When you’ve lived away from home sweet home for over 5 years like I have, you start getting behind on the new, trendy hang out spots and eateries. During my recent trip to L.A. & O.C., I was fortunate enough to meet with many of my local friends who’ve introduced me to a variety of … Continue Reading

Portland State University’s Japanese Student Society has been hosting Japan Night for 10 years now, and this year I’m proud to say that I was invited to perform and speak as one of the headlining artists. With taiko, kendo, dance performances, and a special performance by headlining artist Eden Kai, Japan Night 2018 proved to … Continue Reading

La Fondue Tokyo had a successful second party at Wall & Wall Omotesando on March 29th! With many talented artists, DJs and a variety of pop-up brands, our second party proved to be even more diverse than the last. Read on for more about La Fondue Tokyo II with amazing photography by my friend, Fu … Continue Reading

Every year I go back to my roots – my native hometown in southern California to refresh & rewind. It’s always an exciting prospect when I think about visiting my friends and family from back home, and it’s great to be away from Tokyo even if it’s only for two short weeks. A chance to … Continue Reading

Yes, like the Christina Aguilera album that marked a change in her overall style and presentation. For me, back to basics means stripping down whatever I feel is unnecessary and making the decisions that I’ve always wanted to make, including my new haircut. バック・トゥ・ベーシックス。そう、クリスティーナ・アギレラ新しいルックとスタイルをデビューしたアルバムのように。私にとってのバック・トゥ・ベーシックスは必要じゃないものを捨てて、今までやってみたかったことを思い切ってやってみること。このヘアカットもそのひとつです。 My dream haircut Sporting an super-short haircut has always been a … Continue Reading

Spring is finally here, and a new season marks the beginning of changes to come for many. In Japan,  cherry blossom season is when the school year ends and the new one begins, signifying change and growth. Maybe it is as simple as the warm weather and the beautiful cherry blossoms that are finally giving … Continue Reading

I can honestly say that skincare has grown to become one of the most important aspects of my daily routine. While inner beauty is just as important, what you put on your face will make you or literally break you (I’ve been there already, trust me). After dealing with a traumatic few years battling acne, … Continue Reading

Disclaimer: This guide is aimed more towards first-timers in Tokyo as opposed to people who have been living in the city for some time. When I have friends visiting from other countries for the first time, the most commonly asked questions are, “What’s the night life like in Tokyo?” or “Which clubs or bars do … Continue Reading

I’ve dreamed so long for the day to come, and it’s finally here! NYX Cosmetics has officially launched in Japan, and their first store opened on Friday, March 16th at the Harajuku/Omotesando Tokyu location. I’ve been following along on their journey, from media presentations to a demonstration by makeup artist Jordan Liberty, and I’ve enjoyed … Continue Reading

Last week, I had the honor of attending the 10-year anniversary party of Atelier Swarovski and Swarovski Ginza. And to celebrate this remarkable anniversary, Swarovski Ginza invited Taiwanese-American fashion designer Jason Wu for an evening of cocktails, as well as having his beautiful collaboration collection on display during the party. Read on for more about … Continue Reading