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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#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…