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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188-year-old Kyoto tea merchant offers beautiful Hydrangea Parfait as nearby temple’s flowers bloom

As the summer rains and summer flowers return, so too does this special treat.

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Japan’s new ukiyo-e woodblock print passports are beautiful, now in travelers’ hands【Photos】

Passport holders in Japan now have a miniature gallery of the works of Hokusai, the country’s most famous traveling painter.

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How to make a pizza using a pack of ramen noodles【SoraKitchen】

Here’s what happens when two of the most comforting comfort foods team up.

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Don’t eat these Cup Noodles…because they’re actually a super-realistic full-scale model【Photos】

Designers 3-D scanned an entire instant ramen meal for maximum non-edible authenticity.

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Knife-wielding professor fired from international department of one of Tokyo’s top universities

Teaching methods included violent outbursts and telling students to die.

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Tokyo city hall gets menacing red makeover as coronavirus infection numbers rise【Photos】

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, one other famous landmark change their colors as infections rise following lifting of restrictions.

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New Studio Ghibli anime coming this winter is first CG feature planned by Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki has read British novel inspiration “cover-to-cover five times,” will once again team up with son as director.

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Sega announces Game Gear Micro, an extra-tiny retro system with a startingly high price

Revisiting a part of video game history will be nostalgic, but not necessarily cheap.

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Studio Ghibli theme park’s opening will not be delayed by coronavirus, planners promise

Areas that let anime fans step into the worlds of My Neighbor Totoro and Whisper of the Heart will open as scheduled.

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Secret fireworks festivals take place across Japan to lift spirits during coronavirus crisis【Pics】

An iconic part of summer in Japan gets a throwback to its 18th century samurai-era roots.

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Japanese adult film star pumped for info on surprising topics after offer to tell fans “anything”

Actress who’s played sultry teacher gets some startlingly wholesome, and complicated, queries.

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New trailer for final Evangelion movies is as crazy as it is beautiful【Video】

Evangelion is ending once again, which means it’s time for the legendary anime to go absolutely nuts.

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Dead body found in real-life Totoro’s Forest in Japan

Prefectural border woodlands served as inspiration for beloved Studio Ghibli anime film.

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Pokémon game developer Game Freak is now hiring, holding online interviews for new jobs

Here’s your chance to go from Pokémon fan to Pokémon pro.

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Skip sushi — The five best beef bento to eat in Japan right now

A guide to the delicious takeout beef that’s keeping us from doing any home cooking.

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Japanese politicians want to make walking while looking at your smartphone illegal

New law would require that you be immobile when looking at your mobile phone.

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Dating simulator lets players know exact moment virtual girlfriends will disappear this summer

Enjoy your summer of love, LovePlus Every fans, because it’ll be your last.

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Japanese teen boy picks worst woman to randomly ask if she wants to make an adult video

”I thought I’d do her a favor,” he says after approaching a woman who’s skilled with handcuffs, but not because she likes to get kinky.

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We buy a Japanese robo girl to pour drinks for us to enjoy while taking a bath【Video】

Replica of popular swimsuit model/actress means we never have to bathe or drink alone.

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Mini samurai sword scissors are here to help you slice paper and plastic foes to pieces【Photos】

This is how Oda Nobunada and the Shinsengumi would remove the tags from their T-shirts.

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