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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 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

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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.

I am going to write my thoughts for Japan &Japanese people and sending prayers to Japan & people in Japan.

Love,
Yoko

P.S. I am going to write in English next time. xoxo Y

******** My Japanese blog :

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(http://fromla.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2011/03/pray-for-japan-.html)


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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