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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Motorized Electric Gaming Bed from Japan takes gaming furniture to the next level【Video】

Now you don’t have to get out of bed, or even exert the effort to sit up, to get back to gaming.

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Osaka woman gives foreigner Uber Eats worker fake money, thought he wouldn’t know difference

But he did.

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Ghibli now lets you give your mom a Totoro-style Mother’s Day present with the Corn Gift Set【Pics】

You can give gifts like Mei this May.

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One Punch Man manga artist’s amazing “practice” drawing is so good we think he might not be human

Drinking glass drawing seems beyond the limits of what humans should be able to do.

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Pokémon fan 3-D prints a life-size Charmander, takes it camping【Photos, video】

Video shows off Fire-type’s cool glowing tail.

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We spent over US$400 at a Tokyo premium capsule machine, and we’re not sure how we feel about it

Things get complicated/expensive when Mr. Sato and our boss combine their intellectual powers/lack of willpower.

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“What the hell are you doing to my woman?” attacker asks man feeding stray cat in Tokyo park

Literal animal lover, magical shapeshifter, or just plain old crook?

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Which Japanese conveyor belt sushi chain has the best negitoro sushi?【Taste test】

”They’re all pretty good!” was NOT our taste-tester’s verdict this time.

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Every Eevee evolution in one awesome neon sign? Please make this Pokémon concept a reality【Vid】

If you’ve got space for all of the Eevee-lutions in your heart, but not a lot of space to show them off in your home, this is the solution.

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In Japan, you can buy bloom-at-home cherry blossom bouquets for super-easy hanami【Photos】

All you need is a vase and some water to bring sakura season to your living space.

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Video game maker Capcom promises to increase worker salaries by 30 percent

New hires to get paid more too following very profitable year.

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Undertale’s Toby Fox composed the music for newest Japanese commercial for Pocari Sweat

Game developer collaborates with two Japanese artists for video with actress returning from last year’s amazing ad.

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Mos Burger’s new French toast: A delicious breakfast with a side of linguistic challenges

Taste-testing the treat with a name that’s a mouthful and a confusing condiment.

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Live-action Spirited Away stage play to stream online this summer

Adaptation of Studio Ghibli masterpiece will hold live streams on the final days of its Japanese tour.

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Tokyo bento shop giving away 2,205 pounds of free food to help negi farmers

Kitchen Dive continues to be the most generous bento boxed lunch shop in Japan.

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Manga creator/politician Ken Akamatsu opens political office/art gallery in Akihabara【Photos】

Creator of Love Hina is gearing up for a run at Japan’s upper parliament house to protect freedom of expression.

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The beautiful masked booth models of the Tokyo Motorcycle Show【Photos】

After a two-year pandemic break, Japan’s biggest motorcycle show makes its long-awaited, thoroughly masked return.

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Japan’s new old-school Dragon Quest sweets are Slime-like in more ways than one【Taste test】

Maybe we should have been eating Slimes instead of fighting them all this time.

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Amazon Japan’s lowest-rated beckoning cat good luck charm is full of lies, might be cursed【Pics】

Super-buff golden cat seemingly signals dark times ahead for our unlucky reporter.

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Nintendo HQ-turned-hotel shows off beautiful guestrooms waiting for travelers to Kyoto【Photos】

Private open-air bath, stylish lounges, and a touch of video game history.

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