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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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#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
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