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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Fan-made Ghibli Caption Maker lets you put your own spin on famous anime scenes

Works with images from Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart, and more.

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When the pandemic is over…Beautiful photos of places Japan travelers want to visit after corona

Scenery worth waiting for.

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Japanese restaurant chain starts bold new policy: Letting you take your leftovers home with you

Sustainable development goals cited as reason for change, but there’s probably another factor at play too.

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This work pod built for two could be the new way to have face-to-face meetings in Japan【Photos】

For when you need to talk in-person, but don’t want to breathe each other’s breath.

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Tonkotsu ramen potato chips coming from Japan’s most popular Hakata ramen chain

Ippudo celebrates its 35th anniversary by thinking outside the box/noodle bowl.

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Pikachu’s butt evolves into delicious dessert at Tokyo’s official Pokémon sweets shop

Pikachu Sweets and Pokémon Cafes also add Pikachu cheek-to-cheek parfaits and spooky Ghost-type tea drinks.

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Even easier than instant ramen, microwavable oden gives you Japanese winter comfort food ASAP

Taking the time and hassle out of preparing the simmered variety dish.

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Happy ending – Demon Slayer thief returns stolen manga to their angelic hot spring home

Yamaguchi onsen has a special request for everyone who’s angry at the thief.

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Hayao Miyazaki makes rare video appearance to check out Ghibli Museum’s revamped cafe【Video】

Describes his dessert as “beyond satisfying,” producer Toshio Suzuki and son Goro also stop by.

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Fourth and final Evangelion Rebuild movie finally has release date, beautiful new trailer【Video】

You can (really) mark the end date for the entire Evangelion anime franchise on your calendar now.

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Uber Eats Japan offering strange discount just for people who don’t really need Uber Eats

Telling the food delivery company you don’t need them to deliver your food nets you some extra cash.

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Finishing before the end – Japanese gamers discuss why they quit games right before the last boss

Gamer who loses interest at the climax finds out he’s not the only one.

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Japanese manners debate: Is it OK to tell your coworkers “I’ve found a new job?”

Pros, cons, compromises, and proverbs to consider when it’s time to say so long.

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Cat in Japan finds the perfect shrine to take shelter from the rain at

Cats have a habit of hanging out wherever they want to, but at this shrine felines are honored guests.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken installs fried chicken pick-up lockers in Tokyo, two other cities【Video】

A no-wait way to get your fried chicken take-out fix.

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Lazy stay-home innovation from Japan: the addictive cloud nap mat

Work hard, nap soft.

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Evangelion movies get special 4-D theater screenings to rock your body as they blow your mind

If you’ve ever wanted to get sprayed in the face while watching Eva, this is your chance.

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Final Fantasy XVI’s story and primary development are finished, Square Enix hiring “final” staff

Square Enix says it’s looking for people who relish the challenge of weaving their ideas into the next Final Fantasy.

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Izumi Matsumoto, creator of Kimagure Orange Road manga/anime, passes away in hospital

One of the industry’s most influential creators battled health issues nearly his entire life.

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120-meter Godzilla statue opens in Japan, fans can now zipline into the kaiju king’s mouth【Video】

It’s Godzilla! But for once, people aren’t screaming and running away, but cheering and drawing near.

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