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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Unit K-1, Japan’s brand-new ramen waiter robot, is bringing the future to our stomachs

Innovative ramen chain creates contactless service system.

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Artist for manga cancelled after junior high school girl’s groping makes first public comment

Shiro Usazaki understands fans are upset about the series ending, but asks them to keep those feelings to themselves.

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Japan’s Dragon Quest Slime fish cakes draw near, and possibly for free【Photos】

It’s time to treat yourself to a new experience point with some extra-adorable Slime and She-slime kamaboko.

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Clever new packaging trick helps make it easier to eat instant ramen without ruining your health

The Shio Care system helps you draw a line to solve one of the biggest drawbacks to delicious instant ramen.

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Tokyo Video Gamers, a new bar with free-to-play arcade games, opens in Akihabara

Game on and drink up at this Tokyo cafe where the staff are so friendly they’ll fight you.

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Starbucks Japan reminds us that you can now add jiggly mochi to all your drink orders

”Oh, and I’d like that with soy milk and warabimochi, please.”

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Akihabara loses another landmark as iconic electronics shop steps outside station gate shuts down

“I saw this place every time I went to Akihabara, and it was like an old friend.”

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Pokémon manhole covers finally come to Tokyo with awesome Gen-1 designs【Photos】

A new batch of Kanto Pokédex Pokéfuta for the real-life Kanto region.

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Used Pokémon popsicle sticks are selling for hundreds of dollars online in Japan

Used Pikachu Garigari-kun sticks are being bought for over 140 times the cost of a new box of the frozen treats.

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer regrets not using oranges when cosplaying as FF VII’s busty Tifa

”Tifa is just that busty” says Enako.

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Japan’s ninja museum has been robbed by thieves in the middle of the night

Iga ninja become victims of stealthy, speedy infiltration.

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What’s the top country people want to visit after the pandemic? Japan, survey says

One of Japan’s least-populated prefectures is also one of its most desired destinations.

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Uniqlo redesigns its masks following complaints about original design, new models on sale now

People grumbled about the Airism face coverings, and it looks like Uniqlo listened.

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How about some fake bird poo to protect your bike from thieves in Japan?

A psychological countermeasure that trades style for security.

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Japan’s intense heat wave has killed 79 people in Tokyo

Public health agency pleads with one group to take simple but critical precaution against heatstroke.

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Japanese cheerleader video chat performances — The latest weapon against pandemic-related stress

If life in the coronavirus era has you feeling down, they’re ready to cheer you up.

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Professional basketball meets Cowboy Bebop in awesome NBA playoffs/anime video【Video】

National Bebop Association?

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Japanese police ask drunk people to please stop sleeping in the middle of the street

Liquored up naps, sometimes in car lanes, are so common in one part of Japan that there’s a new vocabulary word for it.

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High-ranking yakuza member shot on the street near his home in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Police unsure if man claiming responsibility is the actual gunman or just a fall guy.

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Tokyo bicyclist arrested for splashing woman with urine as he rode past her

Ride-by splashing is the third to occur in the same area in recent months.

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