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.

Posted by Casey Baseel

How to turn leftover tempura into fried rice (or why to buy all the takeout tempura you can)

We venture into new territory in our latest trip into the SoraKitchen.

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You can now get shaved ice ramen in Japan, and it’s painfully delicious【Taste test】

There’s a lot to love here, and also two things to be careful of.

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Kyoto woman arrested for stealing cat from pet shop, offers strange justification to police

Straight-up theft, or miraculous reunion?

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Crocodile Who Dies in 100 Days creator starts new English-language Twitter manga

Instead of being destined to die, this time the cute manga’s star is destined to fly.

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Japanese dad/otaku worries he’s an embarrassment to his kids, son tells him exactly how he feels

“Aren’t you embarrassed to have people know that your dad is an otaku?” asks hardcore One Piece figure collector.

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You play the newest Pokémon game, Pokémon Smile, by brushing your teeth in real life【Video】

Gotta brush ‘em all!

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New Pokémon Snap coming to Nintendo Switch! Four ways it can succeed where the original failed

It’s a different world than it was in the ‘90s, and that might make all the difference for the Pokémon photo safari game.

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One Piece creator waives copyright for LINE stamps, allows fans to post, profit from fan art

“Of course all the money is yours to keep!” says Eiichiro Oda while announcing temporary free-for-all.

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What do hamsters dream of? Adorable Japanese pet video shows us one answer【Video】

Rintanuno’s greatest desire is revealed and caught on camera while he’s sleeping.

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Japanese notepads you can eat promise to save you from embarrassing body noises at work/school

Grumbling stomach? Trumpet-blast fart? It’s the Kamihime to the rescue!

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Random man attempts to punch female reporter on Tokyo street【Video】

Journalist attempts to continue report as attacker persists.

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Nara deer heading farther outside park during the coronavirus outbreak, but will they come back?

The animals are the symbol of the city, but our local reporter is worried they might be migrating away.

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How to stop the itching from a mosquito bite in minutes using a towel and a microwave

A super easy way to keep the bloodsuckers from spoiling your summer fun.

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Japan’s one-person mini tempura pot turns every day into fry day

The newest addition to our arsenal of solo-cooking equipment.

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Japanese prison offers manga background work program, artwork offered online【Pics】

Rehabilitation center’s program is run by professional manga artist.

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Japan Self-Defense Forces Twitter account issues apology for cute emoticon salute

The cuteness is OK, but something else isn’t.

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Two incredibly important phrases to remember when shopping in Japan

Japan is known for its excellent customer service, but being an excellent customer is important too.

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Japan’s “Dog Mountain Castle” gets adorably invaded by cats【Photos】

15th century fortress besieged by pair of dogs’ age-old adversaries.

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Attention: The cast of Naruto is now cats【Photos】

Anime ninja Naruto turns into Nyaruto for adorable figure line.

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Official Sylvester Stallone Rambo manga portrait from over-the-top artist is crazy and awesome

Rambo the Grappler?

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