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BIZARRE MAGAZINE FEATURE ON TOKYO THEME RESTAURANTS BOOK, LA CARMINA INTERVIEWED IN ASIAN BOSTON MAGAZINE. MIYAVI WINNERS ANNOUNCED.


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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.

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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.)

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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

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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/)

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  • I would love my hands on that publication…and as for the song of the day:

    Dear my………………………………………………

    Dear my………………………………………………

    umm….I’ll go with Dear my Friend by Miyavi sama.

    Jeese it’s always so hard to choose between that and Dear my Love. Just so hard.

    Honorable mention goes to Koi no Yokushiryoku by Nana Mizuki in celebration for the launch of Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker here in the NA TODAY WOOOOO GREAT GAME and wonderful song!

    • Oh and while on the subject of music….

      GUESS WHOSE BIRTHDAY IS IT TODAY?! Remember that past article on DELUHI? Well…it’s a member from there – LEDA SAMA!!!! YEA!!!! Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu – let’s hope and wish that he keeps rocking on this year and for the rest of his life.

      And there was another birthday yesterday who I unfortunately missed and forgot to mention – Uruha sama of the GazettE!!!!

      2 awesome guitarists having their birthday a day apart from each other! Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

  • That’s awesomeeeeee :D Bizzare magazine featured your book, woooo :D
    I’m gonna get your book soon in August, cuz it’s not accessible here in Vn :(

    As for song of the day, how about a little flashback to 1998?
    Tank! (opening of Cowboy Bebop) by The Seatbelts/Yoko Kanno?

    It’s freaking addictive :D

    • Oh wow!!! The memories I get from just by looking at the song’s name again.
      I freaking love Yoko Kanno – my 2 favorites from Ghost in the Shell OST, has to be…
      “Where does this ocean go?” and “Cyberbird.” God they’re amazing.

  • I would love my hands on that publication…and as for the song of the day:

    Dear my………………………………………………

    Dear my………………………………………………

    umm….I'll go with Dear my Friend by Miyavi sama.

    Jeese it's always so hard to choose between that and Dear my Love. Just so hard.

    Honorable mention goes to Koi no Yokushiryoku by Nana Mizuki in celebration for the launch of Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker here in the NA TODAY WOOOOO GREAT GAME and wonderful song!

  • That's awesomeeeeee :D Bizzare magazine featured your book, woooo :D
    I'm gonna get your book soon in August, cuz it's not accessible here in Vn :(

    As for song of the day, how about a little flashback to 1998?
    Tank! (opening of Cowboy Bebop) by The Seatbelts/Yoko Kanno?

    It's freaking addictive :D

  • Hiccups

    i suggest the song “To Walk the Night” by SAMHAIN!<3

    congrats on the press btw!

  • Oh wow!!! The memories I get from just by looking at the song's name again.
    I freaking love Yoko Kanno – my 2 favorites from Ghost in the Shell OST, has to be…
    “Where does this ocean go?” and “Cyberbird.” God they're amazing.

  • Oh and while on the subject of music….

    GUESS WHOSE BIRTHDAY IS IT TODAY?! Remember that past article on DELUHI? Well…it's a member from there – LEDA SAMA!!!! YEA!!!! Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu – let's hope and wish that he keeps rocking on this year and for the rest of his life.

    And there was another birthday yesterday who I unfortunately missed and forgot to mention – Uruha sama of the GazettE!!!!

    2 awesome guitarists having their birthday a day apart from each other! Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

  • Tara

    ^ ^ i want to seee! lol

  • Dania

    Guuuuuh, me needz dis.

  • Current Obsession/Song of the Day= Atria by NoGoD
    I’ve gotten dangerously close to singing it out loud in my cubicle.

    • I’ve been listening to a lot of NoGod recently – such a good band.

  • Hiccups

    i suggest the song “To Walk the Night” by SAMHAIN!<3

    congrats on the press btw!

  • Regi

    Noah by The Kiddie is on my playlist on repeat right now…

  • VelvetRosetta

    hey…well i would have to say, one of my favorite songs..are from Dir en grey…Akuro no oka…

  • Wow great feature, and super cool photos!

    My song of the day suggestion is:

    she – Atomic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0gy_IEGIxU

    Or, you could always do one of my songs… ^_^

    http://nvr-ndr.bandcamp.com/

    [tlr]

  • Lashy

    Song of the day? For me, 13 Stairs by The GazettE from their album DIM. That song never fails to blow me away.

    • Ahhh listening it to it now… ahhh! :)

  • my song suggestion: “Play Room” by SKULL :D

    • NICE. I don’t think I’ve featured Skull on my blog yet.

      • You should they totally rock, there just amazing, and they have a single coming out in 2 days and the preview is out now and it’s sounding amazing x].

  • Vendela64

    I love your books, I’ve got them all, haha. Loved the article, they did a a great job spolighting you!

    As for a song suggestion, how about Concieved Sorrow by Dir en Grey. Love those guys. I hope they come back to Seattle soon!

    • Wow, thank you! I really appreciate your support! <3

  • Tara

    ^ ^ i want to seee! lol

  • Dania

    Guuuuuh, me needz dis.

  • Current Obsession/Song of the Day= Atria by NoGoD
    I've gotten dangerously close to singing it out loud in my cubicle.

  • MoonMaiden90

    cool article ^-^
    & also, can’t wait 2 see the photos of the scandalous activities *haha* this should be interesting…

    • Hee hee, I am certain you’ll get a kick out of the photos! They’ll be up soon…

  • Regi

    Noah by The Kiddie is on my playlist on repeat right now…

  • VelvetRosetta

    hey…well i would have to say, one of my favorite songs..are from Dir en grey…Akuro no oka…

  • Wow great feature, and super cool photos!

    My song of the day suggestion is:

    she – Atomic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0gy_IEGIxU

    Or, you could always do one of my songs… ^_^

    http://nvr-ndr.bandcamp.com/

    [tlr]

  • Lashy

    Song of the day? For me, 13 Stairs by The GazettE from their album DIM. That song never fails to blow me away.

  • my song suggestion: “Play Room” by SKULL :D

  • Vendela64

    I love your books, I've got them all, haha. Loved the article, they did a a great job spolighting you!

    As for a song suggestion, how about Concieved Sorrow by Dir en Grey. Love those guys. I hope they come back to Seattle soon!

  • MoonMaiden90

    cool article ^-^
    & also, can't wait 2 see the photos of the scandalous activities *haha* this should be interesting…

  • Hee hee, I am certain you'll get a kick out of the photos! They'll be up soon…

  • I've been listening to a lot of NoGod recently – such a good band.

  • Thank you!!!

  • Ahhh listening it to it now… ahhh! :)

  • NICE. I don't think I've featured Skull on my blog yet.

  • Wow, thank you! I really appreciate your support! <3

  • Hey I hope you got my info. So sorry for the delay=(

  • Hey I hope you got my info. So sorry for the delay=(

  • You should they totally rock, there just amazing, and they have a single coming out in 2 days and the preview is out now and it's sounding amazing x].