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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Beautiful Japanese cake looks like a slice of the ocean frozen in time【Photos】

An umi dessert for Umi no Hi.

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Popcorn shrimp udon, as in noodles with popcorn and shrimp, now on the menu in Tokyo【Taste test】

A taste test so strange there’s only one man for the job!

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Handsome butler shopping services being offered by Japanese boutique

Does my lady desire assistance in coordinating an outfit?
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Is Amazon Japan’s lowest-rated Shiba Inu tissue cover a good boy?

There’s only one place to keep a dog like this.

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One Piece’s Luffy spent years of manga’s publication without saying a word to one of his nakama

We investigate just how many chapters Luffy spent not talking to one of his key Straw Hat shipmates.

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Häagen-Dazs Japan’s Yuzu Green Tea Float — How to make the super-easy matcha summer dessert drink

Recipe lets you go from plain green tea ice cream to fancy, photogenic matcha sweets in just a few minutes.

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Can you tell the difference between real beer and Japan’s happoshu quasi-beer?【Taste test】

Masks on and bottoms up for a blind taste test experiment.

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What happens when a 40-something dude goes to an anime boy band fan event? Something emotional

Learning both what Sutopuri is and what makes them special all in the same day!

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Why doesn’t every Japanese bakery sell this amazing anime-only bread we just made?【SoraKitchen】

Anime idols show us the light with this mouthwatering carb-on-carb spin on yakisoba bread.

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YuYu Hakusho cafes opening in Tokyo and Osaka to fill fans with food and nostalgia

Because the love for the ghost-fighting franchise will never die.

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Let’s eat our favorite anime characters’ hair, says Tokyo cafe

Who’s got a hankering for hair?

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Ed Sheeran (and his friend Squirtle) welcome fans to the Pokémon World Championships【Video】

Pikachu shows up in a special outfit and London gets its own Pokémon species representative too.

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Two crows decided to wreck a Pokémon GO player in Japan during Pokémon GO Fest

”The crows got me.”

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Furious Monster Hunter monster wants to sleep next to you in your home【Photos】

Furious Rajang, awesome bedmate?

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Manga artist fails to sell a single book at Comiket, still considers the day a major success

Comiket rookie goes home with zero revenue and zero regrets.

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Luffy’s anime voice actress says she doesn’t read the One Piece manga

And the reason isn’t because it’s too long.

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Delta adding more flights between Japan and U.S. in “anticipation of relaxed travel restrictions”

More flights and new routes being added at Tokyo’s most convenient airport.

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Ghibli releases free-to-use artwork from Castle in the Sky Laputa, comes with standard disclaimer

Subarashii!

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Gifu pond where 3,000 fish were murdered gets back on its feet thanks to donations, volunteers

Touching outpouring of support comes from across the country as owner calls for burglars to apologize, but not to him.

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The picture-perfect cosplayers of Comiket 100’s Day 1【Photos】

After a three-year hiatus, the cosplayers are back at Japan’s largest summertime otaku celebration.

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