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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The truth of Burger King Japan’s “Fake Burger” is even weirder than we’d expected

And the combo sets are stranger still.

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Cup Noodle instant ramen adds disturbingly named new topping: “almost squid!”

Following the roaring success of “mystery meat,” Cup Noodle turns its vague focus o the sea.

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Japan’s Prime Minister says he didn’t want to cosplay as Mario at the 2016 Olympics

Shinzo Abe had to be talked into the biggest crowd-pleasing moment of the Rio de Janeiro closing ceremony.

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Japan considering no-quarantine 72-hour entry starting soon for business travelers

Travelers, and their countries, have to meet certain conditions.

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There’s a touching reason it took so long for samurai and ninja to show up in One Piece

Creator Eiichiro Oda wanted to incorporate Japanese elements sooner, but held himself back.

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Photos of “everyday life” in the town next to Mt. Fuji look like a beautiful fantasy world

Fuji City’s “normal” views of Mt. Fuji would be lifelong memories for the rest of us.

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Put down the frying pan – You can make amazing pancakes with a sandwich maker, Japan learns【Pics】

Genius idea has the potential to get even better in the next batch.

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Town in Japan now protecting itself from bears with Monster Wolf robot【Video】

Hokkaido community considers creating an entire wolfpack of howling sentries with glowing red eyes.
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After 10 years of secrecy, anime song duo ClariS finally remove their masks and show their faces

Reveal comes 10 years to the day after group’s debut.

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One of manga/anime’s greatest love stories is the highlight of Norah Jones’ new music video【Vid】

Touching video for ”I’m Alive” stars the cast of Rumiko Takahashi’s Maison Ikkoku.

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Tokyo temple holds funeral for personal seals in effort to reform outdated business practice【Vid】

Monk chants sutras in farewell to a business tool that doesn’t mesh with telecommuting.

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Gundam face masks will help you stay safe when you have to be mobile during the pandemic【Photos】

Maybe if we all wore Char Custom masks, the pandemic would be over three times as quickly.

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Tokyo government provides coronavirus home recuperation sets with instant ramen, curry, and more

Comfort food care packages eliminate the need to go out for groceries or take-out during final stage of recovery.

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Adorable talking Pokémon Eevee coin bank is here to take your money, make you happy about it【Vid】

The special power of Eevee’s latest evolution is to encourage you to save your loose change.

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You can build Japan’s hauntingly beautiful Gunkanjima as a papercraft kit【Photos】

Putting together “Battleship Island” gave us a new perspective on what life was like for the families that lived there.

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Melon bread showdown! Which Japanese convenience store melon pan is the one for you?【Taste test】

Comparing the big three Japanese convenience stores’ versions of the country’s number-one sweet bread.

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An office 525 feet in the sky – Testing Tokyo amusement park’s Ferris wheel telecommuting space

An office crazy and beautiful enough for Mr. Sato.

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Sonic the Hedgehog’s creator isn’t happy about Sega giving away Sonic 2, Nights for free on Steam

Legendary game designer Yuji Naka says he wishes Sega valued them a little more.

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Burger King is releasing a Fake Burger in Japan

It’s real enough that you can eat it, but it won’t be a hamburger as we know it.

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Pikachu, I poo with you! Official Pokémon toilet created in Japan for young fans

“You can go to the bathroom while you and Pikachu look at each other!”

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