My Birthday Weekend – Spa Galanterie at Forest Inn Showakan

Another year older this past weekend, and what better way to celebrate my birthday than at a 5-star hotel with a spa experience! Forest Inn Showakan, in partnership with Valmont Japan, invited me for an overnight stay at their beautiful hotel in Tachikawa, about 40 minutes from Shinjuku. For this post, I wanted to focus … Continue Reading

SHOPSTYLE x LUISAVIAROMA Luncheon at Things Aoyama

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of participating at a beautiful luncheon hosted by SHOPSTYLE x Luisaviaroma at Things Aoyama. Despite it being a dreary, rainy Friday afternoon, many Japanese bloggers and influencers joined the luncheon surrounded by a colorful summer collection curated by Luisaviaroma, titled “Summer Escape.” Read on for more about this … Continue Reading

A Weekend in LA with Yuri Nakagawa

And it’s already been 3 months since my trip to LA and here is a long overdue post (oops). I still remember the flurry of events after picking up my friend Yuri Nakagawa from LAX like it was yesterday. Our meetup in LA was not planned at all – it was a coincidence how our … Continue Reading

Tokyo Party Report by Samantha Mariko – June 2018

I attend a good amount of reception parties and events every month as a blogger, model and DJ. Although I do post about it on my Instagram and/or Twitter, I regret that many of the parties haven’t made it to my blog. So, I decided to do a monthly Tokyo party report with a short … Continue Reading

La Fondue Tokyo 3

La Fondue Tokyo had it’s third party at Wall & Wall Omotesando earlier this month, and thanks to all the participants and guests who attended we had a successful party. Read on for more about the arists who performed, including Saint Pierre from NYC, the pop-ups that participated and photos from the party. La Fondue … Continue Reading

Fast Fashion for the Fashion-Forward

I always have and continue to be a huge fan of fast fashion. For fashionistas who love keeping up with ever-changing trends on a budget, fast fashion is extremely convenient for the low price range. I’m not claiming that I wear fast fashion pieces all the time. I’m a proud owner of timeless, quality, sometimes … Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why Change Can Be Good For You

In just the last two months, so much has changed for me. I chopped off my hair, I changed jobs, I had the honor of guest speaking at Portland State University, etc. etc. If there is one thing I can say about all this is that all of these recent events have changed my perspective … Continue Reading

My Favorite Eateries in L.A. & O.C.

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 Japan Night 2018 Faces of Japan

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 2

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