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Emily has taken on TikTok with a firm grip in the past year, capturing the eyes of millions and receiving over 195.5 million likes with her calm and quiet content and different interesting recipes. But who is she? Is she a 2020 covid TikTok star who rose to fame?

The 29-year-old vlogger and influencer lives in the Bay Area of California and finds comfort in simplicity. After graduating from Columbia University, Mariko worked for L'Oréal in 2014 for marketing and product development where she learned the tactics of social media, followed by moving to San Francisco and working with Facebook.

From Facebook she finally decided to take on her passion of content creation and began youtube where she currently hass 726,000 subscribers. Her channel was initially called Sharewear as it focued on fashion, daily outfits, and lifestyle content. Working a corporate job, lots of people don't like to have their full name and information on their social platforms.

Her TikTok was originally fashion everything but this wasn't her forté. In September of 2020 an OOTD video of hers got about 10k views, followed by a meal prep one which helped her realize that people loved seeing her create the food she did.

In August of 2021 she made lettuce wraps that were loved by 2 million viewers and then made salmon burgers (in ASMR style) which got 4.6 million views. Mariko is known for her leftover salmon rice bowl & getting eye level with much so that the video currently has over 7 million likes and 70 million views!

You know we've got the recipe for you in case you wanted to try!


  • 1 cooked salmon filet
  • 1 cup of white rice
  • An ice cube (if you’re using leftover rice)
  • Soy sauce
  • Kewpie mayo
  • Sriracha
  • Seaweed
  • Kimchi (optional)
  • Avocado (optional)


  1. Using a fork, mash the salmon on a plate and transfer it to a bowl
  2. Add a cup of rice to the bowl
  3. If you’re using leftover rice, place an ice cube on top towards the center & place parchment paper over the top. Microwave for 30 seconds
  4. Add your soy sauce + kewpie mayo + sriracha. Mix!
  5. Add sliced avocado and kimchi (optional) on the side
  6. The most important eat the entire bite wrapped in a piece of seaweed!

Although she's adored by millions of tiktok users, a lot of viewers also feel that she lives an unattainable lifestyle considering her kitchen is always in pristine condition, she's only shopping at farmers' markets, and her food is always put together to the point of appearing perfect.

Her socials all promote wellness and the concept of making food that satiates you without calorie-counting or a ton of preparation. Simply enjoying the sounds of chopping, cooking, and devouring. Mariko has continued her lifestyle content over the years as well. She does vlogs that include running errands, partaking in daily chores, doing her farmers market runs, and of course creating recipes for us all!

Mariko has got her own weekly newsletter where she releases personal notes and recaps small details from  previous week’s videos such as recipes, workouts, and lifestyle content.

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