BIZARRE MAGAZINE FEATURE ON TOKYO THEME RESTAURANTS BOOK, LA CARMINA INTERVIEWED IN ASIAN BOSTON MAGAZINE. MIYAVI WINNERS ANNOUNCED.
Several of you have messaged me, asking about the Miyavi ticket giveaway results — my apologies for the delay! Thank you to all of you who entered, and for spreading the word out to your networks. It’s too bad I could only pick seven entries via random number generator… I’ve sent out emails to the contest winners. If there isn’t anything in your inbox, don’t worry — I’m having another fantastic contest very soon. Promise.
Jhoseline Parada, you are one of the winners but I’m not able to contact you! Please email me ASAP or I’ll have to give away two LA tickets to someone else… so readers, you might still have a chance to go.
A quick press roundup. Bizarre Magazine, a UK publication about all things weird, did a three-page spread on my Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo book. Let’s play bingo! Can you spot the jail restaurant I visited with Andrew Zimmern? A Japanese vampire? Monkey waiters? A cross-dresser? (NO it’s not me, it’s the maid with the parasol.)
Asian Boston, a magazine that spotlights Asian-Americans, interviewed me for the latest issue (I love the psychedelic design!). Above is a scan; the full text is pasted after the jump. (All my press clippings are found in this section.)
What’s on my mind? Young Visual Kei boys wearing short-shorts and training bras… sigh! (Yes, there will be photos of this scandalous activity on my blog.)
Anyone want to suggest a Song of the Day? I’ll give you a shoutout! Leave your favorite tracks in the comments.
Japanese Word of the Day: Karui ko = “light pretty,” which means an easy woman.
Song of the Day: ネガ (Nega) – Quadrangle
Hello La Carmina!
Article for Asian Boston magazine by Joanne M. Choi
If you love Hello Kitty, and in your ideal world she is dressed up in an elaborate black and red gown complete with fangs, tats, the requisite spiked boots, then La Carmina wants you to join her world! This multi-tasking girl ascribes to the “Harajuku” way of dressing à la Gothic Lolita.
Songstress and designer, Ms. Gwen Stefani of “No Doubt” may have introduced en masse to the US fashionistas that quirky, cute, street style that Tokyo gals pull off effortlessly, but La Carmina has always resided in this Harajuku world. “It is something that I was always into. I went to Hong Kong and Tokyo a lot growing up…I was able to pick up the clothes while in Asia.” Her love of Japanese fashion led to co-designing a cute-meets-Gothic La Carmina fashion line, which will be revealed and sold on her website (lacarmina.com) early this year.
Currently, La Carmina is busy doing a blitz of publicity on both coasts for her 72-recipe cookbook, “Cute Yummy Time,” which illustrates how to make food cute and animal shaped. One can transform a simple bagel into a singing crab or a boiled egg into a chick. She recently flew to Tokyo to be on the travel show “Bizarre World” with Andrew Zimmern, and she appeared on NBC’s Today Show as well.
La Carmina confides that her family is “excited that I am able to do this.” It isn’t a great leap to assume that her Vancouver-based family first expected her to utilize her law degree from Yale. La Carmina explains, “I have always loved alternative cultures and went to punk rock shows as a teen. I soon realized that a law career wasn’t for me.” As she was trying to figure out what she wanted, she started a blog in September 2007. She described blogging as “liberating” and explained, “Professional blogging is a job. I do get income from the blog.”
Not surprisingly, she is busy with the book tour, maintaining her blog, writing for CNNGo.com, and uploading Goth Cooking videos. We discussed some potential inquiries and deals. I was sure she wouldn’t turn down a deal with Muji (the Gap of Japan) if it came up, but she ends with these thoughts, “I am more realistic. You figure out a plan of action. It is not productive to have a pie in the sky mentality. Once these relationships develop organically, that is the way to tease how it will come out.”
As I write this piece, it strikes me that La Carmina is part of the new wave of Asian Gen Y’ers in the “biz.” In conclusion, she is mature and has a business mind, although she has only logged a few years along the media avenue. When asked about the future, her answer is free and forthcoming, “My agent and I want to get started on something else. I want to do something diverse and unexpected. Do it all. Have my hands in everything.” (http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/)