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

Back to Basics

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

5 Things I Learned After 5 Years in Tokyo

Starting a brand new life in a different country is never easy. Even if you’ve visited many times and can speak the language fluently, there are so many things you can learn from totally immersing yourself in a different culture and surroundings than the one you grew up in. This is exactly what happened for … Continue Reading

A Time for Reflection – Looking Back on 2017

It’s surreal to think that it’s already Christmas Eve, and that in just one more week it’ll be 2018! The older I become, each year passes by more quickly than the previous one, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who feels that way. And it’s already that time of year for reflection … Continue Reading

10 Things You May Not Know About Me

Tokyo has officially entered coat season, and everywhere I go, the holiday spirit is in the air. Earlier this week, I went to Tokyo Disneyland and it was so festive with all the Christmas decorates and the huge Christmas tree on Main Street. I always get excited when sweater weather is in full swing, because … Continue Reading

A little 6-year Blogiversary

Yes, it’s been 6 years. 6 years since I officially launched my blog back in 2011 (check out how different I look in my first ever post!). The official “date” is actually a week away, but I thought I’d share this post a little early, mainly for myself. I think blogiversaries are the perfect opportunity … 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

Reflecting back on 2016 and New Year’s resolutions

As I get older, each year seems to fly by before I know it. As scary as that sounds, I do try to make each day fulfilling and help me grow as a person. I enjoy writing up my “reflection” post at the end of each year because it’s the one time I can sit … Continue Reading

and here comes another year

Another year older, another year full of experiences, whether happy or painful, as long as it teaches me a lesson or two in life. The previous one was full of crazy stories, to say the least. All I know is, every time I welcome a new year, I’m thankful that I’m still alive and healthy … Continue Reading

in remembrance

It’s already been two years since my dad’s passing, and it really makes me realize how quickly time flies. But there’s almost never been a day where I do not think of him and miss his presence. This is probably the last photo I ever took with him at my college graduation, and I had … Continue Reading