Happy Halloween in Aderans

Wishing all you party people out there a Happy Halloween🎃 ハッピー・ハロウェン🎃 It’s been a couple years since I did some serious dress-up for Halloween, and this year, these custom-made wigs by Aderans inspired me to do a Halloween-themed shoot. Aderans is known as a wig brand for older ladies in Japan, but when they reached … Continue Reading

The Power of “NO”

Saying “no” can be one of the most difficult things to say to someone. It can change relationships, hurt people, and even cut ties with the other individual or party. I’ve had to do it countless times in both professional and private settings – saying no to people I considered my friends because they were … Continue Reading

Samantha Mariko x Büddy Starr

My photo shoot with Büddy Starr is by far one of my favorites I’ve done so far. His style of photography and thy way he directed the shoot really brought the energy level up to create a variety of  poses and expressions. One minute I was doing the sultry look, the next I was jumping … Continue Reading

Retro kimono style in SALZ Tokyo

The kimono is probably my most favorite traditional garment of clothing, not only because I am Japanese, but because there are endless ways to style one, depending on the season, the design of the kimono, and what accessories you wear it with. It’s easier to get your hands on a yukata, the lighter garment worn … Continue Reading

Interview for “isei Beat” by Cosmopolitan Japan

My interview for Cosmopolitan Japan is now up on their website, featuring the new “isei Beat,” a smartphone with superior sound quality and camera. Since the interview is in Japanese only, I decided to translate it into English myself for all my English-speaking readers. 日本語のインタビューはこちらで読んで下さい! Q: You’re always known for your very mode and cool look. … Continue Reading

My first article for Cosmopolitan Japan

My first article as contributor for Cosmopolitan Japan is now up on their website! Introducing 5 bold lip colors from 5 different brands for an easy fall makeup look. The article is in Japanese, but there are photos and links for all the lip colors I recommend. You can read the article here on Cosmopolitan … Continue Reading

ELEGANT Magazine August Issue No. 27 “White Minimalism”

It’s a rarity and an honor to be published in a fashion magazine, so I’m really excited to share this editorial with you. ELEGANT Magazine August Issue No. 7 – “White Minimalism” with photography by Apple Sabrina Chua, hair by Maiko Kurishima, makeup by Mami Abe, and modeling by me. We decided to work the … Continue Reading

A week of outfits for Cosmopolitan Japan

Check out my latest feature on Cosmopolitan Japan – “A week of outfits by Samantha Mariko.” I think this article helped me realize I’m a style chameleon, that I love incorporating a variety of trends into my style and dress depending on my mood. The text is in Japanese but if you don’t understand Japanese, … Continue Reading

Okami Kult Spring/Summer 2016

I love supporting my friends. Apart from my family, they are the ones who support me with my pursuits, so it only makes sense to do what I can for them. This is my second time modeling for Okami Kult, a Tokyo-based street wear brand by my friend Viktor, who is also a fantastic photographer … Continue Reading

City Kid Feels The Beat – “End of Summer” music video

City Kid Feels The Beat’s “End of Summer” music video is finally out! CKFTB is a rock band based in Germany, with their pop-punk vibe and vocalist Sven’s characteristic vocal style reaching audiences internationally. Their cover of Lady Gaga’s “Applause” received over 10,000 views in less than a week! We filmed this a year ago in … Continue Reading