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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The anticipation builds: BABYMETAL to release new album next April

New BABYMETAL album? NEW BABYMETAL ALBUM!!

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Nyarshmallow: The chocolate-filled cat-shaped marshmallows too cute to eat!

If you love cats, chocolate, and marshmallows, you won’t want to miss Nyarshmallows from Felissimo!

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Photos from the Roppongi Hills observation deck are so beautiful they look like CG art!

These photos of Tokyo are so beautiful it’s hard to believe they’re real!

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Twitter has “cute competition,” this hamster is winning with amazing vacuum cleaner impression

We all love our pets and each think ours is the most adorable. But this Twitter user’s hamster has the social media ranking to prove it!

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We visited the gold Star Wars calendar and Darth Vader helmet in Ginza!【Photos】

A giant, solid gold Star Wars calendar? Yep, and it’s just as insane as you’re imagining!

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Astronaut Kimiya Yui’s photos tweeted from the International Space Station are simply stunning

Kimya Yui’s photographs are out of this world, in more ways than one!

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These minimalistic origami-inspired watches are sure to please any fashion lover

Origami has exploded internationally over the last few decades, and these minimalist watches from Hong Kong capture the heart of the tradition on your wrist!

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The Star Wars folding screens just unveiled at Kyoto’s Kiyomizu Temple are amazing

These Star Wars folding screens, unveiled at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, are based on a traditional Japanese design…and they’re pretty awesome too!

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Monday Kickstart: Laugh at these bewildering photos of cats standing in their litter boxes【Pics】

Struggling to get back to work after the long weekend? Kickstart your week with these silly, pooping kitties!

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Slouching too much? Can’t sleep comfortably at work? Get yourself a helping hand!

Thanko, Japan’s premiere producer of bizarre products, is back with the “Chin Rest Arm.” Be the talk of the office with this must-have, not-at-all-insane accessory!

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Bizarre souvenir turns Frozen’s Elsa into a glowing, techno top, and Japanese commenters love it

Even if you’re sick of Frozen, you can’t miss this unlicensed, totally bonkers souvenir one Japanese Twitter user got from the Philippines.

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Feast creates bras for petite “Cinderella busts,” draws attention for upcoming My Melody lingerie

Are most bras too large or just uncomfortable for you? You may want to check out Feast and the upcoming line of My Melody and Kuromi lingerie!

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AI Samurai: The artificially intelligent, armored samurai that will answer all your questions

Are you hosting a large event with lots of guests? Maybe it’s time to call in AI Samurai to help with crowd control!

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Dragon Ball & Attack on Titan’s theme songs—recreated with taiko, flutes, and beatboxing!【Video】

Whether you’re a fan of anime or not, you’ll love Shinpu’s covers of Attack on Titan and Dragon Ball’s theme songs combining Japanese flutes, taiko, and even beatboxing.

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Does true love feel like a cat’s tail? Perfectly timed photo has Internet commenters laughing

One Twitter user’s cat photo has sent ripples of laughter through the Internet, but it’s more than just the cute feline that’s tickling funny bones!

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Use this simple trick to create awesome photos of holiday lights this winter!

With all the pretty lights, there are a ton of photo opportunities during the holidays. Give your pictures a unique look with this simple technique!

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The deceiving cat: Sumo wrestler wins match using “cute” technique, but some are not happy【Video】

A sumo wrestler has drawn ire after using the adorably named nekodamashi, or “deceiving cat,” technique to win a match.

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From Catbus to bento, you’ll love the University of Tokyo’s Lego Club creations!【Photos】

If you love Legos, these photos from the University of Tokyo’s Lego Club will make you want to go back to school and play with blocks!

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Protect your neck this winter with a cat scarf from Japan!

Show your off your love for cats and awesome fashion this winter with an adorable “cat scarf” from Felissimo!

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Sumo horse racing game returns with guest appearances from Street Fighter characters!

With laser-blast-firing sumo wrestlers on horses, Japan Sumo Derby was one of the best things we’ve seen this year. So, how can it be topped? With Street Fighter characters!

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