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I feel pretty good about being published since it came out of me teaching young writers & thinking I ought to show/go through the whole process myself. I taught the Power of Audience but didn’t share much of my own writing! I felt the call of a writer again.

Now, more than ever, I love encouraging others to open themselves up to other writers & readers.

Here are some places my writing appears. wpid-img_20150717_074346.jpgwpid-imag8571.jpgwpid-imag8375.jpg-Melissa and Kariin Jan 2013 WEB-39

essays,     restaurant reviews,      poetry,          reviews,                 interviews, 

food,            travel,          anthologies,                 words online & in print!

Some recent cases for thumbs-up: 

Brain, Child

Tell Your Kids Early Pregnancy can bring great joy–also many unknowns, many fears, and sometimes, sadly, heartbreaking news. I say that telling people–friends, family, and even our children, early-on about our pregnancy can build a great support, even with the risks.

Mother As Witness On the task that is fighting to record all of the change our kids and family undergo. Memory fails, but how can we possibly write all  of this down or take enough pictures to remember right now?

Why I Let My Kids See Me Naked I would rather be open than allow my kids to see and repeat any shame in their bodies. This is my first piece in this esteemed magazine. I welcome any comments, especially if they are adverse to my thinking. I wonder about the ways & “whys” in which our parenting is different.

The Village Magazine

I Burst Tonight Writing about the ways we burst as parents–from overwhelming noise, situations, joy, fear–bursting in every which way and emotion.

Dumping Desks and Changing Minds: I write as a forever messy person, now in charge of raising kids and being a wife and partner in this home. I talk about dumping desks and clearing minds.

Knocked Up Abroad Again

This anthology showcases what it means to become a mother in a foreign land, by 26 women in 25 countries. A powerful project which unites and empowers women. We are more than our struggles, our expectations, our joy. An exquisite read!  Read, watch the video, share!! Live on Kickstarter!

Knocked Up Abroad Contributor Chats

— My first-ever podcast interview! We sit, editor and publisher, Lisa Ferland, and me, connected by our stories and all the words to describe living and raising kids abroad–she, in Sweden, and I, in Tokyo.


Frustrated with the Stanford rape case and so many cases before it, I penned this piece on what parents of young kids (and all kids) can do: teach and model responsibility, respect, & consent, in ways that are emotionally and developmentally appropriate.

Roasted Montreal 

Contributor to my Tokyo-spin on Michelle Little’s series, Traveling with Toddlers! Here is my big take on this big city and how I do with my own tots. Tokyo, it turns out, is very accessible.

Jena Schwartz

The Roar Sessions: Guest Post Howl, Scream, Speak: The Voice of a Mama Exploring the voice I’ve grown as a woman and mother. An unwelcome guest brings out tenacity and strong language in my guest post. Read every Roar Session for maximum results!

Kyoto Journal

Any Ring is Commitment–Even One Made of Fire This piece delves into what transpired on March 11 and how that earthquake changed my view of home here in Japan. My, how I want you to please download this gorgeous journal. It is artisanally-crafted, reflecting the delicate beauty of Kyoto, and holding, in Journal no. 85, my essay about living on The Ring of Fire.



You Cannot Have Your Cake or Eat it Either Documenting a family moment, avec candy wrappers, tears, and a big consequence. Co-parenting with love, forgiveness, & a month-long suspension from sugar can be a good thing.

Hand-Me-Downs: A Measure in Giving It can be tough to let go of our children’s delicate baby/toddler clothing. Sometimes there is faith in giving and of course, receiving.

Lilith Magazine Blog

The most vulnerable of any posts. I bare it all. Grateful for Lilith’s enviable coolness that has been off-the-charts since 1976, y’all.

Cargo Literary Magazine

Pedaling In and Out of Waves: Life in Tokyo, Not at the Beach -“Melissa Uchiyama offers a view into the transformations and lessons that come from finding home in a culture different from one’s own.”-says the editor. xoxo

Literary Mama

Profile: A Conversation with Deborah Jiang-Stein-Speaker & author of Prison Baby, an extraordinary memoir opening wounds and the insights from being born to an incarcerated mother, finding the truth of her birth and early years, and catapulting to a place, where she and her organization can help thousands of women.

After Page One: Birth of a Writer

Journal Prompt: Free Write, Tools to inspire the writer

Interview with Suzanne Kamata, acclaimed writer

New Seeds & Writing Bridges


My Daughter is Learning to Say No, With Help From the Purim Story

I Felt Like an Outside Living in Japan, Until I Befriended Another Mom

The Very Strange Experience of Traveling Alone as a Mom

My Favorite TV Character is a Rapist

HerStories Tales

Mothering Through the Darkness, Women Open Up About the Postpartum Experience, Contributing author. Order Here! My essay deals with an accident and the guilt I experienced, compounded by the fact that I am a foreginer dealing with all things life-abroad.


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Asian Jewish Life

My Hope, Less Fears: A Homecoming Halted A piece about my first and (sadly) only time in Israel. Hearing about terrorism prompted a panic in me. I talk about that & the ways I’ve since grown through & out of that.

BonBon Break

Outside Inspiration for Meals in which I talk about all the traffic we’re giving our small city balcony, eating there for every meal, when weather allows.

Best of Baby

Americans Give Birth Abroad piece, documenting my experiences in Japan, part of an enlightening, brilliant series

Air France-

My travel map & mini-guide for the glamorous airline to showcase just a handful of my fave Tokyo sites & places to grab a glass or bite.


summer-ikea-feature, features my fam & me in the magazine for designers, all seasons print

This writerly blog-hop!

Brain Child

Reader Profile


Ghostwriting for a premier bilingual site for Tokyo foodies

Tokyo Cheapo

Writing food & travel pieces for the fun, flippant, site!

More interviews and author profiles soon!

The best is yet to come. 

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