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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New Kirby Cafe coming to Japan’s most underappreciated foodie town with exclusive menu items

Kirby, and his appetite, show some love to Nagoya.

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“My employees were killed.” Japanese pond owner breaks into tears after 3,000 fish die in robbery

Monetary damages “don’t matter at all” compared to the loss of life, owner says in heartbreaking video.

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Starbucks Japan’s new cream pie’s looks are freaking people out

”Pearl chocolate” looks like something else, many are saying.

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And now, a traditional Japanese bon dance, performed next to a life-size anime robot statue【Vid】

Classic anime opening theme song provides the musical accompaniment for old-school summertime celebration in Tokyo.

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Giant puppies frolic, play with frisbees in the Tokyo skyline in new 3-D billboard display【Video】

Akitas appear in an appropriate part of town.

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Giant wearable baby head, huge randoseru backpack part of empathy-boosting art exhibit in Japan

Would you appreciate being told “Go outside and play!” after carrying an 18.9-kilogram (41,7-pound) backpack on your commute?

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Japanese candy Hi-Chew says a heartfelt, ridiculous goodbye as it retires Green Apple flavor【Vid】

Famous anime voice actor voices flavor that’s stepping out of the spotlight after 40 years.

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McDo…raemon! McDonald’s Japan offering Doraemon Shake and pie for festival season

It’s like an Anywhere Door for your sweet tooth.

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Hayao Miyazaki produces animated commercial for Ghibli Park【Video】

Ticket reminder features narration from another Studio Ghibli co-founder.

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The twin joys and dual sadnesses of eating ramen in the U.S.

The food tasted great on our trip to this Seattle ramen restaurant, but some things were very different from what our reporter is used to in Japan.

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Instead of working from home, let’s find out what it’s like to work from a Japanese “beach house”

Can the Shonan summertime party place work as an office?

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Anti-ramen stain T-shirt eliminates the one and only bad thing about eating ramen【Video】

Because ramen belongs in your belly, not on your shirt.

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Newest branch of Japan’s oldest burger chain serves up some crazy huge sandwiches in Ginza

Dom Dom Burger goes big as it comes to Tokyo’s fanciest neighborhood.

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Watermelon soup? We test out a strangely alluring recipe from Ajinomoto【Recipe】

Going beyond watermelon smoothies with watermelon gazpacho.

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Why does Japan actually like the super loud, constantly buzzing sound of cicadas?

For many people in Japan, there’s no more welcome sound than the incredibly loud whining buzz of the seasonal insects.

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Hot Topic and Studio Ghibli are opening a fashion store in Tokyo’s Harajuku【Photos】

Awesome Princess Mononoke denim and Spirited Away Yokosuka jackets join extra-kawaii Totoro at Harajuku Collective pop-up store.

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Our matcha skeptic finds green tea dessert for people who don’t like green tea sweets【Taste test】

We get a surprise as we continue our search for Japan’s best cafe shaved ice.

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Turning a crazy cheap country Japanese house into a home — Step 3: Dragon attack!【SoraHouse】

Sayonara, sheds!

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Monkeys have attacked more than 60 people in three weeks in one Japanese town

Monkeys have come inside people’s homes to attack them, including a man asleep in his third-floor bed.

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What is Japan’s “blue Hawaii” shaved ice, the flavor everyone knows but can’t describe?

Every summer, people across Japan enjoy the delicious flavor of…blue…

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