Friday, August 28, 2009

#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, there was Sam who is an owner of ATRIUM (stylish NY boutique) and a founder of PROJECT (stylish apparel trade show in Las Vegas) at this show. Jason took me to the booth where Sam was making a deal, so I had a chance to talk to him.

Me: OMG…you are here???

Sam: Yeah, I am buying!

Me: You are going to have your own show in Vegas next week, but you are buying here???

Sam: This show is great! So relaxing and here is California… (I can’t write about his comments in my blog today, because his comments are my materials for my writing/work.)

Me: Wow…You are really nice!!! No compete to each other!

Sam: We help each other, right?

Then I saw Andrew who is a reporter for California Apparel News and my friend.

Me: Hey Andrew!!! He is my great friend. He always helps my writing!

Sam: See…you too. Help each other!

Yes, Sam, nice people always help each other!!!

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Tonight, when I came home, I got two great messages and one package!!!

One message is from Matt who is a co-owner of FREEDMAN (I only write this brand’s name from Class Trade Show in my today’s blog, because I really want to share his nice attitude with my readers.)

He sent me a nice email after the show (please see below.)

”Hi Yoko, I just wanted to say that it was a pleasure meeting you. I appreciate your interest in our line and our story. I have already thanked Karen for the introduction. If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to call me. I hope to see you at our Sept. 10th Vogue Event at Ron Robinson at Fred Segal on Melrose. Have a great weekend. Talk with you soon. Regards, Matt.”

I could tell that Matt and his brother, Randy will make it well. FREEDMAN has great quality products and great attitude for their business.

At the Class Trade Show, I felt “like attracts like” a lot.

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Oh…one other message and package was…from Kimberly, Erika and Andrew (who is a brother of Erika and owner/designer of Andrew Hanson’s F)

They sent me a custom hoody (pink body with white daisy patchworks which my taste!) with “We love you!” message.

I interviewed (for Senken-newspaper) Andrew at Kimberly’s office (you know, she is my great friend and an owner of PR company) in June. Erika is working with Kimberly, also she is my great friend and helped me for the interview with Andrew (Erika’s brother.) Erika is a great PR like Kimberly, so she talked about Andrew’s clothing line well at the interview with Andrew.

After the interview, Andrew promised me he will present me a custom made hoody.

Andrew: Yoko, what would you like?

Me: I love pink and daisy! Like my business card! (My business card has pink daisy flowers in my name logo.)

Oh…my pink hoody is soooooooo cute!!!

White daisies are on the front, back and hood!!! I am sure that many people will ask me “where did you get it?”

If you want to order a custom made hoody, denim and Tee, please visit at Andrew Hanson’s F website at http://www.andrewhansonsf.com/ .

Andrew rocks too!

He has a live show on web to show you how he makes custom clothing!

I really appreciate people who really respect and care for me. Especially, Kimberly is the best! When I had busy schedule for my translation book project for three weeks, she congrats me on this project, then she didn’t call me or write me, because she didn’t want to bother me. She knew I was soooo busy, so she was let me alone for three weeks, even though she really needed my translations of my articles for her clients, she didn’t bother me at all. She is the best PR and friend. Thank you Kimberly!

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Next week, I am going to Las Vegas for fashion trade shows. I can’t wait to meet more nice people!

P.S. I have no energy to write an article for my work right now, but I wanted to share my today’s nice feeling, that’s why I wrote my blog today. I hope you had a great day today and have a wonderful weekend!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 28, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

#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 are working for you everyday, so you can’t compare to any other apartments, and I discounted your rent every year and you have a great deal compare to the other residents, you know that.”

Yes, I know, I have a great deal at this place. I have a nice view (pool, trees, flowers and hills side green view), clean rooms, fitness center…but I feel like I deserve better!

Ha! My wish came true!

The manager sent me a letter the other day…”At***, we recognize that today’s economic climate impacts everyone. None of us really know what to expect over the next several months. While there are signs that the economy may be recovering, we know that there is still some uncertainly out there. We recognize that your rent check is often the large single expense, so we would like to offer you the opportunity for some peace of mind by providing budget certainty on your rent with an early lease extension opportunity. If you extend your lease within 30 days as offered below, you will not incur an increase of any kind in your monthly rent for the term indicated. Your rent will stay the same, and we will have the benefit of knowing you’ll stay with us for a longer period of time.” And this letter continues 9 more lines.

Of course, today, I tried to negotiate my rent with my apartment manager and the assistant manager to decrease my rent, but she and he told me “Yoko, you don’t need to negotiate with us until February 2011.”

I asked the assistant manager: I know you guys have a new price for new residents. How much is the most reasonable rent for new residents?

The assistant manager: Every room is deferent.

Me: I know, but just give me some average numbers.

The assistant manager: (He showed me the paper) You see here for example, we offer to new people decrease rent from $*** to $*** , but still $5 more than yours, which means you still have a great deal.

Me: Ok…I trust you guys…! I feel better now. Thank you very much for your service. I don’t have to think about the negotiation until February 2011.

The manager: Yoko, we don’t give this offer to everyone.

Really??? The letter says…”we recognize that today’s economic climate impacts everyone.”

But…I think this offer is good for me. I don’t think my apartment company (one of the major company in the states) will decrease our rent next year.

Me: I know, you guys always nice to me! I am so happy to live here. I feel safe and always clean everywhere. Nice trees and flowers. I am very happy to be here! You guys give me a great service. I really appreciate it.

But…I still wonder do I really have a great deal???

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 26, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

#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 message from the stranger. Thank you Bruce!

Have a nice rest of your summer to you all!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 20, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

#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) and Keasha (who introduced me to this project)!

Every morning, when I woke up, I really felt that I was so happy and excited for work on this lovely book!

Even though, I missed so many parties and events which I was invited, but sorry for folks…I feel like I don’t miss anything, because of this lovely book.

But…I just wanted to say thank you for invited me and I am so sorry that I missed you guys! to "Caprice Gray & Allison Burn/the Grand Store opening party", "pre-event for Rock fashion week party "(owner of this fashion week, Nicole, thank you for your invitation!)," event at Kinara Spa", "Loree Rodkin opening party", "Lawrence Asher Gallery opening party","Book publishing party for Ms.Yukari Aoi", "SKINGRAFT boutique Summer Designer Showcase"and "CMT/Urban Behavior opening party", more and more…Especially, my great friend, Kimberly…I am so sorry that I couldn’t go to her many parties and events.

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Dear Tina! anyway, I am sooooooo happy because of you and your book! Tina, I am soooooooo happy to know you and I am soooooooo happy to be a translator for your lovely book!
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Tina’s book made my days!!!

xoxo,
Yoko

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 16, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

#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 Japanese.)

This project is also, I don’t feel like I am working. I feel like, I am enjoying reading a book with dictionary and googleing.

By the way, there was the sign for “complimentary hair cut for buyers and press” at the California Market Center today…so during my lunch break, I went to the place for free hair cut, but nobody there…

Since I saw the sign ”complimentary hair cut”…I really feel like I need a hair cut today!…so…after my work, I went to “emergency hair cut place(very reasonable price and there is a good hair stylist)”, I begged my hair stylist, “I have no time for hair cut or anything at this time, because lately I am working 12 hours a day everyday…but I have half hour for hair cut right now…please help me!!!” then, she helped me…even though she had a customer who is doing coloring/this customer was fine with me.)

Anyway…I talk too much/write too much…I just had 10 minutes break right now! ha ha ha! I have more work to do tonight…! I mean…I have more “joy things” to do tonight!

Write 7 thank you notes for people who I interviewed for my articles. And one thank you card for my editor in Japan. OMG…the editor of my book translation project, she sent me a lot of Japanese food the other day. She is sooooo sweet!

It is such a nice feeling that I have been meeting many nice people and enjoying with them. See…I am not working, I am playing all the time!

Anyway, I am enjoying every moment of my life!

I hope you are the same.


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 8, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

#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 complaining about something like Japanese people who always hard on themselves or humble themselves… Please don’t get me wrong, there are many nice Japanese people who do compliment to each other!

Ok…I am going back to my work…!

By the way, my project / this book make me so happy and I would like to introduce to you this book when we finish our work!

Oh…for me…never lost in translation in U.S.A. because I love U.S.A. and I know how wonderful they are!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 1, 2009