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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Japan now has talking Evangelion ATMs

I mustn’t run out of cash…I mustn’t run out of cash…

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Starbucks Year of the Ox collections bring Chinese zodiac style to China, Taiwan, Thailand【Pics】

From playfully cute to quietly elegant, these beautiful bovines are here to keep you company on your coffee break.

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One of Japan’s best whiskies, Hakushu 12 Year, is returning after two years of being sold out

Get ready to raise a glass to, and of, the return of this Suntory star.

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Woman asks for eight-hour taxi ride in Japan, arrested when she doesn’t pay gigantic fare

Driver should have spotted multiple warning signs as soon as she said where she wanted to go.

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Cherry blossom curry is set to bring spring to your plate even before the sakura arrive

Beautiful curry is easy to prepare and made with the petals of Japan’s favorite flower.

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Four photos, five years – A father’s beautiful pictures of his daughter growing up at Nara temple

Loving dad also has a heartwarming idea for what to photograph next.

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One of Japan’s best ramen chains now has a VR game that lets you cook their noodles【Video】

Strap on your VR headset and get set for a virtual visit to tonkotsu ramen specialist Ichiran.

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Our boss becomes the father of a gigantic chocolate egg, raises it with love【Photos】

What can the biggest chocolate egg we’ve ever seen teach us about parenthood?

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Man kicked out of Japan’s national college entrance exam for improper mask-wearing technique

If you can’t handle wearing a mask properly, you’re probably not ready for higher education.

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Japanese politicians want workers across country to have option for three-day weekends every week

Shorter workweek would help fight coronavirus, allow more time for family and education, proponents say.

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Japan’s crazy Air Shield face shield gets strapped to Mr. Sato’s head【Photos】

Our man of many masks tries out this inflatable shield.

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Microwavable okonomiyaki that you can eat with one hand? Yes, please!

Because most of us don’t have table-sized flat grills in our home kitchens.

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Save those coins – Extra-expensive capsule machine toys are on their way in Japan

Bandai’s Premium Gashapon wants to go beyond pocket-change impulse buys.

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A Japanese hot pot with an elevator inside is just what we need to make it through winter【Video】

A clever solution to one of the biggest hassles of eating hot pot.

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Tokyo’s latest plan to boost birth rate: Pay people 100,000 yen per baby they give birth to

Critics are already calling the idea shortsighted.

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Deceptive strawberry milk package angers 7-Eleven customers following banana scandal

Here comes another shady fruity drink.

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Evangelion can (not) get released – Final Rebuild film gets delayed again

Is the coronavirus the 19th Angel?

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Mario can’t beat state of emergency, Super Nintendo World theme park opening delayed again

Thank you Mario! But Universal Studios Japan’s expansion opening date is in another time period.

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Pokémon chooses Katy Perry for 25th anniversary celebration song teased in awesome Poké Ball video

Video promises the song is going to be “electric.”

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“The hell with sound judgement” says Red Bull in ad, but Japanese people don’t seem to agree

Energy drink maker gets edgy in Coming of Age Day message, but some people think they need to grow up.

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