Reflecting on 2013

Here I am again, in my apartment in Japan, typing up my reflection of this past year. This year was crazier than last year, especially the last half of the year. As some of you may or may not know, my father passed away in August due to a tragic motorcycle accident. When I first … Continue Reading


  These are just a few of the photos that were used in a video presentation at my father’s memorial service. Reminding myself that I won’t be able to see his beautiful blue eyes or his charming smile anymore is painful. I won’t even try to describe my feelings at the moment in a blog … Continue Reading

Dear Dad,

  I know I’ve been very MIA this past week, and my apologies to everyone who’s been leaving me comments on my posts. My father passed away last Friday, and I had to fly back from Tokyo to LA immediately to be with my family. Yesterday, we had the memorial service at the church my … Continue Reading


It’s been a couple days since my birthday passed, but would just like to thank those of you who left me sweet birthday messages on my Facebook and Instagram. Thank you so much! I spent a relaxing birthday in Tokyo this year. My 22nd year was full of new experiences and people and I hope … Continue Reading

Mother’s Day

I went through some old photo albums at my grandparent’s house today and found these lovely treasures. Made me miss my mom so much. ママ大好きだよ! Have a Happy Mother’s Day – show your mom the love she deserves!

Looking back at 2012

I can’t believe I’m sitting here, in my tiny apartment in Tokyo, Japan, typing up a reflection of this past year. 2012 went by much too quickly, and for me, it was probably the biggest turning points in my life thus far. At the beginning of 2012, I was still an undergraduate at UCLA finishing up … Continue Reading

My week via Instagram

It’s been a week since I’ve arrived in Tokyo, and despite the humidity, I’m enjoying the fast-pace lifestyle here. There isn’t too much to update right now; hopefully I’ll have more interesting blog posts coming up soon. If you haven’t already, follow me on Instagram (@samanthamariko). 🙂 [Sayaka Araki – Butcher’s Table – Fukutoshin subway … Continue Reading

Looking back

I can’t believe that 2011 is finally coming to a close. This year was a very exciting year for me – many new experiences, people and places. Some memorable moments: 1. My first piano recital at UCLA 2. My first kimono fashion show at LACMA 3. Dying my hair for the first time ever 4. … Continue Reading