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.

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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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New Sputniko! music video presents modern take on traditional myth, inspired by real life science

Unrequited love? This scientist may have found a solution!

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You can never unsee this figure of Machochu, the nightmare mashup of Pikachu and Machoke【Photos】

“Macho, Macho, Machochuuuuu!” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, though, does it?

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Book your plane tickets now: Shanghai’s official Hello Kitty restaurant looks amazing!

Looking for the cutest dining experience ever? Time to head to Shanghai!

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Babymetal makes US television debut performing on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert【Video】

“I’m not sure what I’m about to see…but I’m pretty excited about it!”

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A brief history of emoji, language standards, and why you can text piles of poo to your friends

You likely know that emoji originated in Japan, but do you know how they ended up basically everywhere in the world?

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Japanese Twitter user finds a use for leftover stamps, sends the internet into a laughing fit

Well, how else are you supposed to get rid of your leftover two-yen stamps?!

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Turns out those adorable Neko Atsume cats are actually kind of jerks…【Video】

You may love playing Neko Atsume, but just what do all those adorable kitties think of you? After watching this hilarious video, you may prefer not knowing…

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Windows update notification muscles in on digital billboard, proves there’s no escape

We know updating is important for security, but this might be a bit much, Microsoft.

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Celebrate every day on the calendar with NHK’s historical videos of Japan!

From Castle Day to Haircut Day, there’s an old-school, black-and-white video for any occasion!

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From adorable cats to space shuttles: The perfect obi is waiting for you here!

Your search for the perfect obi is nearly over!

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New Shibuya capsule hotel targets women visiting from overseas with gorgeous bath and more

Looking for an inexpensive, relaxing place to stay in Shibuya? Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuy may be just what you want!

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Cat terrified of vacuum cleaner chooses the strangest place to hide

For many pets, the scariest thing in the world is a vacuum cleaner — but this cat took an unusual route to escape the monster machine!

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Licca-chan spills her guts (literally) with this unsettling April Fool’s Day joke doll

This is the creepiest version of Licca-chan ever, even for an April Fool’s Day joke.

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Babymetal’s new album, Metal Resistance, is out now and it’s awesome

Not that you needed anyone to tell you, but…

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DMM opens registration for “Panty Collection” game, insists it isn’t an April Fool’s joke

Yes, we know what day it is, but they insist it’s real!

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Yamaha shows off their routers with sexy gravure-style calendar

“My packet switches bring all the boys to the yard…”

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Mamametal is here to headbang, not be your stinking maid【Video】

We don’t know who cleans up after Babymetal, but we’re pretty sure it’s not Mamametal…

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From the Up Up Girls to Polysics: The five weirdest Japanese music videos this year so far【Video】

When your trying to sell your music in this day and age, it helps to get a little creative with your videos.

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