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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East Japan Railways phasing out magnetic paper tickets, seven other rail operators will too

New ticket system looks to cut costs and boost environment friendliness.

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Tokyo ferry boat doesn’t tell you the island you’re going to until departure time, and it’s awesome

Who’s up for an island adventure that leaves from downtown Tokyo?

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Beautiful Legend of Zelda Lego set is series’ first buildable block crossover【Photos】

Two versions of the Great Deku tree and three versions of Link are part of the set recommended for fans 18-and-up.

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McDonald’s releasing lychee milk shakes in Japan as part of new Asian Sweets lineup

Tropical treats arrive just in time for the start of summer.

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Mello Yello returns to Japan with extra-long name, probably because people don’t know what it is

Citrusy soft drink is making another attempt to catch on in Japan.

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1,300-year-old Kyoto shrine changes bell policy following altercation with foreign tourists【Video】

Shinto shrine tradition no longer possible for nighttime visitors.

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Japan’s doge meme Shiba Inu has died, hundreds of fans attend memorial service【Video】

Such sadness. Many memories.

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Our Japanese-born reporter eats burrito for first time in his life, changes opinion on McDonald’s

Somehow Seiji ate a beetle before he ate a burrito.

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Perfect Japanese summer day: Chilled desserts served in a Kyoto manor house

Tired from the summer sun on a day of temple hopping? This might be the very best place in the city to take a break.

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These Tokyo train ticket machines have a cool way of helping you if you bought the wrong ticket

West Tokyo rail operator’s video shows clever design feature.

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Right now’s the best time of year for a ride on Tokyo’s often-forgotten streetcar line【Photos】

Beautiful blossoms and a taste of the slow life are waiting on the Arakawa Line.

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Pizza Hut Japan’s pickled plum pizza is mercilessly aware of what it is【Taste test】

We try to wrap our head around the “Japanese Margherita” umeboshi pizza.

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Japan’s Mister Donut apologizes for selling “Meat Pies” that didn’t contain meat

Meat pies are a broad category, but there’s not supposed to be much wiggle room on the “meat” part.

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Japanese spoon puts electrical field in your mouth to trick you into tasting salt, now on sale

It’s like a party in your mouth, and electricity’s invited!

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Japan is changing its yen bills soon, so beware of scam artists, government warns

New bills go into circulation this summer.

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Is the two-hour wait for Tokyo’s Yokota Gaijin Burger worth it?【Taste test】

And if you don’t wait two hours, it might be months until you get another chance to try it.

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Pikachu special kimono plushie is only available one way, hopes to spread love of Japanese chess

Pokémon mascot pays tribute to shogi’s first-ever octuple crown holder.

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Call of Duty’s Gundam crossover looks really weird (if you can read Japanese)【Pics】【Update】

Human-sized Gundams fighting on the streets of Tokyo aren’t as strange as some of the signage behind them.

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Pizza Hut Japan creates Japanese plum pizza, calls it a “Japanese Margherita”【Photos】

Suddenly, Japan’s penchant for putting corn on pizzas seems relatively normal.

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Hayao Miyazaki has secret concept for next anime, considers all animators his rivals, son says

While at Cannes to accept Ghibli’s Palme d’Or, Goro Miyazaki says “The history of Ghibli is a history of failed generational handovers.”

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