Sonoma Getaway Weekend

One of the big perks of living in Berkeley is easy access to wine country. I’ve taken pretty good advantage of the situation in past years–I get up to Napa 3-4 times per… Continue reading

Lost in the Archives: 10 Albums I Enjoyed in 2010

Every year, a recurring item on my list of New Year’s resolutions is “make a year-end music list.” Unfortunately, this just never seems to happen. Though I do better in some years than… Continue reading

A Modern Girl’s Year in Blogging: 2014 Edition

Every year, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepare an annual report for all of their blogs, which makes it a great time to reflect on the year gone by. It was a pretty slow year… Continue reading

It’s Bloggiesta Time (Again)!

I don’t know about you folks, but my 2015 is off to a running start! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to try and deliver more consistent content here at A Modern Girl,… Continue reading

Stars & Sweets: Milky Way Cafe, Ikebukuro

As I mentioned in my last post about cat cafes, I returned to Tokyo this past summer for another round of research, which meant… more visits to my favorite Tokyo eateries and introductions… Continue reading

Reliving Childhood Dreams at The Last Unicorn Tour

If you were a kid in the 1980s, you probably watched the animated version of The Last Unicorn at some point. Maybe at several points. Maybe over and over again until not only you but… Continue reading

My 2014 in Books

Hello, faithful readers! My sincere apologies for the hiatus–2014 has come and gone, and it was a very busy and not entirely positive year, so I didn’t have a lot of time for… Continue reading

Shigenobu Okuma: Founder of Waseda University

Sometimes it’s the small things that define an experience. That coffee shop you studied in, that little old lady you said hi to every morning… or maybe that statue that you’ve walked by… Continue reading

Cat Cafe Time at Hapi Neko, Shibuya

I love cats. I recent acquired two adorable kittens (one Persian, one Himalayan), but since they are back in Berkeley while I am in Tokyo for the summer, I’ve been experiencing some definite… Continue reading

Hello, Kitty: A Day at Sanrio Puroland

Hello Kitty and Twitter: two of my favorite things. The two combined in wonderful ways last year when I entered a giveaway sponsored by @TimeOutTokyo for two passes to Sanrio Puroland and actually won!… Continue reading