Meet La Carmina: The Writer, Blogger, Journalist Extraordinaire
I’m a travel TV host, journalist and blogger who focuses on subcultures and street style worldwide — from Hong Kong Goth societies to Japanese cute characters. Viewers may have seen me on major network TV shows like Bizarre Foods and Oddities; I also host and produce a video series shot around the globe. I’ve published three books about Jpop culture and food, and write for media outlets like Business Insider and Huff Post AOL. For a glimpse at my travel adventures, I invite you to see my La Carmina blog – https://www.lacarmina.com/blog/
I’m lucky to be able to work closely with my friends, so I never feel alone on my travels. I also run a Tokyo fixing (production arranging for TV) company with my First Mate, and we’ve done many crazy film shoots over the years, at places like host clubs and monkey waiter restaurants. It’s wonderful to be able to travel at least once a month, to destinations I’ve always dreamed of seeing, and do work that I feel is important — to bring attention to marginalized cultures, and encourage people to travel meaningfully.
It’s impossible to name one absolute favorite, since it depends on the type of experience you’re looking for (nature? beaches? ski? city life?) I would say that the Maldives were pretty close to tropical paradise. I stayed on an eco-luxury resort with barely anyone around — I never felt so removed from real life.
Sushi in Maui, food trucks in Portland, fresh mozzarella in Rome, and Okonomiyaki in Osaka are some memories that come to mind.
There are a number of exciting TV projects and travels in the works, including to destinations I’ve never visited. Everything’s being finalized now, and I’ll be announcing more details soon. For now, I’m off to Israel and Jordan with my two filmmakers; we’ll cover Israeli wines, Dead Sea beauty treatments, Tel Aviv gay clubs and more. I hope you’ll keep abreast of my site (lacarmina.com) and social networks (@lacarmina on all of them) to see where I’ll be next!