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

Today, I have received a sweet email from Keasha who is my best friend from Entrepreneur Magazine(Keasha and I used to work at the Entrepreneur Media Inc.).

Here is her email: Hi Yoko, I have to tell you this story. This morning, Johnathan said, "I want Yoko to come over to my house." And he didn't know you were coming for Thanksgiving yet. So then I told him, "Guess what? Auntie Yoko is coming to have Thanksgiving dinner with us this year!" He is very excited about seeing you! You have made quite an impression. He knows you are a person with good energy. See you soon, Keasha

Johnathan is Keasha’s son. He is soooooooo cute! Johnathan and Keasha made my day.

Keasha’s mom invited me to have a Thanksgiving dinner at her house with Keasha’s family + Keasha's mom’s family and friends. I can’t wait to see them and enjoy a day on Thanksgiving day with them!

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I am so lucky to have such nice + lovely friends. Each year, I have nice time on Thanksgiving with my friends.

My memorable Thanksgiving days were:

1: My first Thanksgiving in Miami in 1987. I went to Italian American family’s house with my roommate (OMG, I don’t remember her name) from Brazil. This family is friend of my roommate. It was first time for me to eat Turkey dinner. I ate so much that day. Everyone surprised that I could eat a lot of food with my skinny body. Especially, I loved the Candied Yams(it was first time, I ate them), it was soooooooo yummy!!! I ate so many yams that day.

2: My first Thanksgiving in Los Angeles in 1990. I ate dinner with 20 gay men and one straight girl friend, Karen from Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute (I used to act.) Yes, it was sooooooo L.A.! It was a fancy dinner with 20 gay men + one girl. It was first time to see many cute gay men at once. It was better than the dinner. Eye candy!

3: Thanksgiving with home work with Suzie and her family in 1997. OMG…at the time, I was just starting job at the Entrepreneur Magazine and I was freaking out, there were so many words that I didn’t understand in Entrepreneur Magazine (I thought, they will fire me…but, I was there 6 years and a half, thank god…). So Suzie and her mom helped me to understand so many words in the magazine…many Thanksgiving memories with Suzie and her family.

4: Big house +great food + great family Thanksgiving with Michele and her family. Many years, they treated me like their family member.

5: Last year dinner with Yuko-san and her husband (see my last year blog on Thanksgiving).

And many more great memories.

I love American and American culture. Especially, I love thanksgiving. I really feel that Americans are welcoming me to U.S.A. on Thanksgiving.

Before Thanksgiving, I want to say, Thank you to my friends and Thank you to U.S.A.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Nov 12, 2010

Copyright © 2010 Yoko Fujimoto

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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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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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