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#133- Sick and the Home

Feel winter air…its December. It’s the most wonderful time of the Year! I want to say Yay!…but…I got sick on last Friday…I have been sick for five days…after three days of sore throat, I got sneeze, sneeze, sneeze and running nose…yes, I got a cold.

Today, I called Mama (my mom) in Tokyo, Japan and said “Happy Birthday Mama!” then, she was worry about my cold. She told me on the phone, “Have some miso soup and tea with umeboshi (literally “dried ume” are pickled ume fruits common in Japan. Ume/Prunus mume is a species of fruit-bearing tree in the genus Prunus, which is often called a plum but is actually more closely related to the apricot).”

Ok…I have two of umeboshi (Mama sent them to me long time ago from Japan, I have never purchased them by myself. I don’t eat them much) but, I don’t have miso in my home(I am Japanese, but I don’t care about miso soup)…so my tonight’s dinner was, pork spareribs, bread, corn cream soup(this soup is my favorite from Mama’s recipe), hot milk with a lot of sugar and Japanese cold medicine.

So funny that Suzie (she is a Caucasian and American / she also has a cold) wrote me an email today, “Please take good care of yourself and drink lots of tea and soup and get lot's of rest. I know I must sound like a mother : ) I had miso soup for 3 meals ... I put fresh ginger in it. I really think it helped my cold.”

Ok…miso soup again…I don’t have it at home and I don’t want it…I guess, Mama made Suzie Japanese and I became more an American than Suzie… ha ha ha…but, you know what, Mama and Suzie are right. Japanese food is good for sick & healthy diet. It’s very healthy food for everyone. I wish I could be more Japanese... :)

So…I have three cans of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup in my kitchen cabinet. Yes, I am going to have them instead of miso soup tomorrow… even though I eat American soup with made in China spoon, I like American comfort food for my cold in here, Los Angels.

By the way, sometimes I love being sick with pink pajamas and cute nightgown (both made in Japan, Mama bought them for me in Tokyo, Japan), because I could feel winter season at home and I feel cute :)

Right now, I am in my home at 78 degrees (automatic air conditioner) and have a cold, and I enjoy being sick… :) Am I crazy? no…Am I sugar high? yes…Am I cold medicine high? maybe…

Sick and the Home…sounds like fun, right?

P.S. Please don’t catch a cold from me. Take care and enjoy December!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Dec 1, 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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From LA by 藤本庸子      
(http://fromla.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2011/03/pray-for-japan-.html)


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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If you want to know about Kitson, Fraser and KITROSS, read below.

My translation (into English) is not perfect, but my Japanese article is more than perfect, ha ha…; )



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Senken-Shimbun (major Japanese fashion business newspaper)

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