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

These leggy felt figures are utterly fabulous, totally bootylicious and only barely safe for work

These fantasy figures look almost real!

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Watch an artist sketch Shabani, Japan’s handsome gorilla, and fall in love all over again【Video】

This sketch is amazing…almost as amazing as Shabani’s gorgeous, steely eyes!

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Love Street Fighter and ramen? Then you’ll want to head to Shinjuku Station tonight or tomorrow!

Looking for a free meal? Then stop by Shinjuku Station and try some Hadoken ramen!

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This tsundere-prone steampunk ramen timer is kind of impractical, totally awesome!

Do you love cup ramen, but hate boring technology? Then this mercilessly strict steampunk ramen timer is just what you need!

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Hyperactive squirrels have captured the attention of Twitter users…and these two cats!【Video】

Finally something humans and cats can agree on — these squirrels are captivating!

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Japanese university student makes stunning wooden clock that literally writes the time 【Video】

It might not be very portable, but it is absolutely beautiful!

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Japanese glassworker shows off adult-oriented creations, leaves us impressed and slightly afraid

Still looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Your search is nearly over!

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Danbo dances to Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt so Good,” charms us with adorable moves【Video】

Sometimes, even boxes just feel like dancing.

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Check out some of the cool, weird, and funny sculptures featured at Sapporo’s Snow Festival

Missing out on the 67th Sapporo Snow Festival? Check out some of the snow sculptures that have been popular on Twitter!

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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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