BIG NEWS: APPEARING IN NHK JAPAN DOCUMENTARY! CUTE YUMMY TIME RECOMMENDED IN WASHINGTON POST HOLIDAY COOKBOOKS GIFT GUIDE.December 18, 2009 at 22:00 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | 1 Comment
I’ve been juggling projects recently, and something awesome was just confirmed… NHK, Japan’s national public broadcaster, is shooting a 20 minute documentary about cute cooking that will focus on my work and book, Cute Yummy Time! I’m currently brainstorming with the producer and director, so I can’t say much more about it yet. But NHK will be shooting the “New York Wave” episode in January, and it’ll air internationally (many US cities receive the channel). There might even be some way you can be part of the filming… I’ll keep you posted.
I’m still reeling: The Washington Post listed my book Cute Yummy Time in their Holiday Gift Guide! Recommended “for globally minded cooks,” Bonnie Benwick describes my cookbook as “Japanese fun with food that is irresistibly charming.” (You can find more info on my book here.)
Hope you’re enjoying the holidays! If you’re looking for holiday gifts, please consider my Japanese charaben-inspired cookbook, Cute Yummy Time — thanks for your continued support!
WHERE TO BUY JAPANESE BENTO COOKBOOKS, RECIPE BOOKS AT KINOKUNIYA BOOKSTORE, LOS ANGELES. KAWAII RECIPES, CUTE LUNCH BOX BENTOS.December 12, 2009 at 05:36 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time, Videos | 1 Comment
Why so serious, Carmina-sama? It’s a sunny day in La-la-land, you’re flanked by cute Visual Kei rockers, and you’re at a signing for your very own books! But one must always stay in character for cosplay — at least in my mind — and I’m the bento lady with a grudge from Nintendo’s Phoenix Wright. Grr. (More photos of my costume are here.)
Ementhy attracted random passersby to the table by beckoning frantically and calling: “Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Come here! Hey! Hey!” Half of the time, his approach worked. The other half averted their eyes and speed-walked away in terror.
Here’s a closeup of my octopus choker, made from red felt and black thread. (If you want the edible version, there’s a recipe for octodogs in my cute cookbook!)
Annenberg TV featured me in a news story about “how La Carmina’s Cute Yummy Time is changing the way people think about healthy food.” You can view it here and below:
As I say in the video, all the cute-faced creations in my book are made from healthy ingredients.
Thank you to everyone who came to my signings. It was lovely to speak to you in person, and your outfits rocked.
I’d say Hi Hi Caro wins the award for “most kawaii haircut.”
And this pic wins the Nobel Prize for Awesome. Come join in the fun! My J-pop books, Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo and Cute Yummy Time are in all major bookstores and can be purchased online. Perhaps you’d consider putting them on your Xmas wishlist? Thanks, everyone, for your continued support.
ONIGIRI HAT, BENTO LADY COSPLAY FROM PHOENIX WRIGHT ACE ATTORNEY, NINTENDO DS. ANGEL STARR, CHARABEN BENTOS, RICE BALLS.December 12, 2009 at 05:33 | Posted in The Book: Cute Yummy Time | 1 Comment
What do you think of my handmade cosplay outfit?
Pillbox hat: Magenta felt glued and sewn around a cardboard cake tin (!!). A white face sponge and black fabric forms the onigiri decoration.
Furry cardigan: An old knit cardigan with faux fur trimming sewn onto the bottom and sleeves.
Mermaid dress: Sewn from a pattern.
Octodog necklace: Red felt and black fabric. Close-ups to come.
Tights: I know, they’re in horrendous condition. Blame Ementhy; he tore a huge hole in them.
When the Adventure Team came across this painting (in Little Tokyo’s Weller Court), we felt moved to re-create it for your amusement. Lemon was reluctant to lie face down on the floor: “But it’s dirty!” Our photographer, Caro, gave him the look and pointed at the ground. He sat.
The bizarre artwork is by Tokyo artist Heisuke Kitazawa, aka PCP. It’s titled “The New Kid Revival” and described as “An illustration about the desperate need to communicate.” We did an interpretive dance to complement the theme of despair — do you think we succeeded?
Once you’ve started shooting with a pro camera, you can’t go back to dinky digitals. My Sony DSLR 700 with Minolta lenses makes everyone look a little more lively.
Tomorrow, I’ll post photos from the LA Kinokuniya book signing. I’m glad you’re enjoying the cute yummy male fashion photos! What are your thoughts on ripped jeans? Silver jewelry for guys?
JAPANESE BENTO RECIPE BOOK, CUTE YUMMY TIME REVIEW IN LA TIMES, LA WEEKLY. LA CARMINA INTERVIEWS, PRESS CLIPPINGS.December 12, 2009 at 05:31 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | 1 Comment
Los Angeles. Ah! What a heavy metal adventure. Serial killer art, fudge cake, a Zen garden, Twisted Sister Xmas, cosplay book signings and wearing each other’s clothes… hold tight for a deluge of photos!
The LA book signings picked up some press, so let’s begin with a round-up. Liz Ohanesian of LA Weekly interviewed me about the differences between Western and Japanese Goth fashion and subcultures; the article included photos of GPK Prince Ken, DJ SiSEN, and yours truly with the LA Adventure Team (Ementhy and Lemon, above). You can read the interview here as well as after the jump.
The LA Times food section did a feature on my adorable cookbook, Cute Yummy Time. The article refers to me as a “cool hunter” and devotes an entire paragraph to my baby bear, Basil Farrow!
- The About.com Manga blog by Deb Aoki (a must-read), included Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants in its “Great Gift Books” guide.
- WaCowLA featured Cute Yummy Time in a front page article that also plugs my book signings.
One word that Basil Yuen Farrow would use to describe you. Mommy!
Your preferred method of transportation? Piggyback.
Tell me about your personal heaven? Cute Visual Kei boys hand-feeding me cute food in a room full of cute earless cats.
Speaking of… Hi Hi Caro took several Polaroids of me and the boys for her blog. Can you figure out what my cosplay outfit is? Are you excited to see more photos of the LA Adventure Team?
Song of the Day #251: Alphaville – Forever Young (80s dance mix) (because that’s how it should be.)