Hello – My name is Maiko. :: MAIKOCOLORSへようこそ、Maikoです。

I created this blog as a literary pursuit for myself Maiko Howell (previous last name: Kobayashi) and as a platform to showcase what I think and want to share with others incorporating art, fashion and cross-cultural studies approaching from unique + comparative cultural aspects. :: 当ブログはわたしの好きなサブジェクト2つ、書くことへの欲、創作表現の普遍性の追求、が形となったものです。小刻みな変化で溢れる東京を舞台に、アートの独自性が与える価値について問い、それを国内外で分かち合うための拠点として機能します。投稿は不定期にファッションや文化的トピックも含めます。


Some facts about Maiko

Maiko 1) I am a Japan-native blogger who was born in Tokyo.

Maiko 2) My major in university was English and gender studies.

Maiko 3) My work experience has divided between Tokyo and New York so far. I had worked for both Sales and PR departments at Brooks Brothers’ brunch in Tokyo (2005-2008), and as a fashion and art editor at About Glamour Inc. in Brooklyn, New York (2010-2013), where compasses a multi-faceted retail place combined with art gallery and an array of designers’ vintage collection. I currently work as a freelance dividing my time between Tokyo and the rest of the world.

Maiko 4) I am little (a little under 5’3), skinny and I have a high-pitched voice. I figure these are part of reasons why people say I look much, much younger than actual age.

Maiko 5) I’ve considered myself as creative and unique since I was younger. I really hated to wear a series of uniforms, especially the one for P.E. class in the middle school I went to, so I skipped the class quite often and sometimes wrote/drew whatever I was thinking on the uniform with colorful permanent markers.

Maiko 6) The fact my father who designs women’s clothing has brought me countless respects to all the creative world so far.

Maiko 7) My mother is a calligraphy teacher, and she gave me the sense of fun in writing letters and the encounter eventually turned to my desire for writing thoughts. (And I do calligraphy too.)

Maiko 8) I have a sweet tooth. I eat a CD-ROM sized chocolate chip cookie every single day. (I need it to function.)

Maiko 9) I tend to freak out when brand-new hosiery in my closet is less than 5.

Maiko 10) I am not a trend-follower. I’m colorful and thrilled in the midst of fabrics every single day.

Note: My name MAIKO is one of Japanese female names, and doesn’t have any connection to a homonym which means apprentice geisha in western Japan, at this point.

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6 comments on “About

  1. Jd Banks
    August 27, 2014

    Maiko, thank you for sharing your world here! I enjoyed reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

    Liked by 1 person

    • maiko colors
      August 28, 2014

      Jeridel, thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I am so excited to know your work more and more – hope you really enjoy the Japan life too! xx


      • Jd Banks
        August 28, 2014

        Thanks so much!


  2. Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍
    October 15, 2014

    “…at this point.” Ha ha. It’s always best to leave the door of possibilities at least slightly ajar, isn’t it. You have a beautiful, engaging site here and a writing voice that instills one with a sense of peace and ease…and a strong urge for cookies. ~ Kurt


    • maiko colors
      October 15, 2014

      Thank you so much Kurt. My vision is for this blog is that readers will change the ways they perceive how to connect to the creative field (in a positive way of course) and to bring out the value in thinking about it. For the year of 2014, as you may know, I write about something happens in Tokyo and nearby — with a sense of humor and strong background with the city. I hope you will enjoy more, and thank you again for reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍
        October 16, 2014

        Yours is truly a beautiful and noble vision, which, as is evident by all the creativity and inspiration and humor vibrating from your site, is well on its way to being fulfilled. Let’s stay in touch.

        Liked by 1 person

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