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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“Kawaigari”: Learn this depressing sumo jargon while enjoying photos of wrestlers with cats!

Learn about this sad sumo jargon while enjoying a few photos of sumo wrestlers petting cats!

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Traditional Japanese New Year’s decorations with a Mad Max theme? WHAT A LOVELY DAY!

SHINY AND CHROME!

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Pigeon gets on the wrong train but doesn’t notice in time—we can totally empathize!【Video】

This pigeon got on the wrong train. What happens next is probably exactly would happen to any of us!

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These Hello Kitty shoes might be too cute to wear…but that won’t stop us from trying!

Looking for some cute kicks to get yourself ready for spring? Then it’s time to check out this collaboration between IROnna and Sanrio!

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Scared to show old school buddies your bald head? This reunion committee has reassuring news!

If you’ve started going bald, events like class reunions can be a major source of anxiety. But this reunion committee has some words of encouragement!

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What is this adorable owl doll made of—mushrooms or wool? The Internet isn’t sure!

An artist tweeted a photo of “the process of turning a mushroom into an owl,” and commenters were amazed. But should they have been more skeptical?

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Being attacked by a sword-wielding maniac? This martial artist has perfect defense!【Video】

Dealing with sword attacks isn’t like the movies, but this master will show you how to defend against blade-wielding crazies you might meet on the street!

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The cloth bags to be bundled with upcoming Neko Atsume character books are absolutely adorable

Need a new handbag? Love Neko Atsume? Then we have excellent news for you!

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Photos of costumed cyclists at start of race leave Twitter users laughing, scratching their heads

A Le Mans-style start in cosplay seems like the perfect way to begin a bicycle race!

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Despite getting Star Wars VII on launch day, Japan will get the eighth installment a month late

Japan went nuts over The Force Awakens, but not enough. The next film is slated to be released a month late in Japan — and some are blaming Yokai Watch!

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Capybara across Japan ward off the sniffles by bathing with yuzu, delivering big dose of adorable

Adorable photos of capybara bathing with yuzu deliver the dose of cute that is just what the doctor ordered!

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Quiz time! How many of these photos of Japanese places can you identify?【Photos】

How well do you know Japanese travel destinations? Test your knowledge and see how many of these locations around Japan you can identify from photos alone!

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Gachapon toys for Japan’s “first manga,” Scrolls of Frolicking Animals, to be available next year

The medieval Scrolls of Frolicking Animals burst into the mainstream with museum exhibits. Soon, they’ll also be available in local gachapon machines!

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Hello Kitty Data Leak: If you have a SantrioTown account, you might want to change your password

Misconfigured database left SanrioTown user information openly accessible.

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Harajuku kimono event aims to usher in the new year in style!

You may not think of kimono when you think of Harajuku fashion, but department store Laforet is looking to change all that with a limited-time event!

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Store sign in Japan tells couples to stay away on Christmas Eve so staff won’t feel lonely

In Japan the loneliest day to be single isn’t Valentine’s Day but Christmas Eve. And the staff at this restaurant doesn’t want to see any happy couples!

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See Kyoto’s Nijo Castle in its original design with this virtual tour built in Minecraft!

Nijo Castle is one of Japan’s hottest tourist destinations…but for a truly unique historical tour, you need this Minecraft recreation based on the original design!

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Tiny Buddhist statues: These new gachapon figures are more pious than adorable!

Need some new figures for your desk? Then check out these Buddhist statue figures from Kaiyodo!

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Pikachus squeezing through turnstile strangely adorable, possibly nightmare-inducing【Video】

Long lines of giant, waddling Pikachu aren’t exactly an unfamiliar sight around these parts, but the sight of them struggle to get through a turnstile is absolutely adorable!

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Star Wars on ice: Video of figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu with a lightsaber is as cool as it sounds

Japanese ice skater Yuzuru Hanyu is famous for record-breaking performances—but none are as awesome as this video of the athlete with a lightsaber!

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