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I am a freelance writer for newspapers,magazines as well as a journalist for TV.
I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#18- Britney Spears at Americana at Brand today…

Today, I had lunch and coffee with my friend, Keasha at Americana at Brand. After our lunch, we saw many people in front of Kitson…yes, someone who is a celebrity was in the shop.

Britney Spears was in the shop…!

While Britney Spears was shopping at Kitson, many people were outside and looking inside the shop and taking photos of Britney. Yes, there was one lucky paparazzi who got exclusive photos. Good for him! A couple of thousand dollars???

This summer, I worked on a paparazzi story on TBS TV (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television) news program. We followed some paparazzi(X17 paparazzi and teenager paparazzi) for four days and interviewed them. We got many interesting stories about paparazzi. So I know the one paparazzi(I saw today) got good money for today.

When Britney Spears went to Katsuya after shopping at Kiston, there were three other paparazzi came from somewhere. Wow, even though in Glendale…there are celebrities and paparazzi combination.

Kitson owner, Mr.Fraser Ross is a …

#17- Lunch at the Glove

Today, I had a great lunch with my friend, Junko at the Glove. She has great taste of everything. I always have great time with her.

Lunch was so delicious. The restaurant was Junko’s choice…the farm of Beverly Hills. The salmon salad sandwich was sooo goood!!!

The Christmas tree was so beautiful, I got a gift from Junko ( teuscher chocolates for me, my mother and my brother. I will get a gift for her from Japan for sure!), I got four of dried fruits packages (cantaloupe, blueberries, red strawberries and medjool dates) and caramel-covered marshmallows at Farmers Market for my mother in Japan(she loves dried fruits and caramel-covered marshmallows.) Yes, Christmas is here already!

Suzie told me in her email tonight, “THE FARM is one of my favorite places to eat. They have one that is located in the movie studios in West LA ... it is so delicious ...not to mention the amazing atmosphere. AND.............. TEUSCHER Chocolates are my all time FAVORITE. Their Champagne Balls are Amazing. …

#16- Thanksgiving+Christmas at my best friend’s house

Yesterday, I finally visited my best friend (Suzie)’s house.

As I wrote about Suzie on Oct 19, 2008…we are friends since 1986…and we got some issue, so we were apart each other since 2000…then we found each other in March, 2008(we are working on the Japanese O.J. Simpson, Mr.Kazuyoshi Miura’s cold case. I was working with Japanese TV news program and Suzie was working for Mr.Jimmy Sakoda)…since March, 2008…we were talking on the phone and emailing each other a lot. We finally met at the press conference of Mr. Jimmy Sakoda on Oct 16,2008.

After that we were still talking and emailing(we were so busy, so we couldn’t see each other until yesterday)…and finally we got together yesterday.

Wow, she has a fully happy life! She has a nice house and family (the Japanese husband is my old friend…which means I was the matchmaker for them!)…two daughters are soooooooo cute and we had soooooooo much fun together yesterday.

Suzie is a great host and a great entertainer. She gave us (me, my mother …

#15- Do you know “Luxe Link”???

I just got a UPS package from my friend, Kalika right now. Wow, soooooooo quick!

Yesterday afternoon, I sent my email to her and just said hello. And we exchanged couple of emails yesterday afternoon. She has two beautiful babies now and I enjoyed photos of her babies. Soooooooo cute!

Anyway, I got a second “Luxe Link” from her today!!! Lucky me!!! The card says…”We just wanted to say thank you for the great blog you wrote about us.”

She owns Luxe Link. I wrote a blog about her and Luxe Link in my Japanese blog on May 27, 2007 and I introduced Luxe Link to many friends and people who I met at some restaurants.

If you read Japanese, please take a look at http://fromla.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2007/05/index.html .

Kalika also owns design and consulting firm, Citrus Studio (http://www.citrusstudios.com/.)

She was on CNN and E! etc…make sense, she is a great person and a great business woman! I used to interview and wrote about many entrepreneurs in U.S.A. for Entrepreneur Magazine Japanese…

#14- White rose, caramel marshmallow, water and candle…

November 22…today is my late father’s memorial day. He passed away 14 years ago (on November 22, 1994 in Tokyo, Japan.)

Today, I put white roses everywhere in my apartment and I made a little table for him…his picture, white rose, caramel marshmallow, water and candle.

I hope he is enjoying my treat in heaven today!

By the way, caramel-covered marshmallows from Littlejohn’s English Toffee House at Farmers Market ( http://www.farmersmarketla.com/) in Los Angeles are soooooooo good!!!

My mother told me last night over the phone from Japan, ”yes, please bring some caramel marshmallows to us when you are coming to Japan next month!”.

I already had three caramel marshmallows this morning…yes I am in real heaven!!!

Remember, life is very short…so please enjoy your life with your family and friends as much as you can.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 22, 2008

#13- My old best friend, Anette found me by Google today…

The other day…I talked back to LAPD officer on the street over my parking problem…oh my god… I know, I shouldn’t do it…I don’t know why I did that…

Yes…I have a short temper…and because of that, I lost many good friends over the years…as you know, one of my best friends, Suzie (I wrote about her in this blog couple of times), she found me this year after eight years no talk/no see each other…

And…today…one of my best friends, Anette found me/called me from New York! Oh my god!!! What a surprise!!!

We were friends since we met at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in 1989 in Los Angeles…and we had been fun together for long time…and she moved to New York and we got a big fight on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s day/1999-2000 in New York…then…I left New York…then our friendship was over at the time…

Anette found me by Google today…I was surprised that she found my cell number…

How did she find me??? Anette mentioned she saw my ad…

What’s ad??? Oh…I remember that I put “NEED A JAPANESE TRA…

#12- Love power from Rena Inoue & John Baldwin…that’s hot!

I am working on the documentary TV program (This documentary program it's called “Fukkatsu no hi” which means “the day of the comeback”. We are introducing a person who has a successful and happy life after suffering. It's a new TV program for this fall in Japan) with TBS TV (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television) in this month. Monday the 17th is the last shooting day for this segment.

We picked Ms. Rena Inoue and Mr. John Baldwin who are figure Skaters for our segment (the 26th on air in Japan) and we are filming them since this Monday the 10th.
As a single woman myself…I love my life & myself and I am enjoying my single life like a “Sex and the City”…but, now…I have changed my mind! Rena and John are a soooooooo sweet couple and I feel like…“I am ready to marry!!!” with someone like John who is a sweet and nice guy! Rena is a lucky girl (Of course, John is a lucky boy too).
They skate like a single skater… that’s love!!! Such a nice feeling to see & feel “The one love, …

#11- Yes, we can!!!

Mr. Barack Obama said, “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

I was watching on ABC, NBC and CNN every five minutes last night and…I was just checking what’sgoing on “90210”…then breaking news came on the screen!!!
Since then…until now…I am watching ABC and CNN.
Wow, America, finally woke up from the long sleep…Good for you!!!
I really love American and U.S.A. because many people believe “Yes, we can”!
Yesterday, I couldn’t vote …because I am not a citizen, I am a permanent resident (green card holder) of U.S.A., but my heart always with U.S.A.
Good luck U.S.A.!
I am so happy to be here! Thank you America!!!
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 5, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

#10- Are you ready to rock???

Early in this morning (at 6:30am!), my friend Irasha emailed me and asked my little help.

“Yoko, Hello. Genki desuka? I am doing pretty well despite the passing of my father. I read that very sweet blog entry that you did on me; thank you! Yoko, I have a small favor to ask. I am going into the studio to finish up my song, Iroc Da Block (for my clothing line) this evening. I am doing a Japanese intro to a version of my song, but I need to check the correct format for the question: Are you ready to rock? (In Japanese.) Would that be: Shiyo to suru yuri ugokasu or Kekkonshiki no Uta? You can feel free to give me a call if you need to at **********. I am looking forward to catching up with you. Maybe we can do lunch soon? I hope you are well. Your friend, Ms. Irasha Whitfield”
Yes, I called her and helped her this morning… “Are you ready to rock?” in Japanese.
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And I got an email from my friend, Kimberly this afternoon…
“Hello Yoko - You are also the cutest sweetest PR and editor in the lan…

#9- My nickname is........

The other day, my favorite Japanese TV Journalist, Mr. F (one of the major Japanese TV station, Los Angeles Bureau Chief) nicknamed me……..“Coordinator Geragos”.

You know…Mr. Geragos is the one, “the attorney”, Mr. Mark Geragos…
Oh my god…Mr. F gave me a new nickname........ “Coordinator Geragos”.
Why???Am I…….. An expensive coordinator (field producer, researcher, reporter, interviewer, translator, interpreter and driver…I do anything!) or a tough negotiator (I never give up anything!) or a great journalist or a famous coordinator or …….. ?!  ha ha ha!
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When I was in elementary school (age at 10 and 11), one of my teacher nicknamed me…“Baby gang (this is a Japanese English!)”. Since then, my class mates called me “Baby gang” for two years (I moved my school every two years, so I was in that school for two years).
I was so little (I am still tiny), but I always talk too much and laugh too much, I guess I was a “little gangster”.
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And I grew up and came to U.S.A………When I was learning Engl…

#8- Suicide, Fashion shows, Fashion trade shows and Parties in the City…

I feel like I am in the “CSI” and the “Sex and the City” since March.

Since last Sunday, I had many picnics at LAPD and the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, and I was a paparazzi (By the way, I am a journalist) at the Mark Geragos Office.
As you may know, “the Japanese O.J. Simpson” Kazuyoshi Miura who was accused of being involved in the killing of his wife (at the time), Mrs. Kazumi Miura. The prolonged legal battle lasting decades ended when he committed suicide last week on Friday the 10th.
I have been working with Miura’s case for Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS TV/major TV station in Japan) since March and especially this suicide case from the 11th until three days ago. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in front of LAPD Parker Center and the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. It was soooooooo much fun! Yes, I can enjoy anytime at anywhere with anybody!
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I missed many fashion shows and parties last week and I finally could attend the Los Angeles fashion mar…

#7- Sooo you!

I have many great friends in U.S.A. and Japan. They always give me a smile.

Today, I got a nice email from my friend, Neely who is a co-owner of boutique, Xin (http://www.xinboutique.com/8064 Melrose Ave., between Crescent Heights Blvd. and Laurel Ave.) and a fashion designer of issho. She is a wonderful friend of mine.
She sent me a first comment on my blog (I didn’t know that I had to set up my comment system on this blog…) today, thank you Neely!!! Here is Neely’s first comment.
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haha love your blogs !!
i tried leaving comments but don't have an account...
here was the first one: “haha you are too adorable !! this is sooo you !! you have tea bags in your bathroom now don't you ?? ”

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And another one of my best friends, Suzie…she is always sending me a sweet email to cheer me up. Here is Suzie’s first comment on my blog.
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Yoko,
I loved your Blog!You write English better than me! I especially loved your story about the airplane & tea bags in the bathrooms!
You are too funny!

#6- LA Fashion week is coming soon...

As a writer for a Japanese fashion trade newspaper (It’s called Senken-Shimbun which is a top fashion trade newspaper in Japan. Similar to WWD and California Apparel News), I always go to many fashion trade shows, fashion events, fashion shows and parties…I feel like I am playing all the time!

I always have fun everywhere I go. It’s a dream job.
But…I am not a party animal anymore, so I am trying to skip some parties these days. Instead of that, I am trying to make plans to get together with my friends and eat a lot of food!!!
Especially at this season, “Shokuyoku no aki” (in Japanese) which means “autumn is the season of good appetites”…Time to enjoy food!
So I am ready for autumn!
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Oct 4, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

#5- Rain in L.A.

I love rain (when I am staying at home)……..especially like today’s rain, it was surprise for 5 minutes!!!I love the sound of rain and it gives me the autumn feeling.So nice.

During the national stay at home week, a couple of my friends asked me out, but I said no to them… of course, because of the “national stay at home week”.

But…I got a surprise guest last night, so I was not in front of the TV during the show “Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers & Sisters” …
My friend, Tomoko (who lives in Tokyo 24th district=Torrance, CA) called me last night, and she said to me, “Hi Yoko-san, I am in Little Tokyo right now. What are you doing right now? ”
“Tomoko-san! Long time no see (I have not seen her in a month)!!!Why don’t you come over? 10 minutes from where you are” I said to her, and I enjoyed tea time with Tomoko.
Any kinds of surprises are so much fun!!!
P.S. Of course I enjoyed “Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers & Sisters” in the midnight. I am still enjoying the national stay at …

#4- National stay at home week!

I got many popcorns and chocolates for this week, the National stay at home week!

Love American TV!!! I watch news, drama, news, drama, drama and drama!
So far…I watched “Heroes”, “90210”, and “Privileged” this week (right now, Wednesday afternoon).
And I am going to watch “Lipstick Jungle”(maybe), “Ugly Betty”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Presidential Debate”(could be a fun drama!), “Desperate Housewives”, “Brothers & Sisters”, “Gossip Girl”(maybe), “Private Practice”, “Dirty Sexy Money” and“Vice-Presidential Debate”. (could be a fun drama too!)
And + And… I can’t wait to watch new season’s “Lost” and “American Idol”. And + And + And…I can’t wait to watch my comedy drama too!(I am writing a cute story right now.)
By Yoko Fujimoto Los Angeles
Sept 24, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

#3- My friend’s father, Mr. Norman Whitfield passed away…

My friend, Irasha sent me a sad email the other day…her father, Mr. Norman Whitfield at 68 passed away on Tuesday the 16th.

Mr. Norman Whitfield is a Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and arranger for Motown Records whose many hits, including the signature song “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” helped solidify the Motown sound in the 1960s and afterward.
I was hoping her father will get better since he got sick…
When my father passed away 14 years ago, I was so sad and I couldn’t do or think anything at the time.
Life is so short…but…I believe that our loved ones are always watching us and we will meet them again in the future/heaven.
So…we just enjoy every moment as much as we can!!!
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Sept 20, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

#2- I met a wonderful Japanese woman in Eureka

I was in Eureka until yesterday for the TV project of news program with Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (TBS TV) and I had an interview with a Japanese woman who has a beautiful story with a Princess Michiko in Japan.

This Japanese woman has a handicap with her legs, but she has a lot of smile and energy.
“We can do it whatever we want, just smile and do it! ” I got a message from her.
By the way, I got a great idea from the lavatory of the Horizon Airplane yesterday. The flight attendants hang tea bags at the door in the lavatory. The cinnamon smell makes us soooooooo happy. I told one of the flight attendant that “you guys are so creative! ”, and she gave me two tea bags, so my bathroom smells extra nice today!
Happiness from the tea bag...I love American creativeness!!!
And happiness from the smile...I am so glad that I met the wonderful Japanese woman in Eureka and nice flight attendants on the Horizon Airplane.
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Sept 17, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yok…

#1- Rest, Rest, Rest!

I am on a home vacation this week.Soooooooo happy!

As a freelance writer, it seems like there is not much difference between a home vacation and a staying at home day, but big difference is that I can ignore many emails and phone calls.
My mother told me over the phone (She lives in Tokyo, Japan) last night, “Just enjoy!!!”
I am really lucky to have her as my mother. She is my hero! She is not a typical Japanese mother.

Anyway, I am just enjoying my home vacation at my apartment in front of a beautiful palm tree, swimming pool and flowers.
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Sept 9, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto