Goro Miyazaki returns to the director’s chair for Aya and the Witch.

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Tokyo’s dedicated Nintendo store finally begins offering its exclusive items online

Can’t make it to Shibuya? Don’t worry, because Nintendo Tokyo is ready to open its treasure trove to online shoppers.

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How to turn leftover tempura into fried rice (or why to buy all the takeout tempura you can)

We venture into new territory in our latest trip into the SoraKitchen.

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