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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10 tweets showing just how crazy snow can make things in Tokyo

As a natural phenomenon loved by many, snow can be pretty cool. Unfortunately, in Tokyo, it’s often more like a wet, cold monster that ruins everything!

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This Japanese startup has created a hologram assistant to control all your devices

Feeling jealous of Tony Stark’s Jarvis? Soon, you may have a hologram assistant of your own!

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New bite-sized cakes of Disney Tsum Tsum characters’ butts are adorable, full of booty

Everyone loves a cute tuchus!

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This is the Rei Ayanami doll we’ve been anticipating since last year—and it was worth the wait!

The final item in the Evangelion x Japanese Sword doll series looks awesome…and she’ll cut you if you disagree.

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J-pop star Kyari Pamyu Pamyu has a virtual reality theme park ride, and it’s open now!

The J-Pop star joins the ranks of such musicians as Michael Jackson with new limited-edition USJ theme park ride. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. 

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100 years of Japanese women’s hair and makeup trends in less than a minute and a half【Video】

The newest installment in the 100 Years of Beauty series shows off some of Japan’s most famous fashions of the last century.

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Protect yourself from ghosts while staying stylish this winter with new Heart Sutra tights

 

Haunted by demanding ghosts but can’t afford to look like a dweeb? These tights are just what you need!

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With these new cats stamps, all your documents will be officially cute!

Need a new personal seal/hanko for all your official paperwork in Japan? Then you’ll definitely want one of these adorable cat stamps!

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What’s the best way to write “Happy New Year?” With cats, of course!

The new year may have already begun according to the calendar, but it hasn’t really started until you see this video!

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Crazy clothes, car accidents, and bungie jumping: The 2016 “Coming of Age Day” round-up

Coming of Age day is a huge deal for young adults in Japan, which means insane clothes, cars, and…bungie jumping?

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No-Face has apparently moved to Aomori and taken up playing tsugaru-jamisen on the street

Famed Ghibli character apparently couldn’t cut it making movies, seems to have resorted to busking to get by.

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Scottish Fold Manju is the definition of too cute to eat!

Which will win — your rumbling tummy or these adorable Scottish Fold faces?

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This cat is not impressed with its friend’s smelly butt 【Video】

Cats have no problem sniffing each other’s butts…but this one found an entirely unpleasant surprise!

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Want to study abroad in Japan but short on funds? The Freeman-ASIA program might be able to help!

Scholarships for US students studying abroad ensure more people get chance to experience learning in Asia.

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Check out the ball-handling skills of classical Japanese aristocrats with this new video

Ronaldo might be an amazing player, but we’d like to see him try playing in the clothes of classical Japanese aristocrats.

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Takarazuka, Japan’s all-woman theater troupe, is producing a musical about Abe Lincoln

Responsible for the Rurouni Kenshin musical and a musical memorial for Shakespeare, Takarazuka will bring an American president to the stage.

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Video of a man riding a bicycle made to look like a white horse is both beautiful and bizarre

Why is this young man riding the horse bicycle around Bangkok? We have no idea, but we can’t stop watching this video!

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Watch monkeys spell “monkey” in the year of the monkey at the monkey center in Hyogo Prefecture!

Monkey see, monkey…spell?!

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New Miyazaki Pref. tourism ad gets laughs with the incomprehensible dialect of an ancient god

Looking for a great travel destination for the new year? Well, this one will at least ensure you never understand what anyone’s saying!

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Japanese gamer gets attention online with gorgeous NES and SNES decals for Forza Motorsport 6

Yo, dawg! I heard you like game systems, so we put game systems in your game system!

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