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