About The Wagamama Diaries

Welcome! I’m happy you’re here. I’m Teni, founder of The Wagamama Diaries.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, my curiosity for Japanese culture led me to a life-changing decision: relocating to Tokyo, Japan, my home for nearly 20 years. Living in the heart of Japan has allowed me to immerse myself in the latest beauty trends, minimalist fashion styles, and holistic lifestyle practices.

Pictured with my daughter in 2018. Shot by photographer Leslie Kee for Alfa Romeo’s project “Under One Sun – Be yourself” to celebrate the beautiful diversity of our world.

I started this blog in 2017 as Baby Kaiju, and renamed it in 2019 after my “selfish” (wagamama) desire to rediscover and reinvent myself in motherhood.

Since then, The Wagamama Diaries has become an invaluable English-language resource for foreign women in Japan as they navigate motherhood, lifestyle, and beauty trends. In fact, this blog consistently ranks high Google searches for topics related to Japanese beauty products and motherhood in Japan! As such, I have been featured in  The Guardian, BBC 100 Women, and The Japan Times.

New to The Wagamama Diaries? Start here:

Top 10 Posts of All Time: The Wagamama Diaries

1. Where To Buy Makeup In Japan

2. Learning From the Japanese Approach To Anti-Aging Skincare

3. Japanese/English Baby Names For Boys and Girls

4. Top Japanese Cleansing Oils

5. Pregnant In Japan? Here’s What You Should Know

6. The Truth About Japanese Whitening Cosmetics

7. My 5 Favorite Places to Shop in Japan for Baby and Toddler Clothes

8. Where to Buy Skincare Products in Japan

9. LuLuLun Precious White, Red, and Green Sheet Masks

10. Japanese Products That I Use On My Natural Hair

Honorable Mention: An Inside Look At Kindergarten in Japan

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