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

Like creating manga? Want to visit Japan? Then enter the International Manga Awards!

The Tenth International Manga Award submission period is open now. Gold and Silver Award winners will get a chance to visit Japan!

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Japanese farmer discovers his chickens are helping raise a kindle of kittens

“One of these things is not like the others.”

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Beat your phone into submission with these Street Fighter 2 capsule toy stands

“You must defeat my Shoryuken to stand a chance.”

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Up the ukiyoe with this Iron Maiden woodblock print featuring Eddie as a hellish courtesan

Forget running for the hills, we’re running to buy one of these amazing prints!

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Fashion brand niitu leaves us stunned with Shinto shrine photoshoot

It’s absolutely divine!

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Junior high student leaves us laughing after mistaking traditional pattern for Wi-Fi symbol

Kids these days with their freaking Zunes and PalmPilots!

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Continuing earthquakes in Kumamoto have moved a GPS observation station nearly one meter

Strong earthquakes are expected to continue for another week.

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Enhance your texting with new Line stamps featuring Totoro, Catbus, and more!

Let Totoro do the talking next time you’re at a loss for words!

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Aso Jinja, one of Japan’s oldest shrines, hit with extensive damage in continuing earthquakes

Both the shrine’s large gate and hall of worship have collapsed.

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New gachapon set introduces capsule toy cat toys for your capsule toy cats!

It’s capsule toy-ception!

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Here’s why some are speculating yesterday’s Golden Gai fire was connected to the Olympics

Tokyo’s historic drinking district is sitting on prime real estate, and that’s got people thinking…

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This OL has had enough BS for one day, goes on smelly kicking rampage in new ad【Video】

Forget kung fu action films, the newest kicking badass is this stinky-footed office lady from Japan.

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Love kabuki? Now’s your chance to take the stage as an actor — if you have the cash

If you’ve ever wanted to be a kabuki actor, now you can train like a professional thanks to Kabuki Taro!

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Laser-cut art allows you to combine, transform multiple pictures with just two sheets of paper!

What do you get when you combine a cat and a robot?

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These photos show how Japanese architecture has changed over the last 100 years

Japanese commenters aren’t so impressed with modern cityscapes, but are they just being nitpicky?

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Let Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma greet your wedding guests, make your special day too cute to forget

And you can decide which one’s the groom and which is the bride!

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The only things better than Japanese cooking videos are miniature Japanese cooking videos!

At this point, we’re not even sure we can even call it “bite-size!”

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Improve your drawing skills with these videos featuring a veteran Japanese animator【Video】

From explosions to roses, there are sure to be some tips to help you out!

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Twitter user’s all-natural, all-organic “Roomba” has us grinning

Want a robot vacuum but worried about the robot revolution? There’s a pet for that!

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Japanese Twitter users share gorgeous photos of sakura season coming to an end

Sakura leaves are beautiful whether they’re clinging to trees or fallen on the ground.

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