Thursday, January 28, 2010

#89- Good-bye to my uncle, Toshiaki-ojichan…

This morning, my mother called me from Tokyo, Japan.

“Sorry to call you early in the morning…” said to me…I knew what she was going to say next…

My uncle, Toshiaki-ojichan passed away today in Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan…

When I saw him last month during my stay in Japan for my vacation, I couldn’t (didn’t) tell him that “You are my most favorite uncle. I love you!”…because I didn’t want him to think that he is dying soon…(because Japanese don’t say often this kind of words ”I love you” to people)

Now I can say to him…

Toshiaki-ojichan, I love you!

Toshiaki-ojichan, Do you remember? Me and Masa-kun (my brother) used to call you “Ton-nichan (nichan means brother in Japanese)” when we were so small?

When I was three or four years old, you often visited us (me & my brother) and played with us. You are the only one uncle, I remember and have a good memory when I was small. I always thought that “I love Toshiaki-ojichan! He is fun person to play with!!!”

I wish I could call you Ton-nichan for forever…when you got married and had your own kids, we felt like…had to change to call you, “Toshiaki-ojichan(ojichan means uncle in Japanese)”…I felt sad that you can’t play with us and we can’t call you “Ton-nichan” anymore(because we are not small anymore)…

You are always sweet with everyone and kind to everyone. Now, you can relax in heaven…

Toshiaki-ojichan / Ton-nichan, You are my most favorite uncle. I love you!!! Please have fun with your life in heaven and hope to see you again… Good-bye for now…

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Jan 28, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

#88- Dearest Suzie

Hi S,

Tomorrow is your birthday.

Happy Birthday!!! Have a wonderful day and a fantastic year!!!

Since we have became friends in the bathroom at dormitory of SDSU. You are my best friend. Thank god, that day was in 1987 summer.

I remember that you asked me a first funny question in the bathroom.

S: Good morning! Are you already ready to go to the class?

Y: Good morning…no…I just got back from the party…I am going to sleep now.

S: Oh…wow! aha ha ha!!!

Do you remember? I was all dressed up like a MADONA and wearing heavy make-up…but you asked me a question very polite way like a Japanese girl…ha ha ha! You too much learned Japanese and Japanese culture, huh!

I remember when I was in the cafeteria with you, having a dinner together, I said to you…

Y: I love American food!!! I love hamburger and pizza! I ate too much!

S: Do you really like these??? aha ha ha!!!

Yes, we are laughing a lot and talking a lot since then.

You always make me so happy to talk to. You enjoy me and I enjoy you! You always look at things funny way and positive way. That’s why I really love you!

You have such a positive attitude for life. Good for you!!! I am really enjoying life with you and you make my life happy!!!

Thank you so much for being such a great friend and a sweet sister!

I am very happy that you married to my old friend and have two beautiful daughters. Even though we had some issues between me and you & your husband (who is my old friend) for 8 years…I always thought about you as my life time friend during 8 years(during we didn’t talk or see each other).

Out of blue…you found me 2 years ago…I was so happy to reunion with you & your husband.

Since 2 years ago…our friendship grew really strong, right? OMG…We are friends for 23 years.

I guess we needed the time (8 years) to establish our strong friendship again. Don’t you think???

You are my forever friend. Let’s have more fun together for long long time!!!

Anyway, I love you and have a wonderful new year!


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Jan 24, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

#87- Rain in California!

I love the rain (I mean…only when I am at home)…I love to see the rain drops and to hear the rain sounds. What a nice feeling that I am able to be in the home on the rainy day…

Of course…the rainy day is not good for everyone…we have a tornado warning and a flood evacuation warning today again in some area in California (I am so sorry for them who are having hard time in this storm)…

Yes…I am afraid of thunder and lightning… (I had to turn off TV and computer for a while yesterday and today.)

Since we are having these heavy rainy (storm) days, I am having a great reading time with hot cocoa and BGM (ENIGMA) & the rain sounds between my writing/working.

Thank god…I am a freelance writer, which means, I can control my work schedule/ I can make my plan what I want.

Relax with a book and the rain sounds…sounds so nice, right? I hope you can relax in your weather too.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Jan 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

#86- My winter vacation in Japan

Happy New Year!

I was in Japan for a month! I had a wonderful vacation in Tokyo, Japan with my mother and my younger brother.

We (me, mother and brother) visited my uncles and aunts in Utsunomiya,Tochigi. One of my uncles (my mother’s younger brother) has a cancer, so we visited him twice at the hospital as well.

We usually travel all over in Japan during my stay, but we didn’t go far away from Tokyo. We spent time in Tokyo, Yokohama in Kanagawa and Oiso Long Beach in Chiba near Tokyo (if something happens to my uncle, we would like to visit him right away, so my brother made my vacation plan in Tokyo and near Tokyo area).

We had Christmas time at the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka (we spent two days. enjoyed Christmas lights at Shiodome, Roppongi midtown, Roppongi Hills, Omotesando and Odaiba). Tokyo has many beautiful Christmas spots!!!

End of the year week, we went back to the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka and celebrate our ending year. We ate so much and talk too much. We had a great family time.

Tokyo grew so fast…there are so many beautiful buildings, shopping malls and bridges.

In January, we trip to Yokohama in Kanagawa (at the New Grand Hotel) and Oiso Long Beach in Chiba (at the Oiso Long Beach Prince Hotel).

In Yokohama, we enjoyed Yamashita park, China town and Minatomirai town. In Oiso Long Beach, we spent two days in the ocean view room and enjoyed hot springs. My mother and brother made me a best vacation.

We also had a great time for my last day at Narita, Chiba. We spent day and night at JAL Hotel Nikko near Narita International Airport. It was lucky to have a relax time before I leave for Los Angels.

It was very comfortable and fun vacation in Japan. My brother took me everywhere by his car and spent so much money on me and mother and my mother cooked and cleaned for me every day at home. Thanks to my family…

Now, I am ready to work and cook for myself! ha ha ha…

Did you have nice holidays? I hope you did.

Anyway, happy new year to you all!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Jan 13, 2010