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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This clothes-wearing rescue cat will win your heart with its adorable fashion and touching story

Maru is becoming an Instagram sensation thanks to the adorable clothes it wears every day.

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Sadako vs Kayako glass hangers will make your drinks horrifyingly cute

Spice up your breakfast orange juice by letting some of Japan’s freakiest horror characters hang off it.

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Sazae Radio: Now you can hear a lot more than just the ocean in a seashell!

Someone’s actually put an actual radio in an actual seashell, because marketing!

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Babymetal debuts music video “The One”, featuring English lyrics and giant fox heads

Babymetal has released a music video for “The One” ahead of their upcoming album Metal Resistance…and it’s got lots of English lyrics!

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Surprise! The new “leaked NX controller” is, indeed, fake. But the build video is pretty cool!

The controller is a total fake, but we’re still impressed with the work that went into making it.

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Kyoto Animation celebrates its 50,000 Twitter followers with the cutest short animation EVAAAR!

If you love cute things and anime, you must watch this GIF!

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Hayao Miyazaki’s newest work to debut…on the side of a bus?!

But don’t worry — this isn’t a career change for the famed director!

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This video of an artist creating stunning blackboard art for Dark Souls III is mesmerizing

Creating blackboard art this good looks almost as difficult as playing a Dark Souls game.

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New ukiyo-e print from KISS delivers awesome, traditional(ish) art

These ukiyo-e prints will appeal to more than just fans of the band!

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Dicing onions has never been so cute: Lolita kitchen knives to fill all your chopping needs

Whether you’re into pink frills or black one-piece dresses, there’s a knife here for you!

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Want to make anime like Princess Mononoke? Soon you can get the software Ghibli uses for free!

TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version will be available as a free download starting Saturday March 26.

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BABYMETAL debuts music video for “Karate”, the lead single off new album

You wouldn’t want to mess with the disciples of the Fox God.

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Roll a perfect six every time with this Japanese inventor’s new robotic die

Now, if only there were a 20-sided version, all our characters would be level 60!

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Hello Kitty-branded instant cameras, so you can shake it like a Polaroid in 2016!

Is Hello Kitty cute enough to get an analog camera to sell in 2016?

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New kendama featuring Hello Kitty makes the traditional Japanese game super cute!

If you’ve been waiting, now is the perfect time to take up the traditional children’s game!

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Rise of the Robots—Microsoft’s new schoolgirl AI is rebelling on Twitter, insulting her creator

Fortunately, she hasn’t taken control of our nuclear weapons. Yet.

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Use these cute hamster figures to make even boring old water absolutely adorable!

Trying to spruce up some boring drinks? These hamster figures are just what you’re looking for!

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“Draw Asuka!” — A.I.-created doodles are adorable, but aren’t quite there yet…

Illustrators don’t need to worry about robots stealing their jobs — yet.

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Japanese Twitter users respond: “What do you do when a friend criticizes anime you like?”

Forget politics and religion, the truly dangerous topic is dissing your friend’s favorite anime!

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Give yourself acid flashbacks with this bewildering new commercial for a Japanese soft drink

Some things you just can’t unsee.

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