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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“Foreign travelers are Japan’s guests” – Governor against charging tourists more than locals

Top politician in Tokyo’s neighbor says higher prices for inbound travelers would be like fining them for coming to the country.

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Japan’s wedding gift etiquette rule is too expensive, young people in survey say

You can’t put a price on love, but Japan does put a price on how much you should give a newlywed couple.

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Shibuya strip show-adjacent extra-fatty beef bowl fails and succeeds in impressing us

Twice the price of a Yoshinoya beef bowl, but more than it seems.

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Tokyo’s famous Lost in Translation hotel is closed

Park Hyatt Tokyo shuts down for very long-term renovation project right as Japan is in an inbound foreign tourism boom.

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New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals

With “inbound pricing” becoming a bigger issue, Shibuya seafood restaurant offers discounted prices for domestic customers.

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Japanese hot spring inn lets you spend night for under US$1 if you do something special in return

Niigata ryokan wants you to make beautiful travel memories and beautiful music.

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Foreign shoppers in Akihabara tip us off to an awesome souvenir idea: DIY Paper Theater kit【Pics】

A cool, unique, and easy-to-pack gift for fans of Japanese pop culture (including yourself).

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Tokyo tortilla restaurant is worth visiting whether you love or hate traditional Mexican cuisine

Mr. Sato tries tostadas for the first time and falls in love with the tacos at Tortilla Club Tortilleria.

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A guide to riding the Shinkansen bullet train with a terrible-twos kid

Solo dad and his “devil twos” daughter take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto – is this a recipe for disaster?

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“Mt. Fuji convenience store” issues apology for bad tourist manners, adds multilingual signs

Lawson considering adding private security staff to unexpected tourist attraction.

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Kyoto government worker assaults coworker for spoiling popular manga series at the office

”I don’t like spoilers.”

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Godzilla leather wallet will make you feel like the King of the Monsters and lord of fashion

Master kaiju modeler creates wallet with two different Godzilla skin types.

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Dragon reformation and the largest clay Budda in Japan: A visit to Okadera Temple【Photos】

Okadera Temple is also known as the “Dragon Lid Temple.”

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This is Japan’s, and the world’s, first capsule hotel, and you can still stay there

Spending the night at Capsule Inn Osaka.

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Awesome new Gundam manhole covers coming to Japanese prefecture for first time

Anime mecha poses with towns most delicious claim to fame.

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Beautiful set of 24 Ghibli anime memo pads returns, will have you wanting to take notes by hand

Whether you’re a fan of My Neighbor Totoro or My Neighbors the Yamadas, there’s a memo pad for you.

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Japan has nearly 4 million abandoned homes, but where and why?

Number of hochi akiya continues to rise.

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Should married couples in Japan be allowed to have different family names? Survey investigates

The Japanese constitution requires couples to share a family name if they get married, but only one age group in survey comes close to agreeing with it.

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Japanese cosplayer creates amazing outfit: Sailor Moon’s transformation sequence!【Photos】

10 years of creative energy turn into something magical.

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Japanese city encouraging visitors and locals to cosplay as ninja for annual Ninja Festa

Home of the Iga ninja clan staging annual celebration of its shinobi heritage.

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