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#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

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#144- To my people, Japanese people 米国より東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)被災者および日本の皆様へメッセージ / 海外セレブからのお見舞い&応援メッセージ -Pray for Japan(日本に祈りを捧げます)-

Sorry folks, Today, I am going to write a message in Japanese, in my native language to Japanese people. If you read Japanese, please do.

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Yoko

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東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)被災者および日本の皆様へ

このたびの東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)により被災されたすべての方々に心からお見舞い申し上げます。そして、犠牲になられた方々とご遺族の皆様に、深くお悔やみを申し上げます。

日本にいらっしゃる皆様、どうかご無事で、早く、安心出来る暮らし、笑顔が戻ってきますように、心からお祈り申し上げます。


*** 米国でも多くの人が心を痛めており、皆様のご無事を願っています

東北・関東地方で起った大震災に心を痛めながら、私は、「米国在住のライターの私に、日本の皆様のために出来ることをしたい」と、こちらで流れるテレビニュースの画面を見つめながら、ずっと考えていました。

そうしていましたら、本日(ロサンゼルス:3月18日/日本:3月19日)、仕事でお付き合いのある茨城県在住の女性(実際にお会いしたことはありません)から、「テレビでも、世界各国からの応援メッセージをもっと放送して欲しい」とメールをいただきました。

早速、私が報道の仕事で関わっている日本のテレビ局、ラジオ局の幹部、報道記者の方々へ、この女性のメッセージを届け、放送に関してのお願いメールを送信致しました。


*** 米国在住の私に出来ることを考えてみました

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