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I am a freelance writer for newspapers,magazines as well as a journalist for TV.
I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#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

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About ethnicity?

About statism?

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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

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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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