Saturday, March 27, 2010

#97- My birthday was…

Yoko,

“May your birthday be just the beginning of a year filled with life’s richest joys and happiness.”

Wishing you a very Happy 46th Birthday!

It is amazing that we met over 20- years ago! Of course you look the same…and haven’t changed since we met. I will never forget the day…Should I say…early morning when we first met. I have so many fond memories…from “Go hey cutie”…to “Make up Madness”…to “” stuffing 10-pieces of Sushi” in your mouth…to watching “Japanese drama together”…to “Celebrating many Birthdays”…and it just gets better and better.

We have shared many many laughing attacks…and laughed hard…so hard that my eyes teared up. You always put a smile on my face & warmth in my heart.♡

I feel so luck to have shared so much with my dearest, oldest friend ♡ Yoko……..

It has been such an honor to know you and share a deep bond and sisterhood together!

You are the BEST friend anyone could ever ask for!

Looking forward to sharing many future Birthdays to come♡.

Warmest Birthday Wished& Love,
Suzie
xxooxoxoxx

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Yesterday, it was a perfect birthday with my best friend, Suzie.

Thank god, even though Suzie was busy working with TV project yesterday, she put my birthday things all together.

She picked me up and took me to the sushi bar (SUSHI GEN/ Honda plaza 422 E. Second St. Los Angeles/ 213-617-0552).

I ate soooooooo much delicious sushi and sushi chef (his name is Kazu) gave me a “Tenugui” (a thin Japanese hand towel) as a birthday gift. What a nice Sushi place (I usually go to the other Sushi bars in Hollywood and West Hollywood, but I really loved this place which Suzie’s favorite place)! SUSHI GEN people sang “Happy Birthday” song for me and served me a fruits plate & mochi-ice cream with candle as well.Oh…I am really appreciate with Suzie and SUSHI GEN!

Birthday gifts from Suzie are so fabulous! The birthday card(see above), cute necklace, beautiful book mark, gorgeous stationary box of 10 cards & 10 envelopes with initial Y design, cute two art works from her daughters, CD of Twilight and cookies! Oh…these are my treasure!!! I loved them all!

After dinner, we went to open 24 hours place, Astro Restaurant in Silver Lake for coffee & dessert. We had fun until midnight.

This morning, I woke up with such a nice feeling.

Every day is a new day, but I really feel “special new day” starting from yesterday.

I hope you are having a nice new day too.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
March 27, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

#96- Fashion + Laugh

I always have fun at LA Fashion Market week!

Yesterday and today, I was interviewing many people who exhibit in Trade Shows…D&A, Brighte, Transit and Focus. OMG…I met many people…Around 100???

Last night, I attended at the “110 Years of Fashion” reception at California Market Center.

I had great conversation with important people in town. Ms.Jaime Lee,president of California Market Center,Ms.Jennifer Jordan, director of Leasing at California Market Center, Ms.Chelsea Matthews,trade show director at California Market Center, Mr.Jason Bates, CEO of Class Trade Show, Ms.Ilse Metchekat, president of California Fashion Association, Mr. Peter Jacobson, president of Fashion Link, Alison Nieder, executive editor of California Apparel News, Ms.Molly Rhodes, publisher of California Apparel News…and many more at the VIP lounge.

And tonight, I had fun lunch (at the Fish Market in downtown LA) and dinner (at the Yabu Restaurant in West Hollywood) with four of fashion people from Japan (Mr.Tony Shibata, president of Jameric Japan Inc., with his staff, Ms.Ayako Taguchi, Mr.Michio Karima, fashion designer and Mr. Minoru Sato of Eagle Co., Ltd.) Tony-san made True Religion big trend in Japan and he has many projects at this time. Mr.Karima makes many popular fashion brands in Japan.

Thank god…I laughed soooooooo hard tonight!!! Especially, Mr.Karima made me laugh so hard and my eyeliner made mess around my eye…ha ha ha!!!

Mr.Karima had so many funny magic and tricks. Even though, he gave me tips for his magic and tricks,I was impressed by his work! There are many “Wow moment”! Really!

Folks, I want you to know, there are some funny Japanese people and makes people happy.

Mr.Karima told me, “I have a “Pink house” in Japan”. I mean he told me that he loves Royal Hawaiian Resort (http://www.royal-hawaiian.com/index.aspx) and he used to design some products for them. Then, he really wanted have the “Royal Hawaiian” taste for his house, so he got some of the sample of the hotel building wall paint color and materials and he ordered to built his house like “Royal Hawaiian Resort”. Wow…he is such a designer! He seems he designs his life fashionably and fun!

Tony-san had many funny stories too, but he is private person, so I don’t think I can share his funny stories with you guys, but if you want to meet him, he is around with fashion people circle in LA and Japan. Try to visit LA Fashion Market week next time and ask for Tony-san?!

I love to work during LA Fashion Market week. I always meet many unique + fun people and have a lot of fun.

Life is about fun!

By the way, did you laugh today???

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
March 21, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

#95- Who are you???

I have a bad memory...

On Monday at the LA TEXTILE SHOW at California Market Center(CMC).

(OMG…Which Korean guy is the director of this Korean floor??? I don’t remember his face…ok…I have to ask him about him.)

Me: Excuse me. Good morning! Is Mr.******** here? I would like to talk to him.

Korean man: I am the ********. I remember you. Thank you so much for sending me the newspaper last year. I was surprised, you sent me a copy of Senken-newspaper in Korea.

Me: Oh…yes…my pleasure! You are Mr.********. Right…My brain is not working in this morning! ha ha ha! How are you? Do you have time to interview for Senken-newspaper right now?

Korean man: Oh…tomorrow is better.

Me: I would like to know what going on with Korean exhibitors before I interview them, so please make time for me today!!!

Korean man: How about this afternoon?

Me: Great!!! 1 o’clock?

Korean man: No…2 o’clock?

Me: Ok great! See you at 2, Mr.********.

(Now, I really have to remember his face…I really have to look at his face one more time to remember him!!!)

Yes, my interview with him was great! He gave me a scoop for my article.

When I see him next time in August, I am sure that I can go to him without asking “Is Mr.**** here?”

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Same day, at the press counter at CMC.

(OMG…What is her name??? I don’t remember…Lorie? Marie? Ok….A…no…B….no…C…Carry? no…D…Diane? Ah…Diane! Wait maybe not…)

Me: Hello! How are you! (If I don’t use “Hi”, I don’t need to say her name, right?)

The woman at the press counter: Good morning Yoko!

Me: Good morning…I need to talk to *** for my article, would you page her or would you tell her to meet me on the 13th floor at the show office this afternoon?

(Oh…bothers me…I can’t remember her name…Ah…I should use the line! )

Me : Oh…could you tell me how do you spell your name?

The woman at the press counter: ***

Me: Oh right that’s easy to write! But, L and R is very difficult for us, I mean for Japanese, so that’s why I always couldn’t pronounce right your name, ha ha ha.

The woman at the press counter: ???

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Today at the same place in the late afternoon.

A woman: Hey you!

Me: Ah…Hello!

(We hugged, but...who is this woman??? I think I met her somewhere, but I can’t remember…But...good…she seems doesn’t remember my name either. I think I met her at Neely’s party…yeah I think so!)

A woman: Are you here for your newspaper?

She talked to her friend who stand next to her, said “She is a writer.”

Me: Yes, I am working for Senken-newspaper. Oh...Neely is here as well, but I have not seen her yet. Have you seen her?

A woman: Who is Neely? Do you remember me? I spilled wine on your shoe at the party.

Me: Oh..yeah (ok now I really remember her! I met her at the party at the Petersen Automotive Museum for Gen Art and Rock Fashion Shows last year and she is my friend, Kimberly’s friend.)

This woman introduced me to her friend, “Here is ***”

Me: Nice to meet you! Here is my card! (to her friend) Oh, did I give you my card at the party?

A woman: Yes you did. You don’t remember??? We are on FACEBOOK!

Me: Oh yes! (OMG…I can’t use my line now…”How can I spell your name?” I have to find
her name from my FACEBOOK friends list…)

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I always admire American, because they are the expert for memorizing people’s name!

They usually say, “Hi ***, nice to meet you!” when we meet at the first time. This manner is nice way for remembering each others names(still doesn't work for me…ha ha ha.)

From now on…I should keep “people’s diary” and I can keep truck who I met, their names and how they look like.

Anyway, I hope I can remember myself when I get old…”Who am I?” …sounds scary…! I better to continue to write my diary forever!

My name is Yoko Fujimoto…I am a writer.

How about you?

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
March 16, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

#94- Birthday party at High School Musical 2

Today was my best friend (Suzie)’s 7 year old daughter’s birthday and we had a great time!

In the morning, I went to *** hotel and had a breakfast with Suzie, her two daughters and her parents.

Thank god…I have not seen her parents for 13 years, since 1997 Thanksgiving (Suzie and I went to visit them for Thanksgiving in ***). I was soooooooo happy to see them! They are here from *** (Far from California) for their grandkid’s birthday party.

7 year old girl was very excited about her party.

The party was wonderful!!!

Suzie invited 50 guests for “High School Musical 2” at the Canyon Theatre Guild (in Old Town Newhall) and she was such a great host! She served snack and drink during the 15 minutes intermission break, then we had a party on the stage with cast from the show. Kids were so happy to meet with cast. We had pizza, vegetable tray, cake and drink at the party.

OMG…cast and staff of the Canyon Theatre Guild (www.canyontheatre.org) were so kind for us to use their stage (we suppose to use the patio for the party, but we had rain today, so we had a party on the stage after the show) and cast came to our party and met us.

Suzie is such a great mother, even though she was busy for work (Japanese TV news), she took time to prepare for this party for her daughter. Her daughter’s favorite show is “High School Musical”, so she put together for her daughter’s birthday party.

She had gift for guests (included me!). The gift were cute lollipops (large and cute colorful) and CD of High School Musical 2. That’s cute! Really cute! She gave it to me pink (which is my favorite color) version gift! (I feel like a kid! ha ha ha!!!) Suzie is a creative person and their daughters are so lucky to have her as a mother!

After party, we went back to the hotel where Suzie’s parents stays and we had family party in the parents room. We had great food and great conversation.

It was sooooo nice to celebrate 7 year old girl's birthday like this and I was really happy to be with them. I really felt “LOVE” from Suzie and Suzie’s family.

Life is for love.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
March 6, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

#93- Expensive sandwich???

Food is my thing.

Today, I had BAD BAD BAD lunch at the Los Angeles Convention Center when I was attending the trade show, GLOBAL TEX (Textiles, Technology, Sourcing and Art Studios. Featuring the complete supply chain from design to production) for my articles of Senken-newspaper (as you know, the major Japanese fashion trade newspaper).

Anyway, my lunch, the cold sandwich (turkey ceasar wrap) was $8 and apple juice was $2.75. Total was $11.80, expensive for “cold bad food”!!! (tax is also expensive in California!)

When I was eating this “COLD BAD FOOD”, I thought “I could eat anything, but this cold bad food.”

Then I was interviewing Vietnamese woman who is a president of the Vietnamese garment company. She said to me in the interview, “At this time, Vietnam has most cheapest labor in the world, people are working at the factory $100-150 for a month. People who works at the factory $8 for an hour in U.S.”

“$100 a month??? You mean people are working at the factory for one month for $100??? OMG…!”

I could make more than $100 for an hour…It’s unfair that people who works hard and they get only a couple of dollars for that…

Now…I understand that the cold bad sandwich is $8…it’s not expensive…

Oh…by the way, I had a lot of hot & delicious finger food & wine around 3:00pm at the event! It’s more than $100 worth!!! (because I couldn’t eat half of my big cold “bad” sandwich, so I was still hungry at the time.)

My friend,Gordon suddenly came up to me and said, “Yoko, you always eat a lot. How have you been?”

Yes, food is my thing. If I eat good food, I am happy, if not…I am not happy.

End of the day, I am happy.

Tomorrow, I am going back to the Convention Center and might have a $10 salad for lunch(there is only one place to eat at the Convention Center, so I have no choice!) …I hope I will come home happy…! ha ha ha…

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
March 2, 2010