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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Is real Tokyo as dangerous as the Yakuza video games? Chapter 2: Towards the Gray Darkness

Mr. Sato continues his night out in Kabukicho, the real-world Kamurocho.

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A visit to Japan’s one and only nuclear shelter maker【Photos】

Seiji learns about the importance of “positive pressure.”

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Is Tokyo’s real-world Kamurocho as dangerous as the Yakuza games’ setting? Mr. Sato investigates

Our ace reporter hits the streets in his Kiryu Kazama cosplay to talk to the people who know Kabukicho best.

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Even by Hokkaido standards, Cape Chikyu is an amazingly beautiful place to visit【Photos】

Often-overlooked town boasts the top-ranked sightseeing spot on Hokkaido Natural Beauty 100 list.

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One of Tokyo’s busiest subway lines is adding women-only cars

Policy seeks to protect female passengers from gropers.

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Japanese police in Oita no longer banned from shopping at convenience stores while in uniform

Uniformed cops being able to make combini runs is meant to be a win-win for police and the communities they serve.

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This crazy wearable cushion is Japan’s truly hottest winter fashion【Photos】

It’s called the Warm Roll Cushion, but “warm” doesn’t do enough to describe how much it does to keep you from feeling any cold.

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Tochigi-born model asks for fans’ support in new role.

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Mr. Sato becomes handsome anime boys with the power of AI, and the SN24 team transforms too【Pics】

Photo editing app is like having a production team adapt your life into anime, in more ways than one.

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Tokyo’s Totoro Christmas cakes are now at the top of our Christmas wishlist【Photos】

Please, Santa, we’ve been really good all year, so bring us some adorable Ghibli-themed sweets!

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Cherry blossoms are going to bloom on Tokyo’s new license plates

Can you spot the Tokyo cultural salute in the sakura’s pattern?

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New Pikachu bras and other Pokémon lingerie appear in Japan【Photos】

Pokémon and Peach John team up for new collection of bras, panties, and roomwear.

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Dip your fried chicken into your milkshake, says Japanese fast food chain, sparking debate

Culinary breakthrough, or recipe for disaster?

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Pokémon Center apologizes for writing model Nicole Fujita’s name as Nicole Fujita

Even native Japanese readers had trouble spotting the problem in collaboration announcement.

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How to make your own hoshi-imo Japanese dried sweet potato snacks【SoraKitchen】

Making one of Japan’s favorite snacks is a slow and easy process.

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Buying Japanese concert tickets may get even harder for foreign tourists with new government plan

Digital agency wants to link sports and concert ticket purchases to resident-only government-issued ID card.

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A visit to Japan’s Kirby Cafe to eat the Kirby car cake and more!【Photos】

Kirby car cake is the true breakfast of champions.

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Japan has a special foil for roasting sweet potatoes at home, and it’s like having a time machine

Kuro Foil is exactly the kind of culinary black magic we want at this time of year.

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Anime’s sourest dad is now a sweet dessert with the Evangelion Gendo cake!【Photos】

It’s like a distant, disapproving dad’s Father’s Day party in your mouth!

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It’s pretty amazing buses in this Japanese town don’t crash into this mountain every day【Video】

Nagasaki bus drivers handle hairpin with centimeters to spare.

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