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

“You are a fun-loving person and you will find much happiness”…this is a today’s my Chinese fortune cookie’s message.

Yes, I enjoy every fun moment…

At the Chinese restaurant near by the Gelson’s in Silver Lake/Los Feliz.

Me: I am going to shop at the Gelson’s, so I will be back 40 minutes later.

The cashier: What else?

Me: What else…? Oh…I would like to have a sweet and sour pork combination.

The cashier: All right. See you later!

One hour later, I realized that I ordered two people’s dinner (I have ordered a beef chow mein combination and a sweet and sour pork combination)…!

Yes, EAT. EAT.EAT…! I ate one and a half people’s dinner.

I hope, I am going to get more luck from this funny moment. I can't wait to open the other fortune cookie tomorrow.

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EAT.

I will go to Galia (my friend, Keasha’s mom)’s Thanksgiving dinner party.

Last Thanksgiving dinner…I ate a lot…

First round: Turkey (white & dark meat both) with cranberry sauce and gravy, Turkey Breast Roulade with Apple …

#162- Time is money

Time is money…Yes, I think so.

"Daylight saving time" system is a very smart idea.

One of my favorite activities in winter is, "Roll back my clocks & watches an hour to Standard Time."

Happy moment...I got one hour extra sleep in the morning, I gained one hour, and I saved one hour…!

Lucky us!


By the way, I would like to share the lucky scoop with you.

2012 Feng Shui Lucky Colors (this info is from Feng Shui master, Mr. Sachiaki Kobayashi in Japan) are red, yellow, white, and gold.

Have some lucky colors for your home and fashion, and gain more luck.

Have a wonderful winter time!


P.S. Japanese people don’t have "Daylight saving time" system in Japan, but most of them have enough saving money in the bank (yes, Japanese people are good at savings and they work overtime, so they don’t need to save their time).

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
November 6, 2011
Copyright © 2011 Yoko Fujimoto

#161- Fashion+Food+Music+Book+Art = A Fun Week

Many economic words, “The Wall Street Protesters”, “Top 1% of the Richest in America”, “The Proposed Tax Increase for the Wealthy”, “Neoliberalism”, “Market Fundamentalism” later, my words changed into “Dress”, “Tops”, “Jewelry”…YES, this week, I was in the L.A. Fashion Market Week in downtown L.A. and I enjoyed the party at Fred Segal (RON ROBINSON’s store) on the 20th, Thursday night.


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At the L.A. Fashion Market Week (Oct 17th-20th):

I always have fun during the L.A. Fashion Market Week.

As usual, I visited many fashion trade shows, showrooms, fashion show and I interviewed many fashion designers, jewelry designers, owners of brand, owners of trade show, owners of showroom, buyers and PR people of brand for Senken-newspaper (major Japanese fashion trade newspaper, similar to WWD or California Apparel News).

Here are some highlights from the L.A. Fashion Market Week.


*** Fashion story: My scoops are top secrets before my article comes out on Senken-news…

#160- Great messages from the richest 1% in America

Do you want to lose weight? If you do, read my today’s blog. You will lose a couple of pounds for sure!

I lost two pounds (now, my weight is 91 lbs. 3 pounds to go back to my original weight 88 lbs. Yeah!) within five days.


*** On last Saturday, the 8th

On last Saturday, the 8th, I got an email from the producer (Mr. N) of the Japanese major TV station, TBS TV (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.) regarding the project for the special news program, “Hodotokushu” (similar to 20/20 or 60 Minutes) in Tokyo, Japan.

I had worked on this news program with Mr. N in the past for “Obama vs. Hillary” subject, “BSE (Mad Cow Disease)” subject, etc.

Mr. N wrote me, “This project is in urgent!!! Could you find someone who is a very successful businessman & the richest 1% in America regarding the Wall Street Protesters? And could you interview & shoot someone by the 12th, Wednesday and send us the material on the 12th?”

He knows me, I love “Urgent (Challenge) project” and I always…

#159- “The Last Message” from my English text book…

The other day, when I read my old English text book (New Horizon English Course for 3rd grade junior high school / for 15 year-old), I nearly fell off my chair.

The last chapter (Lesson 12) surprised me so much.

The reason #1: I don’t remember this chapter. Did I study about this chapter??? Is this my text book (or my brother’s)???

The reason #2: I am wondering this science fiction short story is good for children?

The reason #3: The story of atomic energy is too much for Japan now… but it’s good for everyone in this world for our future…

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The title of this story is “The Last Message”. (Sounds like “THE 2012 STORY”???)

The story starts, “It happened at the end of the 20th century. People on the earth were able to talk with people on another planet by radio. The name of that planet was Friend, and it was just like the earth.”

The girl from Friend sent the message to the boy on the earth, “We know that the earth is a beautiful planet. We can watch your television programs. Thou…

#158- Trouble is in the air…

The other day, I had a great time in Santa Monica with Mr. & Mrs. I from Japan. I felt “ Love is in the air ”. Mr. & Mrs. I are a very nice marriage couple. They are my favorite people from Japan.

Mr. & Mrs. I said, “ We love Santa Monica! The sky is so blue and air is so fresh. Santa Monica makes us so happy. We are so happy that we are able to stay in Santa Monica for a few weeks every year. ”

I said to them, “ Oh…I am so happy to see you both. I am so happy to see an amazing happy couple! Mr. & Mrs. I make me happy!!! ”

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After “ Love is in the air ” moment, my air had changed into “ Trouble is in the air ” in my apartment.

Oh…again…my comedy story had got started.

I’ve got in trouble with my laptop computer’s wireless network…I’ve worked on my computer (trying to fix this trouble by myself) for 5 hours until 4:00am yesterday. Then, I gave up…I went to bed around 5:00am.

Trouble was in the air…

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Next morning (yesterday), I woke up around 10:00am and I c…

#157- Eat and Read in fall

In Japan, Japanese people usually say and do in fall, “dokusho no aki” (autumn is the best season for reading) and “shokuyoku no aki” (autumn is a season for good appetites), because the fall (autumn) nights are long in Japan, so Japanese people have many hours to Eat and Read in fall.

Eat and Read…yes, my favorite activities at home (for me, all seasons).

By the way, my friend, K (who is an American, a very intelligent editor & writer) wrote me a perfect message before my reading. Please see below.


******** My Friend, K wrote me a kind reply to my email regarding my question about English grammar

I read your blog with the question about English grammar. It's a very good question! First, English language is well known for having inconsistencies in its rules for spelling and grammar. This is mostly because the current English language has evolved from several different languages, including German, French, and Latin. The inconsistency of spelling and grammar rules in English is …

#156- My last summer day

After a couple of studies of “present perfect”, I finally got an answer from my friend’s friend.

My question was: Why “I got cancer” is incorrect English? I would like to know the reason. (If you want to know the details about this question, please read my blog on August 30, 2011).

Next Dr. Phil, George gave me an answer to my question.

George: Cancer is not like a cold, cancer is unable to get in an instant, so we can’t say that “I got cancer” like “I got a cold.”

Me: I knew it! A cold is easy to know when we got it, but cancer is not easy to know when we got it. I am so glad that I don’t have to think of this question anymore.

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Yesterday, I had a fabulous day at the BBQ party at my friends (Shinako-san & Bob) ’s house.

I’ve finished my summer day perfectly! My “present perfect” was on the 4th, Sunday. My last summer day was perfect!!!

Shinako-san & Bob have a beautiful house in Ladera Ranch. Shinako-san is a great cook and they have wonderful friends. I had a wonder…

#155- Lost in English... (Yoko and the Apartment part 2)

I am a perfectionist, but my English is not perfect yet.

Especially, the “present perfect” (Japanese grammar don’t have “present perfect”) is trouble for me sometimes.

People say, “I got a cold” but, people don’t say, “I got cancer”. Right? Why??? Why??? Why???

People say, “I’ve got a cold” and “I’ve got cancer”. Also, people say, “I have a cold” and “I have cancer”.

So, “I got a cold” is correct grammar, and “I got cancer” is incorrect grammar??? Why??? Why people can’t say, “I got cancer”???

Because…people can feel the moment of “I got a cold”, but people can’t feel the moment of “I got cancer”...this is the reason for the incorrect grammar of “I got cancer”?

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English grammar & words confuse me sometimes.

Today, I made confuse my apartment manager.

When I found that my rent is wrong amount on the web (my apartment web page), I went to the leasing office (down stairs) to talk to my apartment manager.

The manager wasn’t there, so I talked to the assistant man…

#154- Wood=Jewelry ‘Lydia Marcos Designs (LMD)’

The other day, my special friend M wrote me a sweet message, “i just looove being around you”. Sometimes my friends tell me, “You have such a positive power! I am happy when I am around you.” I really appreciate that I have wonderful friends who make me happy and I am glad that I can make my friends happy as well.

And I really appreciate my flowers and jewelries. The secret of my positive power is from fresh flowers and beautiful jewelries. I am producing my positive & happy power from flowers and jewelries everyday.

Flower: I always have flowers at home (in every room). Flowers make me so happy and protect me like a lucky charm. They bring me such a positive power.

Jewelry: Diamond, Pink Sapphire, Orange Sapphire, Chalcedony, Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Garnet, Rose quartz…they make me so happy and bring me such a positive power like flowers. Especially, every night before I go to bed, I pick three jewelries of the night (my lucky number is 3) and display them on the bedside tabl…

#153- At the Kingpins Show

FASHIONABLY LATE is not for me. I am always PROFESSIONALLY FORWARD or on time for everything/everywhere.

This morning, I got at the Kingpins Show at 9:25am, instead of 10:00am. I wanted to relax before my work (interview people for my article for Senken-Shimbun / major Japanese fashion trade newspaper), so I left my home half an hour early and sat & waited & prepared for meeting/interviewing people at the entrance at the show.

Within 7 hours, I talked with 27 people (includes chat with five people during my one hour lunch time) and I got hand muscle ache (because of writing notes all day)& hip muscle ache (because of standing all day). I had a great day as usual. Being a writer is my lifework. I love what I do everyday.

By the way, the Kingpins Show is boutique global denim and jeans supply chain show. (I can’t write details about this show in my today’s blog, because I am going to write an article about this show in Senken-Shimbun this week.)

But, I can share what I saw,…

#152- Yoko and the Apartment

Too much sex these days…I mean, I have been watching my DVDs (season 1-3 are video tapes and all the rest are DVDs) of TV series “Sex and the City”. I am doing marathon for 94 episodes and I feel like there are four best friends at my home (in front of my couch) everyday.

My past life, my current life and, maybe my future are all in “Sex and the City”.

“Oh…I’ve been there”, “Yeah, me too!”, “Yes, I’ve done that too…”, “Oh…I agree with you!!!”…cry, laugh, laugh, cry, and laugh…I have been enjoying myself at home with many cute & fun episodes…then, on last Thursday…the nightmare (actually, it happened in the morning at 6:50am) came to my life AGAIN (if you want to know about my other nightmares, read my old posts on June 24, 2011, Jan 23, 2011, Dec 26, 2010, etc)…!

My neighbor (who lives above me, Mr. #3**, please read the ending of my last post)’s shower water came to my bathroom’s floor. Hello Mr. #3***. F*** you again :) Do I have to hear from Mr. #3**, “You wish” like Samantha…

#151- Are you nuts? (Yes, I am)

When I bought a car 10 years ago, I didn’t deal with a regular car salesman. I made a deal with a fleet manager, because I didn’t want to purchase a car which some customers touched or tried. And a fleet manager has a power, so I made a great discount deal without a nasty negotiation.

The fleet manager told me, “we just got 20 cars this morning, you can inspect and choose your car from here!” Yes, I got a perfect one at the time, and my car still looks like a brand-new car :)

(By the way, in Japan, they don’t sell a brand-new car which customers touched or tried.)

Anyway, I always check or inspect the product before and after shopping (check twice).

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Low standard:

At the Ta****, I bought a DVD of “The September Issue” (I usually don’t purchase CD,DVD or book at the Ta****, but it was $10, so I just got it). It was mistake!!! There was a small hole on the package of the DVD. NO WAY!!!

So, I went back to the Ta**** and I returned the DVD (mine was the only one good condition on the…

#150- L.A. Fashion market week + Sushi = Happy work week

Walk, Talk and Laugh:

This week, during the L.A. fashion market week in downtown L.A., as usual I walked, talked and laughed a lot. I went to many trade shows (Select, Transit, Focus, D&A and Star Trade Show), fashion shows and showrooms.

I talked with Joanne (who is a vice president of California Market Center), Audrey (who is a PR person at the California Market Center), Yukiko-san (who is a president of Beagle House), Barbara (who is a co-owner of trade show, D&A ), Neely (who is my great friend and a fashion director), Toshi-san & Hitoshi-san (of premium hats company, River up), Liza (who is an owner of the showroom, Liza Stewart at California Market Center), Tony-san (who is my great friend and a president of Jameric Japan Inc. / Tony-san made True Religion big trend in Japan and he has many projects at this time), Karen (who is a vice president of Ron Robinson at Fred Segal) and many more (my articles are not on the paper, Senken-newspaper yet, so I can’t write detai…

#149- Angela Lindvall on Numero TOKYO July/August 2011 issue

On April 17th, I was at the house of Angela Lindvall who is a super model & actress in Los Angeles. That day, I was still in shock about the disaster in Japan (Japan earthquake and tsunami), but I had a great time with her and shooting crew (from France and N.Y.) of Numero TOKYO.

I really felt that Angela is a beautiful (inside and out) and a down to earth person. She asked me, “How is your family in Japan (regarding the disaster in Japan)?” She is so nice and sweet to ask me about it. Her children are so cute!!! I was so happy on the way back in my car, to remind of their sweet & cute smile faces (see magazine, Numero TOKYO).

So peaceful! Her house (7 acre) has 60 fruits trees (orange, lemon, plum, cherry, guava, avocado, pineapple, almond, fig, apple, etc), a farm (there are 10 kinds of organic vegetables) and many flowers. There were bird’s sounds and the fresh smell of spring. I felt so peace and positive energy at her house.

The interview with Angela was for a cover girl …

#148- 2011 is…

I believe in miracles.

So, I didn’t believe that May 21, 2011 was the end of the world (Apocalypse 2011) and I also don’t believe that the world will end on December 22, 2012/or 2015 (2012 Story).

I believe only good things and I believe that we will have many miracles for a long time.

Today, I have received a nice email from my friend, Amy. She wrote me three miracles news, so I would like to share this lucky news with you.

Lucky News 1: This year (2011), July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called Money Bags. We will have the money luck. Yeah!

Lucky News 2: This year (2011), we are going to experience four unusual dates. 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11. #1 is always good, right?

Lucky News 3: Take the last two digits of the year in which you were born – now add the age you will be this year (2011). The results will be 111 for everyone in whole world. What a miracle thing!

Yes, 2011, this is the year of the Money!!! Sounds grea…

#147- On Mother’s Day

******** Mother

Mother’s Day is coming soon…

I am thinking of people who recently lost a mother or children, especially I am thinking of people who recently lost their loved ones in the disaster areas (earthquake and tsunami areas in Japan / tornado areas in U.S.A.).

And I am thinking of people who don’t have a mother for long time or never met a mother.

Even though, Osama bin Laden (who was killed yesterday) was a bad guy (we don’t know for sure that he was a bad person), I am thinking of his mother…

I wish happiness for those people.


******** Life

Everyone knows that life is precious, but many people kill each other in this world. Why?

Last night, when I was watching CNN (reporting the death of Osama bin Laden) and I saw many people were cheering and celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, I was so sad to see those people on TV.

How could people celebrate Osama bin Laden’s death? He has family and some people are crying for his death.

No matter what, we shouldn’t celebrate someone…

#146- At the Easter dinner party

*** Time goes by fast.

It’s Easter already.

Last year, I was at my special friend, Keasha’ mom (Galia)’s house for Easter dinner party, and a magnitude 7.2 BAJA earthquake hit us in the afternoon.

Today, I was at Keasha & John’s house for Easter dinner party. I very appreciate that Keasha always includes me in her family events. I feel very honor to be in her family events.

Especially, around this kind of time (during the hard time for Japan disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crises), I am very glad to be with them.

Since March 11th, I have not been going out (except for work/magazine shooting & interviews) and I have been trying to stay at home (actually, my friend, Emi-san visited me for tea the other day), because I would like to respect people in Japan and mourning them who passed away in Japan disaster.

In Japan, our custom (Japanese custom) have a memorial service (Buddhist service) held on the forty-ninth day after a person's death, because the forty-nine …

#145- Thank you for your support for Japan disaster

I really realized that “a friend in need is a friend indeed” and I see and feel the “human nature” from people around me and people in the world.

During this kind of time, we always see each other “what kind of the person?”


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I would like to say…

Thank you very much for people who really care and support for Japan disaster (Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami).

At this time (by March 23, 2011 18:00pm in Japan), Japan got sympathy messages and expressions of solidarity from 228 countries (includes regions and international organizations) and supports from all over the world.

As I am Japanese, I can’t thank you enough for people in the world. Thank you very much for your sweet support and sweet words.

I really appreciate that Japan has received the rescue workers, search dogs, nuclear power experts, food, medical supplies, blankets, and other supplies.

Especially, I really appreciate for the big help from U.S.A. and the special support for the nuclear disaster from Franc…