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.

All Stories by Casey Baseel

This is Japan’s oldest tempura restaurant, and it’s awesome

Its founder started out with a street-side food stall in Japan’s samurai era, and his restaurant is still serving customers in Tokyo today.

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Pikachu ramen topping instantly makes your instant noodles twice as much fun to eat【Photos】

Sure, maybe you’re too busy to cook, but there’s always time for the most famous Pokémon, right?

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Japan now has Ronuts, donuts topped with slices of cake for two-in-one dessert decadence

Mister Donut doubles the deliciousness by teaming up with a beloved Japanese cake shop.

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Japanese people least likely to talk to strangers or offer help on airplanes, survey finds

Selfish and unfriendly, or quietly respectful?

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Immigration officials raid cosplay event in Malaysia, arrest four foreign cosplayers

Event organizers say government organization told them foreigners wouldn’t need special visas, arresting officers disagree.

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Crushed turtle on tracks delays train in Japan, problem “not uncommon”

The turtle wasn’t hit by a train, but was still too slow to get out of the way of another source of danger.

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This beautiful Starbucks just outside Tokyo has an aural connection to Japan’s samurai past【Pics】

Your eyes will love the traditional Japanese garden, but keep your ears open for a sound that’s been marking life in this town for centuries.

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Uniqlo reveals first-ever T-shirt collaboration with Your Name anime director Makoto Shinkai

Shirts will be in stores just before the opening of Shinkai’s newest anime movie, Weathering with You.

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Some thoughts on Netflix’s Evangelion anime translation controversy: Like, love, and eating d***s

Evangelion’s original English scriptwriter has some harsh words for people complaining about translation choices, but also a pretty good point.

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Kim Kardashian drops plans to call new fashion brand Kimono Solutionwear

Angry response causes lifestyle entrepreneur to backtrack from first-choice of name for new innerwear line.

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This mouthwatering sushi is all from one of Japan’s greatest convenience stores【Photos】

Japan sets the bar for convenience store excellence pretty high, but this one clears it with ease.

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Uniqlo announces brand-new line of awesomely beautiful Sailor Moon T-shirts

Celebratory shorts for anime/manga classic will be released in 26 countries.

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Brand-new Sailor Moon anime movies bring back original ‘90s anime character designer【Video】

Sailor Moon is taking two steps into the future, but it’s bringing an important part of its past along for the ride.

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Japan now has sleepable rental cars to help travelers save money by skipping a hotel

Clever interior modifications turn parked car into private bedroom.

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Gun-dam, these are some crazy-looking anime robot-style cooking knives from Japan【Photos】

Ever wanted to prepare dinner with a replica of Gundam’s heat hawk mecha weaponry? Now you can.

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Wondering if your boyfriend will be a good husband? Give him the tea test, Japanese Twitter says

Simple behavior has a deep meaning, according to believers.

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Beautiful idol singer leaves show business, opens delicious ramen restaurant in Tokyo

She used to be affiliated with AKB48, Japan’s biggest idol group, but now ramen fans are the ones singing about her amazing noodles.

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This “mountain bandit” restaurant is one of the coolest places in Japan【Photos】

You won’t get robbed or taken hostage, but you might not ever want to leave.

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Yoshinoya in Japan has an amazingly cheap all-you-can-drink plan for you booze-and-beef cravings

It’s been said that beef is best, but beef with unlimited alcohol is even better.

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Young boy shows how to be a good otaku after asking dad for three copies of Pokémon Uniqlo shirt

Exeggutor fan remembers that he’s not the only one who loves Pokémon.

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