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#85- Small talk at everywhere!

Today, I had a couple of small talk with people at my apartment, post office and Trader Joe’s.

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At my apartment office:

When I went to get my mails near apartment office, an apartment manager stopped me and said to me,

Manager: Hi Yoko! You paid your rent on online this month right?

Me: Yeah, did you have some trouble like last time?

Manager: No, No. I want to give you this!

She gave me a cell phone holder (with our apartment logo) which could organize my phone while battery charging.

Me: Wow, it’s nice!!! Thank you!!!

Manager: We are doing a promotion for online payment this month. How is your apartment? How are you?

Me: I am good. Thank you very much for asking. Oh…by the way…

I looked at the assistant manager’s face and said to him,

Me: I am so sorry the other day I yelled at you and thank you very much for your help!

Assistant manager: Oh…my pleasure.

Manager: Did you yell at him again Yoko?

Me: I am sorry…you know me, I am always sweet, but I sometimes have a short temper…

#84- My Thanksgiving Day was…

I was in Irvine until this morning.

My Thanksgiving Day was at Yuko & Jim’s house this year.

I met Yuko about 10 years ago in Irvine during I was living in Newport Beach/Costa Mesa for 6 years (when I was working at Entrepreneur Media Inc.) We met through Japanese community on internet, since then we are great friends.

She and her husband, Jim are sweet married couple and both of them are great cook!

We had a great thanksgiving dinner and I spent a night at their house.

Thank god, they have such a beautiful Japanese guest room next to their living room (also living room/dining room has Japanese atmosphere).

I felt like I was in Japanese high end hotel’s room (high end “Ryokan” / typical Japanese style hotel). The room is a WASHITSU (TATAMI ROOM).

There are TATAMI MATS (originally meaning "folded and piled" mats are a traditional type of Japanese flooring), TOKONOMA (is a Japanese term generally referring to a built-in recessed space in a Japanese style reception room, in…

#83- Dear Toshihiko Fujimoto…

Papa, how have you been? I really miss you since you left in 1994.

Are you having fun in heaven? I hope you are doing well up there.

I am still living in Los Angeles and having fun every day, every moment with my life.

Oh I have great news for you. I made a year contract as a writer/ independent contractor with D&B(Dun & Bradstreet) for a writing project of a major U.S. company(this project is managing by All Business which own by D&B).

At this time, I can’t say the project’s name or company’s name, because this project is not publish yet and I have an agreement of confidentiality with D&B. Oh…I am sure that you can see me from heaven, huh!

You know, when I was working as a staff writer at Entrepreneur Media Inc. /Entrepreneur Magazine and I was writing feature articles in Japanese and translate (English to Japanese) the feature articles of Entrepreneur Magazine for Entrepreneur Japan edition, at the time, one of the editors of Entrepreneur Magazine asked me to write s…

#82- Winter cleaning!

Feel winter air (even though in LA, I can feel it!) and getting ready for winter vacation…so great feeling!

Around this time, I always looking forward to having big winter cleaning weeks which my favorite activity!

As Japanese, I always have big cleaning weeks (most of Japanese do it near end of the year for couples of days, but as a clean freak, I always take time to clean every where in my place for a month).

During my hard work schedule (I got a new big writing contract project for one of the major companies in U.S.A., I will write some articles in English and Japanese on their website)…but cleaning is my thing…so I started a winter cleaning weeks today(when I had coffee break between my work, I was cleaning instead of coffee and snack. This is great way to lose weight too, better than fasting! ha ha ha…)!

Today, I did my bathroom sink cabinets. Wipe many things and re-organize things…wow, such a wonderful feeling! Good Feng Shui as well.

Many of my friends always said to me, “Yoko…

#81- Two days of my first FAST…

I am hungry…because I have been fasting since two days ago…(I mean my first fast is for two days with drink & soup…”soft version of fast”!)

During two days, I had a lot of water, four glasses of fruits& vegetable smoothies, two bowls of corn soup and two cups of tea with honey.

No real food within two days, it’s a challenge for me…as you (my friends) know I am a big eater for a small person…ha ha ha!

The reason for this fast, I wanted to lose weight (I mean lose back!), to cleanse the body of toxins and clear my mind.

With Mozart and reading a book and no food, I really feel that I got a great energy, cleanse my body and clear my mind…

Have you been fasting?

It might be good for us to do it before Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays! (or better to do it after holidays?)

Wish me luck and good luck to you too (if you need to do fasting)!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 8, 2009

#80- Perrin Paris 1893 party, Gen Art & Rock Fashion week fashion shows, after party and Halloween party…

Change the time for my eight clocks at my home (two clocks don’t need it, because it’s on Japan time) and turn the page to winter vacation months of my calendars. This is my favorite moment of the day of winter season.

Until yesterday, I had party, party and party! It was great start of my winter season.

On Thursday night at the Perrin Paris 1893 boutique launch party& Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) event and Gen Art/Rock fashion week fashion show after party, on Friday night at Rock fashion week fashion shows/party and last night at Halloween party (at my friends, Keasha and John’s home party). It was wonderful three days party nights.

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On Thursday night, my friend, Kimberly invited me to the party at the Perrin Paris 1893(I can’t write details in this blog, because I am going to write about it in Senken-newspaper next week).

We talked/met many people (Kimberly’s boyfriend, Alex was an organizer for this event, so I met many people from Kimberly and Alex, includes some celebri…

#79- Who is "PRINCETON WHO’S WHO"???

This morning, I received a fax from “PRINCETON WHO’S WHO”.

The fax says…

We are pleased to inform you that you and your business have been selected to be published for free in the 2009/2010 edition of Princeton Who’s Who of Executives, Professionals, & Entrepreneurs.

On October 27th, your candidacy was approved. Your prompt response is needed to ensure your correct information is published. For accuracy purposes, please be sure to fill out the information below and FAX it back to 609-613-5917 at the earliest opportunity.

The office of the Managing Director appoints individuals based upon a candidate’s current position, and usually with information obtained from researched executive and professional listings. The Director thinks that you may make an interesting biographical subject, as individual achievement is what Princeton Who’s Who is all about.

Upon final confirmation, you will be listed among thousands of accomplished individuals in the Princeton Who’s Who. Remember, there is…

#78- After LA fashion market week…fashionably fresh!!!

I am still writing articles for Senken-newspaper (the major Japanese fashion trade newspaper, similar to WWD and California Apparel News) regarding LA fashion market week which held until this Tuesday.

At this fashion week/market week, I couldn’t make any fashion show and party at night, because I was not feeling well (to my friends, no worries, I don’t have H1N1 flu).

I just had attended the fashion trade shows and walked around many showrooms during the day time and just in case, I was care for my health at night.

So I want to say…”thank you very much for the invitations for fashion shows and I am so sorry that I couldn’t make it” to my friends who are the great PR/ Kimberly & Erika (PURE consulting http://www.pureconsultinginfo.com/index.php) and Henri (eM productions press www.emprds.com/press).

Here are the fashion shows, I couldn’t make it…

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Skingraft
October 13

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Mode Israel
October 14

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010:…

#77- Fashionably late is not for Japanese…

Last night, I have attended the 20th anniversary party for Cosmo Space of America (http://www.cosmospace.co.jp/), the commercial film and video production company.

When I have TV projects from Japan, I always call Cosmo Space of America, because this company has many great cameramen and staff to work with.

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As I am Japanese or my thing, I am always be somewhere on time or too early…for my work/interview with someone, attend the fashion show/ trade show/ party, even though Thanksgiving party or Christmas party at my friend's house.

The reasons for that are…

1: When I am there early, I am able to relax before work/ interview and prepare for a great work/ interview.

2: We never know the traffic situation in LA, you know what I mean, so I always leave my home half hour to one hour early, just in case. And I don’t like to make people waiting for me (Time is money, right? I really respect people’s time).

3: Especially at fashion show, event or party, if I am there early, I am al…

#76- October is here!

The other day, I attended the next fall/winter textile shows which are showing the products for 2010 /2011 fall/winter.

As I attend this kind of event and work, I sometimes confused…“Am I in 2011? 2010? 2009? ”…

The spring 2010 products are already in the past in my mind…

And…October is here! Am I in 2009 or 2010 or 2011???

I guess too much fashion trade shows, fashion shows, TV dramas and dreams (I was sick/spinning dizzy & nausea and in bed for couple of days last week. And then, I saw many funny & fantasy dreams during my sick time. ha ha ha!)…

Have a great October for you! xoxo

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Oct 7, 2009

#75- Drama, Drama, Drama!

Monday at 9pm, Tuesday at 8pm and 9pm, Wednesday at 9pm, Thursday at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, Friday at 8pm and Sunday at 9pm.

Do you know what I am talking about?

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The answer is…TV Drama!

Gossip Girl, 90210, Melrose Place, The Beautiful Life: TBL, Flash Forward, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters.

I gave up watching Heroes and Desperate Housewives because I can’t follow the story anymore.

Glee and Cougar Town were ok…I only watched once.

In my top list are Lost, Brothers & Sisters and Gossip Girl.

Oh…I have to go now, before start my favorite show"Gossip Girl", I am going to take a bath!

By the way, I prefer real drama…you know what I mean. xoxo

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Sept 28, 2009

#74- Colorful life

Since my friend, Keasha sent me an email regarding a book "No Dream Beyond My Reach" (she is an editor), I became a friend with Dr. Sopheap Ly who is an author of this book. (If you want to know about this book, please read my blog on May 13, 2009.)

Today, I finally met her in person at her twin daughters’ one year birthday lunch party.

Wow…twin girls are soooooooo cute!!! They were wearing pink and green dresses and there were huge two pink Barbie dolls birthday cakes!!! And a lot of Indian food!!! (The party held at the Indian restaurant in O.C.)

What a nice to celebrate the first year of the cute twin girls life with wonderful their family and friends.

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I met many nice people at this party and I felt like in the "Grey's Anatomy's world"…because there were many doctors and interesting episodes.

Sopheap is an amazing woman, as I wrote about her and her book on May 13, 2009 my blog, she and her family were caught up in the national nightmare that ov…

#73- at the VOGUE Fashion’s Night Out

Tonight, Thursday, the 10th, we (me and my friend, Erika) were at Fred Segal (Ron Harman and Ron Robinson) on Melrose for 5 hours!

We started early dinner at the Fred Segal Comfort Cafe, and then we attended the VOGUE fashion’s night out party.

The impact of the recession on everyone and everywhere in the world…but I saw the bright side at Fred Segal tonight.

VOGUE magazine supports retail shops and economy. VOGUE is partnering with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to host Fashion's Night Out on Thursday. This event is a global event urging consumers to shop to save the economy and the fashion industry.

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After our dinner, I worked. I mean, I met DMW public relations owner, Dana who is a pr for FREEDMAN (http://www.freedmanclothing.com/ the new brand which I wrote about this brand at Class Trade Show last week on Senken-newspaper) and I did interview with Randy and Matt who are co-owners for FREEDMAN. FREEDMAN has a special corner at the Fred Segal (in the Ron Ro…

#72- Vegas Vegas Vegas! and Angeles Angeles Angeles!

It was a nice business trip to Las Vegas last week. I saw my friends, PR people, fashion designers, owners of brand, buyers and I met new people as usual.

At many fashion trade shows, I saw many “sun” signs.

Sun was every where! Like brand’s logo, motif, idea…for example, T-shirts brand “in To Tees” which introduce unique solar tech T-shirts, the print comes out on T-shirts under the sun light. (Lucky me! I got a pink solar T-shirts from Mike who is a co-owner of in To Tees!)

And another T-shirts brand, “FORTUNATE SUN” (http://www.thefortunatesun.com/) has a “sun” brand’s name, logo and concept (The owner moved to Los Angeles from NY and he told me, he is enjoying sun in LA!)…When I walked around many booths (of brands), I saw many sun signs!!!

Oh…Kimberly and Erika (who are my friends) are sunshine! They gave me a great gift box (Under wears, pajama, T-shirts, scarf and bag by Urban Behavior) at Clothing for Modern Times Ltd booth(Urban Behavior http://www.urbanbehavior.com/ and Cost…

#71- Like attracts like

Today at the Class Trade Show (apparel trade show http://www.classtradeshow.com/) in Santa Monica, I had a great time. I felt like I was attending a party!

Jason who is an owner of this show was nice to me (he always gives me a great interview), Alex who is a PR of this show was nice to me as well (she also always gives me a lot of information and she gave me a lunch ticket today!) and Karen who is a vice president of Fred Segal (at Ron Robinson) gave me a lot of tips and information of this show today.

I met many great people and got great news at this show as well! (I can’t write people’s names and brands names in my blog today, because I am going to write about them in my article for Senken-newspaper which is major Japanese fashion trade newspaper.)

This show rocks!

The show has positive vibe, like Fred Segal. Products and people who exhibit or attend are fabulous! You know why, Jason picks great products and people for this show. Like attracts like, really!

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For example, t…

#70- Good deal???

Am I a good negotiator?!...I wrote this question in my blog on Jan 31, 2009.

Every year, I negotiate my apartment rent (see my Jan 31, 2009 blog) and I did it this year rent in March. At this economic downtime…my apartment company/apartment manager was planning to raise my rent for 6% (increase $77), but I negotiated my rent with my apartment manager and she gave me 1.5 %( $20) discount which means my rent increased 4.5% (increased $57) from March.

It was happy result at the time, but I found out that my next door girl’s rent was stay the same for another year until 2010 (but she has been lived here longer than me and her rent is more than mine.)

Anyway, I told my apartment manager “I found out that some people’s rent stay the same. Why did you increase my rent this year? It’s unfair! I told you that my friend who lives in Torrance, her rent decreased because of this economy downtime.You shouldn’t increase my rent.”

At the time, the manager told me “Our apartment has many staff and we…

#69- I got a nice message!

Today, I finally had a relax time at home all day.

After lunch, I read a book with Mozart CD in my living room. Watching some kids playing in the swimming pool, watching squirrels on the tree from my room (in front of my room, I have a nice view with tree, palm trees, flowers and swimming pool)…so peaceful.

I really feel so happy to live in the states, I mean, living in Los Angels. I really feel that LA has a positive power to live. Thank you LA!

By the way, after dinner I was internet surfing and I found a nice message on my MySpace page. Stranger (his name is Bruce) wrote me a nice message on July 30. Please see below.

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hi yoko, i just read some of your blogs and i think your writings are honest and warm. i see you would like to meet people for coffee, i just came home from having coffee but i live in new york and you're in la. well, at least i can still read your blog while i have coffee here.
have a great rest of your summer,
bruce
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It’s nice to receive a sweet…

#68- Dear Tina!

I just finished my translation book project for 22 days!

It took three weeks to finish it and I had a great time with this project for three weeks. I feel like I want to read/translate more of her wisdoms and life.

Tina is an author of this book project ( I can’t mention her full name and details of this book in this blog at this moment. When we finish our project completely, then I will introduce her and her book in this blog.)

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Dear Tina, you are an amazing person to share your thought in your book. I am sure that your book will make many people happy and give your love to many people.
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When I had lunch with Tina, Wendy (Tina’s friend who introduced Keasha to this project) and Keasha (my friend who introduced me to this project) the other day. It was first time to met Tina, but I already felt that we are great friends! (we had been emailing and talking on the phone many times before we met that day)

I am really appreciated Wendy (who introduced Keasha to this project…

#67- Meet, talk, write and read…I love my job!

I was at LA fashion market in downtown LA today. It was fun. I had breakfast (I ate breakfast at home, but when I saw muffin and coffee there, then I had to eat it again!) and lunch (Oh…I love TACOMOLE at California Market Center http://www.tacomole.com/. Today, I promised to the one of the staff at TACOMOLE “you are a writer, then write about us!” so… I am writing about TACOMOLE now. They have great Mexican food! I love fish taco of TACOMOLE. They have been there 25 years! Wow!) by myself and met couple of nice designers and owners of fashion brands.

My job is like…meeting people, talking to people and writing articles, I don’t feel like I am working.

Like today…more like…window shopping and talking to people and taking a note for my next shopping! ha!

Since two weeks ago, I am working on the translation book project, so now my job is like…read a book and take notes!

OMG…Such a precious work! I am so happy that I could read a lovely book every day and write (translate them to Japanes…

#66- Lost in translation…

Since last week, I am working on the translation project for a lovely book.

And…lost in translation…not me…I mean my dictionary (published in Japan) lost in translation...

Too much Japanese!!! I mean there are many Japanese interpretations in the dictionary (English to Japanese or Japanese to English)

I am soooooo shock that “Compliment” = “Flatter” or “Kiss ass” in my dictionary (English to Japanese)

OMG…Japanese people don’t know how to compliment to each other ???

My mother always tells me “You have a talent!”, “You are beautiful!”,”You are smart!”, “You are funny!” more and more, nice compliments.

And I always want to express my feeling what I see or feeling for things or people with real thought which means I do compliment to people a lot ,but I don’t do “Kiss ass”.

Sometimes I see some errors in the dictionary and make me sooooo angry that they give us a wrong translation and it might give us a trouble with things or people in the world/international world.

Ok…I feel like I am c…

#65- Happy 70th Birthday Carol!!!

Today, my best friend, Suzie’s mom, Carol’s 70th birthday!

Happy Birthday Carol!!!

Suzie, Carol and her all family members in ***** today.

I wish I could be there…I wish fly to *****! (Since Thursday, I am working 12 hours a day…for my translation book project and I will busy until mid August…so I can’t go parties or go out for fun.)

Anyway, I wrote a birthday letter to Carol and Suzie will give it to her today.

My letter to Carol…I would like to share it with you all and celebrate her birthday!

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July 27, 2009

Dear Carol,

Happy Birthday Carol !!!

You are my first hero in U.S.A. You are the first American woman who I met as a great career woman!!!

I was very impressed about you as a beautiful, smart and funny career woman, mother and wife!

Suzie always talks about your great stories and funny stories. *** is a lucky man to have you as a best wife in the world. *** is a lucky man to have you as a smart mother. *** is a lucky man to have you as a sweet mother. *** is …

#64- Count, count…count!

How many times do you count the number a day?

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Every morning, I count pounds, I mean my weight. From 85 lbs…how many pounds did I gain…still 20 pounds…(I am keeping my beauty check diary everyday)

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After my brunch…how many calories did I eat? OMG…café au lait is 250 calories (my café au lait is soooo good!)…so my brunch total,760 calories…(I am keeping my food diary everyday)

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Then in my car, how many miles I drove since last week… (I am keeping my account book everyday)

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At the bank, when I deposited my check (my translation project check), I counted… how much I have money in my checking account?… (I am keeping my account book everyday)

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And at the post office, how many I sent packages to people who I interviewed for Senken-newspaper? Ok…ten today…(I am keeping my account book everyday)

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At the Vons, I was counting so many numbers…how many days I eat this? How much I save with this? How many days I can keep this in my refrigerator?...

T…

#63- Happy Monday!

When I am not in the mood to write (work), I always do what I want.

Like this morning, I still wanted to relax and read so, I did it.

After my breakfast, with my second coffee I listened to Mozart CD and read a book.

Now after my lunch, with nice aromatherapy (hot water in the tea cup with perfume oil” ZuzuzPetalz” which is a secret fragrance/scent for celebrities, see my blog on May 20, 2009) and background music (Mozart)…feel like to work!

This week, I am expecting a big book translation project, so I want to write a lot of articles for Senken-newspaper before start a big project.

Anyway, happy Monday and have a great week to all !!!

XOXO
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By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
July 13, 2009

#62- What a night…

After my dinner, I was in the kitchen for four hours until now…midnight!

OMG…sewage came up to my kitchen sink from the guy upstairs!!!

I called emergency maintenance number at my apartment office.

Me: Emergency!!! Dirty water came up to my kitchen sink and I can’t wash away!!! Something stuck in the drain!!! The soiled water gathered in my kitchen sink!!! Please hurry!!! Hurry!!! Come to my place now!!!

The maintenance guy…half hour later, came to my place.

OMG...what a night mare…! He had many dirty tools… I knew it…OMG…

Me: What are you doing? Don’t scratch my door with it! Please don’t scratch my refrigerator with it! Oh…please be careful!!!

I was telling the maintenance guy to make sure that he is not going to make mess or damage on my floor, front door and refrigerator etc…

Poor guy…I felt so sorry for him, but I couldn’t help it…I don’t like people come to my place with dirty stuff…ha ha ha!

Before the maintenance guy arrived at my place, I put the vinyl sheet on the floor and …

#61- My 4th of July was…

At my best friend, Suzie’s home, I had a great 4th of July!

Suzie is my hero of 4th of July. Thank god…she has busy work schedule (many projects for TV programs), mom’s job for her two kids and wife’s job for her husband (who is my old friend/see my blog on Nov 30th, 2008), but she made a great 4th of July’s atmosphere!

She is a super woman!!! She is a super career woman, super mom and super wife! Oh…super chef for me.

OMG…she is really good cook. Yesterday’s my favorite menu from her cooking was…her special cheese burger, sausage sandwich, spinach and artichoke dip for chips, strawberries and cream cake and special 4th of July lemon tart(she made a American flag with blueberries and strawberries! She is sooooo creative!!!)

Oh…corn was sooo good too. When I was watching her cooking, wow…she put milk in the hot water/ boiling corn. Milk??? She told me that this milk thing is her dad’s recipe and she adds soy sauce and sugar into it. OMG…it was soooo gooood!!!

We sing song…Happy Birthda…

#60- My funny face…

My green card (lawful permanent resident card in U.S.A.) will expire within the next six months and today, I went to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Application Support Center for “Biometrics” /processing my renewal card.

It was comedy show for me again… I mean…again…a bad photo of me!!!

Today, I thought this office will only take my fingerprints…but it wasn’t…Oh my god…I was so foolish…”Biometrics” means not only fingerprints…my face print as well…I mean my photo of face as well…

This morning, I took time to prepare to go to this office. I didn’t want to be late my appointment, so I was there one hour earlier than my appointment time and I was relax to wait for my fingerprints taken.

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Me: Wow…Pink eye color??? Are there any pink eye color people in this world??? (I asked man at the office)

In the paper of applicant information worksheet (I had to fill out) at the office, I saw eye color section…Blue,Brown,Green,Gray,Hazel,Maroon,Pink and Unknown…

Pink??? P…

#59- Dreams come true!!!

Last night, Dr.Sopheap(pronounced so-peep) Ly emailed me, “did you get my book?”

Oh…I forgot to check my mails today… and I went to check my mails down stairs mail box at my apartment building around 11:00pm last night…

Yes! I got her book from her!!!

The book, “No Dream Beyond My Reach” (I wrote about her book on May 13th, 2009 in my blog), looks great!

Sopheap wrote me a nice note inside the book. “Thanks for being my friend****************** Love, Sopheap,MD”.

So…I started reading her book this morning and I just finished it.

Wow…Sopheap is an amazing woman!!! She is a survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields and lost her father and uncle at the time, but she came to U.S.A. and became an American MD!

I enjoyed her book very much.

It was funny that she met her best friend, Aretha in the bathroom…. So funny! I always meet my great friends in the bathroom too…I met my best friend,Suzie in the bathroom of the dormitory. Sopheap sounds so sweet and super woman.

“Your dream is never beyo…

#58- The best thank you note from my best friend!

Today, I helped my friend, Suzie’s project for some Japanese info research and she wrote me a cute thank you note/email and I want to share it with you all.

We talked a lot on the phone and emails today,but she still wrote a nice thank you email to me.

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Queen Yoko,

I am BOWING to you ... with a Thank YOU BOW!!!!

Thank you so much for helping me out today! It was so sweet of you to ask your friends! You are AMAZING!!!! Really ... you ROCK!

You are such a great friend and I really thank you for all of your support today!

As for ******..... You were right .... AMAZING I think that I am going to become a ****** Junkie!

Thank you so much for showing me how to ******. I can't wait to see all of the ******.

From My Heart ... A Warm Thank you ... With a Heart-felt Bow!!!!!

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!THANK Y…

#57- Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett…

Since yesterday, I am watching many TV news programs…and I found out that I was underestimate FOX11 Good Day LA and TMZ…

I am always watching ABC7 or NBC4 for news program, but regarding Michael Jackson’s news was more detail information on FOX11 and TMZ in this morning.

Last night, I watched 20/20 on ABC7, it was a great show. 20/20 showed more good side of Michael and Farrah.

It was very nice to find out the story of them.

Michael was a real entertainer and Farrah was a great role model as a great actress and a beautiful smart independent woman.

I believe that Michael was enjoying life with a lot of children/ made a great energy from it and made a wonderful music and dance for people/ make many people happy in the world.

He was the truly entertainer and human being.

At this time, I am sure that many people feel the same way as me…I hope this feeling will bring more peace in the world…especially in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea.

Right now, I am listening Michael Jackson’s s…

#56- Toast for life

As I wrote in my blog on yesterday, I went to my friend, Keasha’s son’s birthday party.

And this morning, she sent to me a nice email.

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Hi Yoko,

Thanks so much for coming to Johnathan's birthday celebration! It was wonderful to have you with us on such a special day!

After everyone was gone, except the grandparents, Rev. June proposed that we do a "toast" with sparkling apple cider. We went around the room doing toasts to Johnathan for his birthday. At first, Johnathan was shy about saying his own toast. But at the end he said he wanted to do a toast. So he raised his cup and said, "I love you." It was soooo cute!

Take care,
Keasha

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Life is so short, but we have forever memories for everyone.

Happy Father’s Day to all!

P.S. I miss my late father, Toshihiko Fujimoto…he is my love forever…

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 21, 2009

#55- At the birthday party for 4-year old boy

Today, I went to the birthday party for my friends(Keasha & John)’s son, Johnathan.

His birthday is tomorrow (on the 21st), but they are going to Disneyland tomorrow, so they had a party today.

Oh…Johnathan is sooo adorable!

John (his dad): Johnathan, what is the best part of your birthday?

Johnathan: My name is on my cake! Daddy, come here…I love you. Mommy, I love you, I love you, I love you.


Me(Yoko): Johnathan, how old are you?

Johnathan: 3!

Me: 4 right?

Johnathan: Tomorrow, I am going to be 4!

Oh…sooo cute!

Do you remember? Keasha, John and Johnathan were on my blog on Jan 25th,2009. They went to Washington DC for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Johnathan told Keasha at the time, "Mommy, I want to be Barack Obama."

This boy has a bright future for sure!

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Last March, we (me and Tokyo Broadcasting System Television/TBS TV staff) visited Keasha and John for the interview on TV regarding Obama vs. Clinton story. They were on the Obama sid…

#54- Sun is important!

Since last week, there was LA fashion market and I had many interviews with many fashion designers, owners of the boutiques etc and had a meeting with photographer about our some magazines projects…

I am enjoying every moment. Don’t feel like I am working!

By the way, today, Mr.Lorenzo Hadar (owner of H.Lorenzo) told me in the interview, "I choose Los Angels, because sun is important and gives us energy. "

I agree with him. LA has some special power for people. I think sun is the part of the power.

Anyway, I will enjoy the view of pool with sun from my home office window…and I am going to write more articles tomorrow.

If you are in LA, enjoy the sun tomorrow!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 16, 2009

#53- 20 something power!

I just finished my writing an article for Senken-newspaper (a Japanese top fashion trade newspaper. Similar to WWD, DNR and California Apparel News) regarding my yesterday’s interview with a fashion artist in Los Angeles.

This info is secret at this time (because it is not on the newspaper yet), so I can’t write about this brand (a fashion artist in Los Angeles) in my blog today…but I can write about Erika who is a sister of this brand’s owner/ a fashion artist.

Yesterday, I went to see them (Erika and her brother/ a fashion artist) at Pure Consulting (http://www.pureconsultinginfo.com/index.php). Erika is working with Kimberly, so I had a great time with Kimberly, Erika and Erika’s brother.

Oh…today’s my topic is…young power is sooo cool!!! Erika’s brother’s work is amazing and Erika’s knowledge is also amazing! I call this amazing thing is…20 something power!

Erika is the one she told me about the Twitter (these days many business/fashion people use it as a PR & Marketing Tool) …

#52- National Best Friend Day!

Today,it was a National Best Friend Day!

I didn't know about it,but I ran into a nice video on YouTube (Christian the lion Reunion, full length movie, London Lion reunited in Africa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjWtRYaxmWM&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fblog%2Elivedoor%2Ejp%2Fnorism%5Fblog%2F&feature=player_embedded) this afternoon.

This video moved to me, so I just sent this nice friendship video to my best friend, Suzie this afternoon.

And she wrote me back tonight and it was a very nice email.

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Yoko,

Today is National Best Friend Day. Thank you for the video it was really cute/fun! You really are my Best Friend!

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to help teach me Japanese! You really are such a Great Friend and really extend yourself and care about others! Internet Hug from me and Wishing you a Happy National Best Friend Day!

You are really THE BEST!!!!!!!

Love,
Suzie

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#51- Lucky power!!!

I got a scoop today! Lucky me!

And more lucky thing happened to me…I met an “it girl”!

My friend, Ms.Kimberly Goodnight (she owned a PR company, Pure Consulting http://www.pureconsultinginfo.com/index.php) introduced me to her friend, Ms.Kendra Gratteri (I can’t write about her & her business in today’s my blog, because I am going to write an article about them for Senken-newspaper) today.

Kimberly picked me up at my place and we went to Kendra’s office this morning. I met Kendra, her boss (vice president of ******) and more people there.

Wow…I got a great story!!! Positive power makes positive business!

After our interview, we(Kendra, Kimberly and me) went out for lunch at Urth Caffe.

I am always right for first impression of people…I really liked Kimberly when I met her at first time long time ago and I felt same way to Kendra today. She is beautiful, fashionable and has a great energy and lucky power like Kimberly!

It was right my instinct that Kendra has a lucky power. When we…

#50- Lunch at pink taco!

Today, I had a great lunch at pink taco/ Mexican restaurant with Andrea (a director of sales of pink taco.)

In March, I made a Farwell party arrangement ( for Mr.Tetsu Fujiwara of TBS TV ,Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Los Angeles Bureau Chief) at pink taco. (see my blog on March 24th.)

We had a great time at pink taco that day. pink taco has great food, fun atmosphere and good party price/party package/party space.

Today, Andrea and I had a great lunch and conversation about our life story and business etc.

She treated me a lunch and we had a delicious lunch. Our lunch was… Appetizers: Ahi Tuna Tostaditas and Hornitos Tequila Lime Shrimp, Entrees: Paella, Summer Salad and Ice tea.

Everything was sooooo good!!!

Andrea and I had a business conversation in March over the phone calls and emails, but we never met until today.

It was very nice to meet her. I really felt that we knew each other long time. Andrea is very smart and sweet. And she is very beautiful on the inside and out…

#49- Omamori

Omamori are Japanese lucky charms.

I have three Omamori from Japan this year, one of them from Futamiokitama-Jinja (a shrine located in Futami,Watarai-gun, Mie, Japan) and two of them from Ise-Jingu (a shinto shrine dedicated to goddess Amaterasu Ōmikami, located in the city of Ise in Mie, Japan.)

Omamori are Japanese amulets dedicated to particular Shinto deities as well as Buddhist figures. The word mamori means protection, with omamori meaning honorable protector.

Most of Japanese have Omamori. Even though people who don’t have a religion (like me) have Omamori.

Anyway, I got a fourth Omamori last month from Ms.Megumi Eda who is a jewelry designer.

I met Megumi at her office in Santa Monica and I interviewed her for Senken-newspaper. The article came out on June 1 in Japan.

The Omamori which she gave it to me was a “Woman Beauty” protection Omamori necklace! So beautiful and feel beautiful!!!

Megumi has Omamori necklaces and bracelets for “Good Luck for Man”, “Good Luck for Woman”,…

#48- Thank you note

I got a nice email last night from Dr. Sopheap Ly who survived Cambodia's Killing Fields.

(If you want to know about her and her new book “No Dream Beyond My Reach”, please read my blog on May 13,2009.)

She said to me in the email “so nice of you that you wrote about me”… and “i came america in 1987, 2 yr before you but we are proud as asian professionals that thrive with american dream.”

So nice to receive this kind of email from someone never met.

This morning, we (Dr. Sopheap and me) talked more by emails.

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I love “Thank you note”. To receive it or send it…both way…I love it!

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Today, I wrote 10 thank you notes for people who I interviewed and wrote. Tomorrow, I will send these notes and newspapers to them.

These days people want to go paper less…but, I think nice to see/read hand writing note and real one…I mean newspaper.

I draw a blue flower on the paper and wrote a short thank you note.

/ Hi ****, Here is your copy of Senken-newspaper. Thank you! Best, Yoko /

#47- Twitter is cool???

Lately so many people said…My Space is so last year and Face book is great…and and and Twitter is cool!

Really??? How???

Ok…I would love to find out…

Here you go! http://twitter.com/FromLAbyYoko I just made my Twitter page!

I can’t wait to have fun with it!!!

Would you follow me or should I follow you???

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
May 27, 2009

#45- Play with pop art…!

I felt sad after watched "Ugly Betty"tonight…so I was wondering how can I make feel good before go to bed…and I found this tool/toy, Warholizer!

This toy was inspired by Andy Warhol's famous paintings of Marilyn Monroe.

My old headshot turns into a pop art!

This toy is sooo much fun and makes me so happy! Now I can go to bed peacefully.

Good night!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
May 22, 2009
midnight

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