Saturday, December 6, 2008

#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 smart business man. I met him a couple of times for my work (I write for Senken-Shimbun which is a top fashion trade newspaper in Japan) and I thought he has a smart business concept (regarding celebrities PR and product lines.)

Kitson has a great business strategy and great PR…for some people…but…not for me…sorry Kitson…the business concept doesn’t work for me…I don’t like the idea that keep shut the door while celebrity is shopping. People are equal…should not shut the door like that for customer(who is like me)…but it seems like works for many customer/people…after Britney left…many people went to Kitson. Good for Kitson! (see…I am doing some PR for them anyway,so…Kitson is really something.)

By the way, as a writer/journalist, I really don’t care who is famous or who is rich…but I love to watch people in the city…everybody is different…very interesting.

Keasha is a special friend of mine who I met at Entrepreneur Magazine(Entrepreneur Media Inc.)

I was the staff writer for Entrepreneur Japanese edition and she was the editor for Entrepreneur Magazine. She is soooooooo smart, funny and beautiful. I like about her most is…she is a very independent woman.

We talked about her life (about her work/her future projects, wedding ceremony / I was the bridesmaids at her wedding in this May, her son, her husband, her mother, her brother, her mother-in-law…),my life(about my work/future projects, my dream, my mother, my brother),stock market, Obama, Aso (new Prime Minister of Japan), woman discrimination(I have many comments on this subject…of course…not about U.S.A./L.A….I am talking about Japan…),TV shows, Sushi bar…Wow…we spent 8 hours!!!

She is also so sweet and kind…she treated me lunch (we had a great lunch at FRIDA MEXICAN CUISINE) and gave me a Christmas gift…I feel like I am having a “Birthday week”…this week.

Yes, I am going to shopping in Japan for my friends and…I will be a “belated-Santa” in January, 2009 for them.

Anyway…I am going to Japan next week…I am sure that…I have many stories from Japan to share with you all.

To all my readers…Happy Holidays and Happy 2009!!!

Love,
Yoko

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Dec 6, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

#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. Junko has excellent taste!!!! When I was pregnant with **** I use to make **** drive to Beverly Hills so I could buy Teuscher Champagne balls (rich chocolate). They are so beautiful to look at as well. They are delicate and hand crafted.”

Yes, Suzie has excellent taste too.

I am very lucky to have many wonderful friends.

Now, I have many great stories and gifts for my family in Japan. I am so ready to take a vacation in Japan.

Happy Holidays to you all!!!

Oh…To my friends,

This year will be no holiday’s cards from me…instead of that…I will send you all e-cards on the 18th, please wait for my messages!

You know why??? “paperless…I am trying to save the world/earth” or “I am trying to do green things”... Happy Holidays!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Dec 3, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

#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 and brother) nice gifts, she treat lunch (pizza,salad, soda and frozen yogurt) and cooked delicious dinner. The dinner was soooooooo gooooooood!!!

Chicken cutlet, cabbage & broccoli, potato salad, edamame,rice and miso soup. We made a toast with apple cider and the dessert was…pumpkin bread, baked French toast with maple syrup & vanilla ice cream and Vietnam iced coffee.

Today, I will enjoy above food again. She made a lunch box for me…she remembers when she lived with my family in Japan and my mother used to cooked lunch and dinner for us. Suzie remembers how my mother treated her in Japan. She treats me like my mother yesterday. I was glad to see that.

I am going to Japan next month (Christmas and New Year’s holiday), but I had a great holiday meal with Suzie and her family yesterday.

Thanksgiving + Christmas at my best friend’s house, I am soooooooo happy that our friendship came back!

Forever friends…Yes, we are.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 30, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

#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 edition…so I know who are the great entrepreneurs.

I met her at the party five years ago…she has been so busy with her work and her personal life, but she has a lot of energy to provide this kind of care and thought. She is smart and beautiful woman…I am so glad that she is a great friend of mine.

Today, I got a new Luxe Link ,Coco (This feminine yet subtle, chocolate colored floral design has made Coco an instant classic.Price: $35.00 ),if you want this cute smart one, let Kalika know…visit at Luxe Link(http://luxelink.com/).

This is a perfect Christmas gift for everyone who has a purse!

Happy Holidays to all!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 25, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

#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

Thursday, November 20, 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 TRANSLATOR?” ad with my cell number( for extra fun with my career) on some web sites last month, that’s why she could find me and called me today…Wow…We can find anything on the internet these days!!!

Anette and I had a great conversation and we promised each other today, we will call each other and see each other from now on. I don’t feel like we didn’t see/talk each other for eight years…Wow!

She said, she was looking for me for couple of years, called Entrepreneur Magazine (I used to work there as a staff writer for six and half years) and my old phone number…(I moved many times all over in O.C. and L.A.)

We always had fun together, party, party and party!!!

“Anette, I am so sorry that I gave up our friendship eight years ago…now I am ready to have a fresh friendship with you!”

I visited her in Christmas and New Year’s time in New York for couple times in the past…this year… I am going to Japan to see my mother and brother for a month in Christmas and New Year’s vacation…, but I will visit her in New York soon in 2009.

Yes, I am so ready to see Anette in 2009. I feel like already having a fresh year/a new year!!!

My late father’s memorial day (Nov 22, 1994) is coming soon…I feel like, my late father is watching me and letting me to have more fun with my great friends!

Life is beautiful!


P.S. By the way, my ad was…Yoko Fujimoto is an experienced writer for Japanese newspapers, magazines, and websites, as well as a journalist for Japanese TV and radio. Yoko is currently interested in freelancing for companies in the U.S., and she would like to use her writing and translation skills to support U.S. businesses. For More Information Contact: Yoko Fujimoto Cell: 323-***-****

I am not going to have a short temper when I am working…so, if you need my help, drop me a line at this blog.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 20, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

#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, real love”…Oh…such a nice feeling!

By the way, when we are filming Rena & John the other day at the Paramount Iceland, I met the figure Skater, Ms. Sasha Cohen and the coach (for Rena & John), Mr. Phillip Mills.

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Me: Wow, that girl is so great! I love her dance and skate!

Phillip: That’s Sasha. I know she is great!

Me: What’s? You mean Sasha Cohen?

Phillip: Yeah.

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I enjoyed Rena & John’s performance (they were training) and Sasha’s performance (she was practicing).

And…When Sasha was going to leave… I just said hello to her.

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Me: Hi Sasha! I love your skate and your passion! I enjoyed your skate!!!

Sasha: Oh, thank you! I am going to Japan in January.

Me: Really? I live here, but I am a freelance writer, so if you need some support for Japanese media or Japanese market, let me know, I will help you! (I gave my business card to her.)  Have fun and good luck in Japan!!!

Sasha: Ok! Thank you!

Me: Have a great trip to Japan!!!

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Rena and John’s coach, Phillip is very friendly and a positive person. He always said to Rena and John, “bravo”!!! And he clapped!!! (Of course Rena and John are great!!! That’s why Phillip clapped, but Phillip is so sweet and funny!)

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Phillip: Sasha is nice hun!

Me: Today, I am so lucky that I am watching two TV channels at the same time, Rena & John’s channel and Sasha’s channel!

Phillip: Ha ha ha!!!

Me: Wow, Rena and John are great skaters!!!

Phillip: Yes, they are wonderful!!!

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We (TBS TV) are following Rena and John’s daily life for a couple of days…their home, skate rink, etc…so much fun!!!

I love to meet happy people and introduce their lives to people in the world, yes this is my job and I love doing it for people!

I am so happy to share my happy feelings and happy stories with people.

Have a happy life to all!!!

Love + Love + Love,
Yoko

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 13, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

#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’s  going 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

Thursday, October 30, 2008

#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 land. Yes, next Monday would be great for you to come by. Can you come for lunch?  Also are you on Facebook? YOU ROCK!!! Kimberly Goodnight PURE consulting”

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And and…my friend, Suzie and I talked many times over the phone today, and today’s last email from her is…

“Yoko, You are TOO FUNNY!!!!!!! I laughed so HARD when I saw the comment about “********” YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!  Are you watching Ugly Betty Right now? Comedy Show Continues!!!!  If you are up later and want to talk just e-mail me. If I am still awake I can call you. ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love Suzie”

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Too many “rocks” today.  Yes, I am ready to rock anytime!!!

Are you ready to rock tomorrow???  Happy Halloween!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Oct 30, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Friday, October 24, 2008

#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 English at SDSU (San Diego State University) in 20 something, many friends called me “Party animal”.

The other day, my friend, Suzie recalled our first moment when we became friend in the bathroom at SDSU dorm.

Suzie: I remember, you were in the bathroom early in the morning and you were already dressed up! And you told me, “I just got back from the party! ”

Me: Ahahaha!!! That’s right! I had soooooooo much fun at that time!

Suzie: You are so funny!

Yes…I was a party animal.

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When I was in the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute as an actress, at the time many friends called me “Party animal” or “Madam Yoko”.

Ok…at the time, “Madam Hollywood, Heidi Fleiss” was in trouble…but I was an angel version of “Madam”!

I introduced many friends to many friends which means, I helped many friends to get jobs, boyfriends, girlfriends, apartments, Feng-Shui luck…you name it! I did everything I could help my friends.

My best friend, Suzie…she got a first Japanese TV job from me, she got a Santa Monica apartment from me and……..she got a boyfriend/husband from me. Ok…I better to stop writing/talking about this story…I know…I sometimes have a “big mouth”…I am tiny, but I have a “big mouth”…!

Sorry Suzie…I am not going to talk about this anymore…our friendship is a private!!! yes. yes. yes.

By the way, my old boyfriends…Chris and Tory, if you guys read this blog and remember me…please pay me back…$300 for Christopher Piano who is an actor, and $2700 for Troy Bass who is a photographer/cameraman or if you know these guys, please let them know, I need this money now…especially at this time, economic crisis! Please!!!

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The other day, my friend Kimberly who owns the PR company called me…“Best PR person”.

Kimberly is the greatest PR person in Los Angeles, so I wrote about her in Senken-Shimbun (which is a top fashion trade newspaper in Japan.  Similar to WWD and California Apparel News) as a great PR person.  And I always introduce her and her work to people who I meet at fashion events and parties.

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Yesterday, I got an automatic voice sales call from Direct TV…and after the message I was waiting someone to talk to…and one salesperson pick up my call, so I told him that please remove my name and number from your list, but he sounds very friendly (of course, he is a salesperson) and he asked me “What is your ethnicity? ”  Oh god…!

Me: Excuse me? Why I have to tell you my ethnicity? Please remove my name from your sales list.

Salesperson: Please tell me your ethnicity! I like your accent! Cute!!!

Me: Japanese…Do I have a cute accent???

Salesperson: Yes! You sound so cute!!! I love your Japanese accent! Konnichiwa!

Me: Ok…I know what you are doing…You are very friendly and a good salesman…, but you know what…I am a tough negotiator and I am a journalist, which means you can’t sell me anything!!!  Did you get it???  By the way, is this a new way (at first, automatic voice mail, then transfer to salesperson) to sell something to people over the phone?  I get many automatic voice sales calls every day from auto insurance, health insurance, credit card and cable TV…many companies!

Salesperson: We are Direct TV, I don’t know the other companies are doing…

Me: Anyway…economy crisis affects many people…Good luck with your sales! Oh…please remove my phone number…my number is…

Salesperson: Oh…I have your phone number…I will remove your number from our list. Have a great day!

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My first job was a salesperson for an advertisement/PR company (at the time, there were not many female salespersons in advertisement business in Japan!), so I know how to sell and…how to say no…

By the way…Did I PR enough for myself today???

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Oct 24, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Sunday, October 19, 2008

#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 market week (fashion shows, fashion trade shows and parties) since three days ago (Oh…Friday night, we /TBS TV filmed the fashion show at the California Market Center, because we are working on the other story about the economic crisis in U.S.A. story).

My ten days was the interesting drama than “Heroes” (What’s happen to the “Heroes”?  I can’t track the story line anymore. So boring…So “schizophrenia story” to me. I am going to say good bye to this TV show).

Anyway, I talked to Mr. Rick Jackson, a LAPD detective, Mr. Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, interviewed with the former prisoner at the House of Bail Bonds, I saw Mrs. Miura and detective Mr. Jimmy Sakoda, etc…and at the fashion show on Friday the 17th, I shook hands with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa again (I went to the party at his home, Getty House in March and I shook hands and talked with him at the time), I saw some celebrities, I interviewed some fashion designers, I talked with some of my friends at the events & parties and I met many new people within ten days…I guess I met almost 60 new people!

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Oh my god! My highlight moment was I did reunion with my best friend, Suzie. We had some issues and apart for eight years (we are friends since 1986) and we have been talking and emailing to each other almost every other day since we found out that we are working on this Miura cold case story at the different places since March (She is always so busy, so we couldn’t see each other for seven months since March)…

Oh my god, Oh my god!!  This is a destiny!!! Yes, finally Suzie and I met at the press conference of Mr. Jimmy Sakoda on last Thursday the 16th.

She told me that “It was such a treat to finally see each other again!!!!! Seeing you made me realize how much I had missed our friendship and I am so glad that we are together again!!!! You are my lifetime friend and sister!!!! ”

Same here, I love Suzie so much!!! 

“It was so WONDERFUL seeing you today!!!!!! We really have to Thank Miura!!!!! At least he did one thing good! ”

I agree with Suzie.

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I believe, there is always karma in our lives…bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to good people.

Life is beautiful, always!!! Really!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Oct 19, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

#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!
I can't wait to read more!  I am excited to hear all about Eureka Trip!
Sounds like you had a great trip.
It would be great if we could take a trip like old times.
Loved Your Blog!

Love,
Suzie

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Thank you for all of my friends!!! Love you all!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Oct 7, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Saturday, October 4, 2008

#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

Monday, September 29, 2008

#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 home week!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Sept 29, 2008
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

#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

Saturday, September 20, 2008

#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
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

#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 Yoko Fujimoto

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

#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
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