† LA CARMINA †
Japan Goth fashion / culture blogger. Travel TV host & arranger. Coolhunter. Author of 3 Jpop books. CNN, AOL, Huffington Post journalist.
“Adorable, in a somewhat bizarre way.” - The New Yorker
(La Carmina has) “beauty, grace, intelligence and can speak with authority on many subjects.”
“If you don’t subscribe to this woman’s Facebook, blog, and Twitter feeds you are really missing out, kids.”
- Andrew Zimmern (TV host, Bizarre Foods)
Contact La Carmina for TV / personal appearance inquiries, sponsorships, advertising and other collaborations.
La Carmina is a professional Japan & alternative fashion/beauty/alt cultures blogger, travel TV host, author of 3 books (Penguin USA and Random House), designer and journalist for AOL Travel / Huffington Post.
TV HOST & FIXER: La Carmina has appeared on The Today Show and co-hosted an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel, which airs in 75 countries. NHK Japan filmed a documentary about her work; recent presenting and arranging credits include Food Network, Discovery Channel/Fuel, National Geographic, Pro Sieben Germany, Dutch Pepsi, Sony Australia, Canal Plus France, Norway TV, CNN, Mexico Tourism Board and more. (View her reels below and here.)
TRAVEL SHOW: She hosts, writes, arranges and field produces a "Coolhunting America" travel TV show for Huffington Post / AOL. La Carmina travels and scouts out underground attractions and bizarre subcultures, starting with Wisconsin. Watch the first episode.
COOLHUNTER: She runs a trend consulting / TV hosting and arranging company: La Carmina & The Pirates. The crew specializes in Cool Japan, cosplay, Goth, fashion, music, art and youth subcultures. (See resume and hire the Pirates.)
BLOGGER & JOURNALIST: Her popular blog has been featured in major publications (The New Yorker, Washington Post, WWD, Village Voice, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Time Out New York, LA Times). She is a travel and pop culture journalist for CNN, Huffington Post, AOL Travel. La Carmina has a large, passionate online following, and was twice invited to Luisaviaroma's Italy event for the world's top fashion bloggers. She was a guest at NY Fashion Week 2012, where she sat front row and spoke at IFB Conference. She spoke about travel video and social media at the 2012 PRSA Travel and Tourism Conference.
AUTHOR & EDUCATION: Her 3 books include Cute Yummy Time (about decorating food to look adorable - Penguin USA) and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (maid cafes, cat cafes, vampire and ninja restaurants - Random House). La Carmina is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School.
FASHION DESIGNER: La Carmina designs clothing with various fashion brands. She is active in charity work, working with the NOH8 campaign, and raising money for relief efforts in Japan. She recently released the HOPE t-shirt collection and Soho Hearts Panda necklace, with funds going to the earthquake and tsunami victims.
† AUTHOR (illustrator & photographer) - I wrote three books about Japanese pop culture and food.
CUTE YUMMY TIME (Perigee/Penguin USA, Oct 09) is a “kawaii” (think Hello Kitty) cookbook that brings the recent trend of personified bento boxes to an American palate. It features four-color photos and my adorable anime drawings. Major US cities book tour; appeared on The Today Show.
CRAZY WACKY THEME RESTAURANTS: Tokyo (Mark Batty/Random House, Sept 09) is an eye-popping visual tour of Tokyo's kitschiest theme restaurants. This hardcover is packed with my color photography.