Preston Phro

Preston Phro (or simply Phro as most know him) is a Coloradoan attempting to fit in in Tokyo. (Surely, he would succeed if not for his unruly hair.) He puts his master's in classical Japanese literature to good use by writing silly stories and articles for the Internet. Having lived in Nara, Osaka, and Yamaguchi before moving to the Kanto area, he's quite happy to finally have a place to call home! When not writing, he enjoys annoying his wife by plucking at his shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese instrument not entirely unlike a banjo) and pestering her with questions about Japanese history. He also occasionally attempts to remember all the stuff he's forgotten since university.

All Stories by Preston Phro

Take your co-op gaming to the next level with this giant Famicom controller

The family that games together on a giant controller…probably gets in lots of fights when someone is late to press jump.

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Someone is making new Hello Kitty flip phone in 2016…and we actually kind of want one!

Tired of the battle between iOS and Android? Time to get a Hello Kitty flip phone!

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This is easily the most entertaining Japanese history video we’ve ever seen【Video】

This video might not help you ace a final, but it will definitely help you get motivated to study Japanese history.

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Hello Kitty skull ring and skull necklace are totally cute and metal as f#@%

You think you’re metal? Well, we bet you’re not half as metal as these silver Hello Kitty skull accessories!

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Six of our favorite songs performed on traditional Japanese instruments to get you to the weekend

From “Shake it off” to “Smooth Criminal”, these Japanese cover songs will definitely have you tapping your toes! 

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Need a souvenir to take home from Japan? How about some cute Hello Kitty minicars?

Forget miles per gallon — it’s all about the cuteness per gallon!

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Can’t afford to buy an island but want to chill on an empty beach? Rent one for about $600 a day!

Need a background for your Katy Perry “Roar” cosplay photo shoot? Sarushima may be the perfect destination!

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Kobayashi Kiyochika expertly captures light and shadow in these gorgeous ukiyo-e prints 【Art】

If you love art, you’ll definitely want to check out Kobayashi’s prints!

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Forget the panda—this otter playing in the snow is the cutest thing you’ll see today【Video】

OMG! You guys, this is so cute. Like, seriously. Just. So. Freaking. Cute.

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Get your calculator ready! Twitter user shows how to transform Anpanman into Doraemon using math

Hate math class? Well, maybe this clever Japanese Twitter user might change your mind!

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Japan’s favorite Shiba is winning even more fans with his adorable stuffed polar bear friend

Marutaro, Japan’s most beloved shiba inu, not only shares his name with a hedgehog — he also shares his nappy time with an adorable stuffed polar bear!

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These new samurai sword scissors are gorgeous and we want them now!

Sanada Yukimura is among the most popular military leaders of medieval Japan. And now you can use his swords and spear to mangle all the paperwork you hate!

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What do Kamen Rider and Darth Vader have in common? They’re both in this (insane) video!

Have you ever wondered who would win in a battle between Darth Vader and Kamen Rider Black RX? Neither have we, but thanks to this video we have an answer!

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New Toyota ad answers the age-old question: How is a sumo wrestler like a car?【Video】

Seven sumo wrestlers, one car. The similarities are almost too numerous to list them all!

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Olympic boxer who misplaced bronze medal in 2013 finally finds it…at home

Reported as stolen at one point, Satoshi Shimizu’s 2012 bronze Olympic medal has been recovered. The boxer found it while unpacking after moving!

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10 tweets showing just how crazy snow can make things in Tokyo

As a natural phenomenon loved by many, snow can be pretty cool. Unfortunately, in Tokyo, it’s often more like a wet, cold monster that ruins everything!

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This Japanese startup has created a hologram assistant to control all your devices

Feeling jealous of Tony Stark’s Jarvis? Soon, you may have a hologram assistant of your own!

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New bite-sized cakes of Disney Tsum Tsum characters’ butts are adorable, full of booty

Everyone loves a cute tuchus!

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This is the Rei Ayanami doll we’ve been anticipating since last year—and it was worth the wait!

The final item in the Evangelion x Japanese Sword doll series looks awesome…and she’ll cut you if you disagree.

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J-pop star Kyari Pamyu Pamyu has a virtual reality theme park ride, and it’s open now!

The J-Pop star joins the ranks of such musicians as Michael Jackson with new limited-edition USJ theme park ride. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. 

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