Mariko was fortunate enough to live in several countries before she turned 10, but no place has felt more like home (or the Moon, depending on the day!) than New York City. She worked in high tech marketing for over 15 years and recently made a long-desired shift to freelance writing. Exploring Brooklyn with her family and getting to write about it has been a dream come true. Mariko loves taking in whatever performance she can get a seat to, eating and running in NYC and most of all, raising two pretty incredible New Yorkers. She lives in Park Slope with her son, daughter, husband and turtle (cat allergy and no dogs allowed) and is thrilled to be a new Mommy Poppins contributor.