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

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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。


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