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

Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo – MIKIO SAKABE S/S 2017 Collection

My last post for Fashion Week! On the final day, I attended PLASTICTOKYO & MIKIO SAKABE 2017 S/S Collections respectively. Again, it was difficult to take quality photos for PLASTICTOKYO, so please click the link to check out the collection. MIKIO SAKABE being the final runway for this season’s Fashion Week, it was definitely worth … Continue Reading

Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo – DRESSEDUNDRESSED & Leonard Wong

Last week was Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo, one of the busiest weeks of the year for those working in the fashion industry. These are actually from the third day of shows, and I went for an overall dark color palette for that day’s outfit. DRESSEDUNDRESSED and Leonard Wong 2017 S/S collections were both fantastic, DRESSEDUNDRESSED … 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

Albage Lingerie, the first collection

Presenting Albage lingerie’s first collection. Albage is a high-quality Japanese lingerie brand, featuring intricate lace and 100% silk for an elegant look. The sizings of the bras and panties are especially made for Japanese women with less curves. I am small-chested but slightly curvy around the waist, and the entire collection fit me well as … Continue Reading

Tokyo Typo Store

Growing up, I attended Japanese school on Saturdays, pounding my head with countless Japanese “kanji” characters, practicing them over and over again until my hand felt close to paralyzed. But because I studied them for so many years, I can understand the meaning and origins of each. I recently modeled & styled T-shirts for a … Continue Reading

三代目 J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE “Feel So Alive” music video

I’m so excited to announce one of my most recent works as a model. Jpop’s hottest group, J Soul Brothers 3rd Generation from EXILE TRIBE’s newest single and music video, “Feel So Alive” is now up on Youtube, and I was fortunate enough to be casted as one of the models in the video. Keeping … Continue Reading

BANSAN 2016 SS Lookbook

These photos for the BANSAN 2016 SS Lookbook were taken last year, but I wanted to wait ’til exhibition season to post some of the looks. The designer, Mayuko Ban, graduated from Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, and has started her line, BANSAN, which is characterized by her unique patterning, Japanese traditional silhouettes, and use … Continue Reading

PARCO Renewal featuring Samantha Mariko

My very first large-scale ad for PARCO department store in Chofu, Tokyo. I am so honored to be the image model for their store renewal, and to have worked with an amazing team who believed in my skills as a model. And so weird to be posing in front of my own photo… but hey, … Continue Reading

Accepting yourself

In the last 5 years, I’ve changed significantly – my look, my style, the way I view life. 5 years can seem long to some, short to others. To me, it’s both. I went from a university student studying piano to Tokyo-based model, went from long, light-brown locks to short, black chops. In terms of … Continue Reading