A New Start

“Why is this blog post titled ‘A New Start’?” you may ask. Well, for one thing, I completely changed my look into one of the edgiest looks I’ve ever done in my life. And second of all, as of last week, I am completely freelance. The reality of this new change in my life hasn’t … Continue Reading

Tokyo Party Report by Samantha Mariko – April 2019 pt. 2

In Japan, today marks the last day of Golden Week, an extended spring holiday of sorts. With the imperial transition taking place this year, Golden Week was 10 days long instead of the usual one week period. Which also gave me some extra time to write up part 2 of my April Tokyo Party Report. … Continue Reading

Tokyo Party Report by Samantha Mariko – April 2019 pt. 1

In Japan, April 30th marked the end of the Heisei Era. Today, on May 1st, the country welcomed the new Reiwa Era along with the new Emperor and Empress of Japan. Looking back on the previous month, it was jam-packed with different kinds of events, which in my opinion was a great way to end … Continue Reading

SUPANOVA by Saucy Lady Album Review

I think this is the first time I’ve ever done an album review, but there is no way I’m going to miss the opportunity to do one for one of my favorite artists Saucy Lady. Ever since a friend of mine showed me her “City Lights” video back in 2012, I’ve been a huge fan … Continue Reading

teamLab Planets Tokyo

For those of you who’ve been to Tokyo – have you ever visited teamLab Planets or Borderless? If you haven’t yet, maybe you’ve seen images on Instagram or blogs of the gorgeous digital art in many different forms. I visited DMM.PLANETS in Odaiba a couple of years ago (check my blog post here), but I … Continue Reading

Tokyo Party Report by Samantha Mariko – March 2019

March was a flurry of events, with Tokyo Fashion Week right in the middle of it all. I didn’t blog about it this time since I wasn’t so active this season, but there were plenty of other events to blog about. Lots of product & collection launches, anniversaries and store renewals will be featured in … Continue Reading

Some Uplifting Words of Wisdom

I wanted to write this post today with some words of wisdom because we all go through days where we don’t feel our best; where we feel like absolute shit; where we feel worthless or “not enough” because society can really affect the way we perceive ourselves; where we feel lonely even though in reality, … Continue Reading

Tokyo Party Report by Samantha Mariko – February 2019

February was full of colorful showrooms and parties, preparing us for spring that is right around the corner. Are you familiar with any of these new collections or brand launches? Read on for more about each of the events I attended in the month of February! 春を先駆けて、2月の展示会やイベントはいつもよりカラフルでした。このパーティーレポートに登場するブランドや新コレクションのことはもうご存知ですか?2月の東京パーティーレポートもお楽しみください! ZARA 2019 SS Showroom Whenever I feel like … Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why You Should Travel Solo

Have you ever traveled solo to a place you’ve never been to before? If you’ve read my two posts about my trip to Indonesia at the beginning of the year (Jakarta and Bali respectively), then you might know that this was the first solo trip I’ve ever embarked on. In the process of planning the … Continue Reading

“What does ‘beautiful’ mean?” – About Body Image & Body Positivity

Back in October of last year, I had the privilege of guest speaking for a workshop hosted by HuffPost Japan and MASHING UP. “Body image” and “body positivity” are both topics that are important to me and things that I have struggled with since I went head-first into the entertainment industry in Japan. The article … Continue Reading