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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Tokyo restaurant’s all-you-can-eat curry, udon is under five bucks, comes with free fried chicken

Or grilled fish, if you’re in the mood for something healthier.

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Häagen-Dazs awesome hojicha latte is a whole new way to love Japanese tea ice cream

Green tea has a permanent spot in the Japanese ice cream lineup, but Häagen-Dazs shows us there’s room for roasted hojicha too!

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This Mother’s Day, give Mom some panties, Japanese lingerie maker suggests

When you were a kid, your mom bought your underwear for you, but are you comfortable returning the favor?

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Sleep like a samurai – Travel provider offers one-night stay in a Japanese castle

Free package includes dinner modeled after meals eaten by feudal lords

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Sanrio’s Kero Kero Keroppi hops into restaurant biz with character cafe in Japan! 【Photos】

Hello Kitty’s frog buddy sits with lonely diners, entices with adorable, delicious food and drinks.

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Sip in silence – Japanese beer makers agree to stop putting “gulping” sounds in their commercials

New age restrictions also put in place for actors and actresses, even anime ones.

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Carnivores and boozehounds assemble! Here comes Japan’s massive one-kilo “Beer Can Hamburg”【Pics】

In Japan’s largest prefecture, we found what just might be it’s largest hamburger steak.

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SoraNews24’s loneliest reporter tests Japan’s new anime-style AI girlfriend smartphone app 【Vid】

Seiji’s search for love takes him beyond the bounds of humanity.

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Japan’s samurai armor bag collection expands with new designs, colors【Photos】

Now there are even more ways to mix old-school aesthetics with modern fashion.

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Figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva skates to anime theme dressed as Sailor Moon

Professional skater recreates Sailor Moon’s transformation sequence on the ice in Tokyo.

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Really, is there any more sensible way to spend that money than in obtaining a 1:1-scale figure of the female lead of one of anime’s most popular harem series?

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Keep cockroaches at bay with Japanese bug-hater’s clever, non-chemical idea

Home-made “bombs” aren’t lethal, let you swap insect invaders for a pleasant smell.

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Japan’s Zelda: Hyrule Lifestyle merch includes Master Sword umbrella, “secret” music sound sensor

Make your everyday life a little more legendary with a Hylian shield shoulder bag and other Nintendo nods.

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Further proof that the beloved, globular Nintendo video game star is marketed very differently in the two countries.

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Poké Ball breath mint holder series will keep you from being a smelly Pokémon otaku

Because when it comes to anime, video games, and personal hygiene, you can love all three.

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Mouth-testing Japan’s porn-star-approved “testicle texture” gummy candies

Adult video actress draws the nation’s attention to gonad gummy-like snacks.

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Nintendo might be getting ready to release a miniature Super NES Classic Edition

27 years after the first 8-to-16-bit Nintendo video game migration, it might be time to do it all over again, so we called the company to see if they’d give us any more info.

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Turn an ordinary pudding cup into gourmet crème brûlée with this awesome trick from Japan【Video】

Genius sweets fan’s technique takes only seconds, requires no special equipment.

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Believe it or not, this isn’t a train – It’s a crazy Japanese rail fan’s house!【Photos】

Usually, when someone says they have a train room in their home, it’s filled with models, but this guy decided to rebuild an actual train carriage inside his house!

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Häagen-Dazs Bakery opens in Tokyo, and its baked goods are so good

In a country filled with great bakeries, you’ve got to do something special to stand out, and this shop/cafe in downtown Tokyo does just that.

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