Friday, November 27, 2009

#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 which items for artistic appreciation are displayed), KAKEJIKU(hung scroll art), display arts of SHODO(Japanese calligraphy) and SADO(Japanese tea ceremony), FUSUMA(are vertical rectangular panels which can slide from side to side to redefine spaces within a room), SHOJI(is a door, window or room divider consisting of translucent paper over a frame of wood which holds together a sort of grid of wood or bamboo) and many more…

In this room, I was sooooooo comfortable and I was thinking that “I don’t want to go to sleep right away, because I want to enjoy this moment”…and then, my wish came true, I couldn’t sleep for a couple of hours…(I had two cups of coffee with pumpkin pie after dinner), so of course I couldn’t sleep…! ha ha ha…

Anyway, I really enjoyed at Yuko & Jim’s house. Jim is a regular American, I mean he is a Caucasian and he loves Japanese stuff like that…That’s wonderful!

Oh, by the way, I really appreciate that President Barack Obama's deep bow to the Japanese emperor earlier this month. I thought that was a simple show of respect for Japanese culture.

Yuko and Jim are very intelligent and I always enjoy conversation with them. We ate a lot and talked a lot. It was the perfect Thanksgiving Day.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Day.

P.S. Keasha, thank you very much for the invitation. I would like to join your family thanksgiving dinner at your mom’s house next year!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 27, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

#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 some articles in English in Entrepreneur Magazine…but I said to her, “I am not ready to write an article in English. I will let you know when I am ready”. Then, Entrepreneur Media Inc. had to close the deal with Entrepreneur Japan edition with Recruit Co., Ltd in Japan…It was too late to start writing articles in English…so I had to leave Entrepreneur Media Inc.

I was working as a freelance writer for many Japanese media on the side during I was at Entrepreneur Media Inc., so I thought I didn’t need to make effort with my career at the time. I was a reporter for NHK radio show and I was busy for TBS TV (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.) and wrote many articles for Senken-newspaper at the time…

Anyway, are you happy for me? I wrote an article in English for this new project yesterday.

Do you remember when I started studying English at Junior high school? You bought me so many English text books and you taught me English almost every week. You helped my homework in the summer, I mean you translated “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” book for me! Oh…god…I was cheating about my home work at the time huh! Now I need your help…but you are up there…how can I reach you! Your English was so great!

I know your father taught you English when you were young and you wanted to teach me like your father did it to you. I remember Grandpa read newspaper in English everyday. Now…I am working in U.S. and writing articles in English. Are you proud of me??? I am sure that you are sending me a message “You made it! Good for you!” from heaven.

Oh…you know what, I can teach you some English words from my work on this weekend…search engine optimization (SEO), infrastructure, virtualization, file server, security patch…did you get it? Maybe you don’t…because you passed away before you know these technology terms! Now, we are in the new technology world! Amazing! We can work, write, talk and meet to each other on online! Oh…maybe you don’t need it in heaven, maybe you have more big power better than computer in heaven?

Anyway, I am doing well.

Oh Suzie wrote me a nice email about you. Please see below.

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Yoko,

I am so sorry ... I forgot that today is the day!

Do you want company today?

Today is a VERY SPECIAL DAY .....

I will remember your father today with a cute smile and warm laugh ... and the funny sound "isshhhhhh" when he would get up from the table!

I know that your dad is watching over you and with you .... and laughing and smiling!!!!

Today is a very SPECIAL DAY!!!!

We can come and take you out somewhere today if you would like company!

Please send your mother my regards and tell her I am thinking and remembering

Papa fondly today!

Love,
Suzie

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Papa, I hope you are happy in heaven. I really miss you. I sometimes feel you when I am thinking of you or you are thinking of me.

Are you enjoying the chocolate (which I put it in front of your photo) today?

How about the holiday music? KOST 103.5 has great holiday music, right?

Papa, I will call Mama today and I will let her to pray for you to the little box at home in Tokyo.

Oh…I will visit Mama(mother) and Masa-kun(younger brother) this winter season in Tokyo. Please don’t ask Toshiaki-ojichan(my uncle) to come to see you in heaven, I really want to see him on this winter vacation. I hope his cancer is not making him to go to see you soon…

Oh…one more thing, I really want to write a novel and TV drama script (maybe cute comedy drama?) in U.S. to make people happy/entertain people in U.S., this is my next project/dream, so please pray for me, wish me luck!

Anyway, Papa, have a wonderful your day in heaven.

I miss you.

Love,
Your daughter, Yoko

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November 22…today is my late father’s memorial day. He passed away 15 years ago (on November 22, 1994 in Tokyo, Japan.)

Remember, life is very short…so please enjoy your life with your family and friends as much as you can.

Happy Thanksgiving week to you all!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 22, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

#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, where are you going to clean? Your home is always so clean!”…but…I love to polish things and re-organize things with upbeat music like, LADY GAGA (I enjoyed LADY GAGA on Gossip Girl tonight!)

Anyway, I am so happy to getting ready for winter vacation and New Year!

Start fresh…sounds so nice, right?

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 16, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

#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

Sunday, November 1, 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 celebrities) at this party.

The owners of this brand & boutique, Michel and Sally Perrin are so sweet and kind. I am sure that this brand and boutique will be more popular in U.S.A.!

And then, we went to Gen Art/Rock fashion week after party at Petersen Automotive Museum. We got together with Erika & her boyfriend, Luke and Kimberly’s many friends. We met new people as well and we stayed there until the end, I mean, the light went off at the party…ha ha ha…!

Two parties in one night, it was fun. Even though, I couldn’t drink/ I just had sip of champagne at the first party(because I was the driver for Kimberly), I had fun!

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Next night, on Friday night, I invited Kaori(who is a celebrity photographer and my new Japanese friend) to the Rock fashion week fashion shows & party.

We ate dinner at Chin Chin/Sunset Plaza(Kaori is so sweet, she treated me a dinner!), then we went to this event at Petersen Automotive Museum(again! I mean, for me).

I always get the first row seat (seat for VIP and Press), so I also got Kaori’s seat for this row (thanks to Nicole who is a president of Rock fashion week and Alison who is a PR of this event).

Kaori said to me so cute, “I always stand at the box (she pointed to the photographer’s area) for fashion show, I have never seen fashion show in the first row, thank you to you”.

Nicole who is a president of this event, she is such a beautiful and nice woman. She said to me, “Thank you so much Yoko for coming and I hope you enjoyed it! It was a true pleasure to finally meet you in person as well”. She is very professional and I am so glad that I am going to write about her and her business in Senken-newspaper.

I can’t write about this event in this blog on today, because I am going to write an article in Senken-newspaper, but four fashion shows were so fabulous! And we got many great gifts from the fashion shows. Thank you to Nicole!

Oh…I had a luck that I sat next to Alison who is an executive editor of California Apparel News at this time, and she gave me some tips! I always see her at many events, but I usually don’t talk to her not much, so I am so glad that I could talk to her a lot at this time.

I had so much fun with Kaori, she was a great company at this event (I usually attend fashion shows alone, so it was nice to have her as a company).

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Last night, Halloween night, I was at my friends, Keasha and her husband, John’s home party.

They have so many wonderful family and friends. We talked and ate so much and I had fun Halloween night.

Oh…their son, Johnathan(4 year old) is a great dancer! He is so cute!!! He danced well like Michel Jackson! I see the bright future of Johnathan. He will be a star like Michel or a success man like Obama! (See my blog on June 20,2009)

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And I wanted to say thank you to my best friend, Suzie. She is always so sweet, she is my sister, mother, company for laugh club (we always laugh a lot!)…she has such a beautiful soul.

Every night (includes these three nights), she made sure that I got home safe. She said, “I will wait for your call .... otherwise Mother Suzie will track you down on your cell phone!!!!”

As a single woman, I need this special care from my special friend. Thank you Suzie!!! I love you!!!

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I am so lucky to have many fabulous friends. It is so nice to be around with fabulous people.

Life is like a party, meet people and become friends with them, fabulous people!

Hope you have a fabulous day with fabulous people.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 1, 2009