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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#23- Am I a good negotiator?!

Have you seen 20/20 (ABC TV) on the 30th ('Unsaid Chemistry': Science of Seduction Four Couples, Biological Anthropologist Explore the Changing Rules of Attraction)?

I recorded it and I saw it this afternoon and I took a test of biological personality types by biological anthropologist Helen Fisher. My result/my primary personality type is a “explore” (my secondary personality type is a “negotiator”.)

Ms.Fisher suspects we are all some combination of these four types, which she has named the explorer (risk-taking, associated with dopamine), the builder (calm, traditional, associated with serotonin), the director (analytical, tough-minded and decisive, associated with testosterone) and the negotiator (emotionally expressive and empathetic, associated with estrogen).
* This info is from ABC TV website http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Story?id=6761212&page=1

I think everybody is different, so we can’t simply devise four types of personalities, but it was fun to take a test like thi…

#22- My friend’s inauguration trip was…

Keasha is an African American who is from Los Angeles and she is one of my best friends who I met at Entrepreneur Magazine where we used to work together.

She and her husband(J***) & son (J********/ 3 and half year old) went to Washington DC last week for the inauguration, so I sent an email to her “How was the trip?”…and she wrote me back a wonderful and fun email today.

I would like to share it with you who read my blog…because we can feel the real inauguration day and African American’s real feeling on that day and today.

I really glad that Keasha is my special friend, because I always learn many beautiful things from her.


******* Here is Keasha’s email on today*******(I got a permission from Keasha to share her email with you all.)


Hi Family,

C****, L**** & Yoko -- thanks for asking about the inauguration trip. Being in DC for the inauguration was great, although we were thrown off by an unexpected overnight layover in NY and basically lost a day. We spent most of Monday m…

#21- Perfect day!

Suzie visited me, had a tea time at my place and we went out for lunch in Glendale and dinner in Silver Lake today.

Since our reunion after 8 years apart…I visited her house last month and she visited my apartment today.

We celebrated her early birthday (her birthday is on this Sunday!) and celebrated our friendship for 23 years.

It was a perfect day with perfect friend.

Life is beautiful!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Jan 23, 2009

#20- Congrats U.S.A.!!!

I was up since 6:00am and until now…I am watching TV(at the same time,I was working!)

Of course I wanted to see the beautiful historical moment in the states.

Obama’s inaugural speech was kind of ordinary/plain to me…I wish I could hear more his own words and passion…

My favorite part of his speech was…”This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”

Now, white, black, brown, yellow…will be equal…so…I hope men and women will be equal too. Especially… in Japan…!

Go Mr.Obama and Ms.Clinton!

I am soooooooo happy for U.S.A.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Jan 20, 2009

#19- Jet lag in L.A….

It is 5 o’clock in the morning…yes…I am in jet lag…!

Soooooooo nice to come back to L.A.

Suzie e-mailed me and called me.We talked for two hours and half. So nice to hear the word…“Welcome home”. Yes I am back!!! L.A. is my town for sure!!!


My vacation (one month) in Japan was very very nice!!!

I stayed at my mother and brother’s house in Tokyo, Japan. Saw 6 movies and read 12 books…three times trips with my family (with my mother and my younger brother) and ate so much food for a month. It was a perfect vacation!

Trip to Utsunomiya in Tochigi was nice. We had a great time with my uncles, aunts and cousin. One of my uncles has a cancer and he is dying…but…I believe miracle, so my uncle is not going to die soon…I was so happy to see him at this time. I told him that “You are going to live long for sure”. I really think so.

At the Christmas time, we spent time in Shinjuku, Tokyo and Shimoda, Izu in Shizuoka. We (with my mother and my brother) had a dinner on Christmas Eve at the Shinjuk…