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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These gothic Girls’ Day dolls are darker than a dark pit of dark darkness with the lights off

If Emily Strange were a Japanese girl, these are the dolls she would put up for Hinamatsuri.

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Lovely lullabies based on Secret of Mana by Metal Gear Solid composer will give you sweet dreams

Forget hiding in boxes — it’s time for a nap!

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Adorable cats and utter chaos feature in this bizzare video for mobile game Seven Knights

We have no idea what the game is about, but we can’t stop watching this insane video!

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Eat these new desserts and celebrate the weirdest Easter ever with the lazy egg Gudetama

Gudetama looks to replace the Easter Bunny by doing basically…nothing.

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These figures for an upcoming ukiyo-e exhibit are perfect for cat-lovers and art-lovers alike!

Especially if you have an appreciation for the macabre!

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New BABYMETAL song debuts on BBC, immediately shoots to the top of iTunes charts【Music】

Put your kitsune up!

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Japan’s Cat Island tweets a plea for cat food, gets so much they can barely store it all

Cat caretaker asks for cat food on Twitter, gets way more than she bargained for!

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Stamp collecting cat-lovers rejoice! Japan Post to release insanely cute cat stamps in April

Not a stamp collector yet? That’ll change in a few months!

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Celebrate Hina Matsuri with Hello Kitty sweets!

You don’t need to be a little girl to enjoy these treats, but we’re sure it wouldn’t hurt!

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11-year-old guitarist Li-sa-X appears in new commercial, rocks out using a debit card as a pick

Because normal guitar picks are for babies!

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Celebrate Cat Day in Japan with these delicious cat doughnuts from Ikumi Mama Animal Doughnuts

February 22 is Cat Day in Japan, so Ikumi Mama Animal Doughnuts is making delicious, adorable cat doughnuts. And we got some!

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Zoopy: The cuddliest stuffed-animal covers you’ll ever need for your phone!

Give your phone an adorable pet of its own with these stuffed animal cases!

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Panasonic to recognize same-sex marriages of its employees starting this April

Panasonic, the Japanese electronics producer and one of the Olympic Games’ biggest sponsors, announces sweeping policy changes.

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If you have official city business in Koka City this week, a ninja will gladly help you!

Every day leading up to Ninja Day (February 22), Koka City public servants will come to work dressed as the secretive badasses!

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Nissan reminds us to check for sleeping cats before starting cars with adorable montage【Video】

Cats love to hide in warm spots in the winter, so be sure to check your car before hitting the ignition on cold days!

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Noisy neighbors? Need silence to study? These tiny dogs can help!

Get the peace and quiet you need by shoving a tiny dog in your ears!

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Han Solo and other Valentine’s Day chocolates we weren’t lucky enough to get

If you were lucky yesterday, you got some chocolate. If you were really lucky, you got some of this chocolate!

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Watch this Sapporo Snow Festival sculpture being torn down with heavy equipment 【Video】

Sometimes the best part of a festival is the clean up!

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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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