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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Best telecommuting option ever? Seven hours in private room at gourmet Tokyo/Kyoto restaurants

Why ride a packed train to the office when you can work in luxurious seclusion while dining on sukiyaki?

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Kyoto Animation makes over a dozen anime TV series and movies free to watch online

New titles released every day over 16-day period as much of Japan stays home to prevent spread of coronavirus.

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Mr. Sato attempts to battle his butt forest with Japan’s affordable Osu! Ass Hair Trimmer

Mr. Sato acknowledges that he has butt hair, and (sort of) does something about it.

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Twitter shocked by photo seeming to show rose growing INSIDE tree in Japan (and the gross truth)

No, fairy magic is not the reason for this stunning phenomenon.

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Plus five-second abs for guys!

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Starbucks Japan’s new Butterscotch Frappuccino confuses Japanese foodies, but does it satisfy?

”Is there booze in it?” wonders our taste tester.

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Japanese pizza in the coronavirus age – Testing Pizza Hut’s anti-infection Oki Pizza delivery

Company starts putting the pizza down to help keep customers and workers safe.

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New 800-yen bill artist concept brings Shiba Inu to canvas of Japanese currency

Previous 500-yen Shiba design also gets a sakura spring makeover.

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The Lego Super Mario set is way more awesome than it needs to be【Video】

Team-up with Nintendo goes above and beyond by creating a new way to play that’s unlike traditional Legos or video games.

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We can’t wait for New Horizons, so we pigged out for Japan’s Animal Crossing Choco Egg figures

Instant gratification for Nintendo fans and sweets lovers.

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How to make so, Japan’s 1,000-year-old dessert recipe that’s back in fashion【SoraKitchen】

There’s only one ingredient in this super-simple recipe for a favorite food of Kyoto’s imperial court.

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Crazy Japanese man achieves dream of filling his bathtub with curry rice【Photos】

Curry crazy is the best kind of crazy.

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No Ghibli Museum, Tokyo Disneyland, or Universal Studios Japan as coronavirus closures extend

The country’s top three animation/movie attractions are all closed indefinitely.

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One of video gaming’s greatest composers owes his name-recognition fame to his mom

The heartwarming tale of how Yuzo Koshiro became famous in an era when game developers worked in obscurity also has a Studio Ghibli connection.

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Brand-new Pokémon manhole covers have Sandshrew welcoming you to an often forgotten part of Japan

Region famous for its sand dunes gets beautiful public art pieces featuring more than a dozen different Pokémon species.

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No gender, photo, or first name – Japanese company makes major shakeup to job application forms

In Japan, looking for a job usually means snapping a photo, but not at this company.

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Anime’s impossible in real-life glasses now possible in real life, thanks to Japanese designers

Fashion brand brings an anime aesthetic trick into the three-dimensional realm.

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You can help survivors of Japan’s 3.11 earthquake/tsunami in seconds with a quick Yahoo! search

Donations will be made for each person who runs a search for information about the tragedy, with funds helping farmers, students, and those suffering from depression and loneliness.

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Japanese government enacts mask resale ban, sets prison time penalty for violators

Ban replaces opportunity to make a profit with chance to end up behind bars.

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From beef bowl to beef pouch? Taste testing Yoshinoya’s instant gyudon packs

They supply the beef, you supply the bowl.
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