I’m a Japanese-American model and artist. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from CalArts with a degree in Photography. I love to eat and cosplay! My motto is: Be sassy. Stay classy.
What inspired you to get into cosplay?
I always loved a reason to dress up; cosplaying was a fun and artistic way to become characters I loved.
What is the most challenging character you have ever cosplayed before?
I would definitely have to say Katarina from LOL. Even though it seems simple, I was wearing two swords on my back, one in the belt, tons of knives on my thighs, and pvc arm and leg guards. It was very hard to walk, not to mention the six inch platforms!
Which is a memorable cosplaying experience you had that you can share with us?
Someone once told me that I had inspired them to get into cosplay. They told me that they could see the joy I had in it and wanted to experience it too. They still cosplay today!
What is a typical day like for yourself?
I spend a lot of my time imagining what I want to eat. Then I spend a lot of my time eating. Then I think about the food I ate. The rest of my time I’m editing photos.
If you could time travel, where will you go?
Probably an hour ahead of whatever time it is now. Maybe that would actually make me on time for something.
On a scale of 1-10, how much of a foodie are you?
Probably an 8. Take -2 out for laziness.
What is a lame or awkward attempt a guy has tried to know you?
Someone told me that they saw me walking around for a while, but were too afraid to say hi. You can just say hi to me instead of telling me you watched me.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Mariko. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Sexy is being confident with who you are while being sassy and staying classy.
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