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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#198- See you next Tuesday… what?

The other night, I was catching up with my friend on the phone.

We talked for three hours… about the Connecticut elementary school massacre, holiday plans, her life, my life, etc…
When I mentioned how difficult to write in English and I told her that “I didn’t understand what my friends said on Facebook… I really need to study hard…” , she told me that “your English is fine. I might don’t understand what your friends said on Facebook either.” She is always sweet and kind.
Me: Really?
She: Really!
Me: But, the other day, I couldn’t translate the conversation on Seinfeld into Japanese…
She: No worries. The show is hard to understand sometimes, because they talk fast.
Me: Yeah? But the translation was on the paper… they don’t talk fast on the paper… I totally didn’t get what they are talking about…
She: You are fine, don’t worry.
Me: Yeah? How about “See you Tuesday” on Sex and the City episode. Even though simple words, “see” “you” “Tuesday”… I didn’t get it…
She: What? Which episode?
Me: Do you r…

#197- Thank you 2012

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Thank you for reading my blog. People in United States, Japan, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Greece, Ukraine, Israel, Russia, Canada, Australia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Philippine, Iraq and Saudi Arabia are reading my blog. I wish I could see you all to say THANK YOU.

[H] Happiness…What do you think about it? “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” by Albert Schweitzer… I like his quote. I love what I am doing and I am so glad that you are reading my writings. THANK YOU to all of you.

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Andy Warhol said, “People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly.” 2012 is almost over… How was your 2012? My 2012 was wonderful, even though I had many ups and downs. THANK YOU 2012.

[N] Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” I agree with him.…

#196- My Thanksgiving Day

Tonight, when I came home, I took all my clothing off right away and I weighed myself on the scale. I gained 2 pounds from this morning. It’s good number after the Thanksgiving dinner. I am relieved to see this number… I ate slowly, enjoyed conversation and laughed so hard…so the calories of turkey & pie went to somewhere else :)

Thanksgiving dinner was fun at my friend, Suzy (Ms. Suzy Sachs / a producer ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0755194/ )’s house.
Here are some episodes from today.
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Episode #1: Do I need iPhone…?
I always get lost, because I am usually having fun in my car (listening music or singing songs or thinking about food or doing something I like).
Today, I decided to myself… “I am trying to be fashionably late” (as I am the punctually Japanese, I am always somewhere too early)... Last time, I was too early at Suzy’s house… That’s why I was trying to be fashionably late.
Suzy’s house is 25 miles (30 minutes) away from my place. She told me, “Come to my house at 2:00pm”.
Ok…

#195- Time of gratitude

How often do you remember to express your gratitude to yourself?

Once in a while, I read my note and remind myself to feel gratitude & my soul.
I would like to share my list of my gratitude with you.
#1-I have a life.
#2-I can feel love.
#3-I have a great family (my mother and my brother).
#4-I have a lot of great memories of my late father.
#5-I have nice relatives, so I don’t need to worry about my mother and my brother in Japan.
#6-I have many great friends.
#7-I have a nice place to live.
#8-I can eat a lot of delicious food.
#9-I have a great career and job.
#10-I have a great business sense and I can do many things.
#11-I am very healthy.
#12-I have enough money to live.
#13-I have a talent of writing.
#14-I have a heart of gold (Do you remember? This year & next year FENG SHUI LUCKY COLOR is gold!).
#15-I have a bright personality.
#16-I am a quick thinker and funny (I hope people think this way too :) ).
#17-I can speak Japanese and English.
#18-I have a space (mind & place) to decora…

#194- Who are you? Who am I?

I shouldn’t open my door, but I don’t know why I opened it…

A stranger knocked on my front door at my Hollywood Apartment.
He told me, “You left me.”
Me: What? Who are you?
He: Who am I? You don’t remember me?
Me: No. You’ve got a wrong number… I mean you’ve got a wrong apartment.
He: Here is my name (he showed me his business card).
Me: I am so sorry, I really don’t know you. You’ve got a wrong person.
He: We were 8 years old, and you suddenly left me.
Me: OMG…
He: You were mad at me, and you left me.
Me: Ah aha ha… sounds like me…no…I mean…please don’t take it personally, when I was in elementary school, I moved 6 times due to my father’s business. So, I guess, I just had to leave the school right away. How did you find me???
He: Facebook.
(In my mind, I was thinking… how I can close my door as soon as possible…)
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This is my dream from last night. I woke up around 1:00am… so I wrote about this dream in my dream note book.

Now I remember… I saw a dream a couple of days ago (I didn’t write it down…

#193- Spring/Summer 2013 L.A. is here!

The other day, my article for Senken-Shimbun (The major fashion trade newspaper in Japan. Similar to WWD and California Apparel News) regarding Spring/Summer 2013 L.A. Fashion Market Week came out, so now I can write about it in my blog.

Three words for it… “Words for everything”.
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#1: Creative words always make people happy

David Long is a very creative & fun guy. He is my favorite T-shirts guy :)
Happily Ever After is so Once Upon A Time
Fuck Luck
What the Fuck Have You DoneLove is a drug
You’re in my inappropriate Thoughts
Lack of Passion is Fatal
I only chase drinks and dreams
Likers gonna like
These words from David are for T-shirts & hoodies of “LoveLAnd”. He has other brands, such as “The RED The WHITE The BLUE”, “Oil of LA” and “Washmill”.
David is a former fashion director for DNR (Men’s fashion newspaper). It makes sense that he is genius for words.
I am still wearing the T-shirts, “LOVE IS IN FASHION” by David (by Dirtee Hollywood). This pink T-shirts is always front row in my…

#192- Thinking of Japan…

Always…Around this time, I am thinking of Japan a lot, because my late father’s memorial day is on November 22…, and I am usually busy preparing for my winter vacation in Japan (I spend one month vacation, Christmas and New Year in Japan every year).

But, I am not going to have a vacation in Japan this year… But + Anyway, I am still thinking of Japan a lot...
For us (Japanese people), the season of fall is a special time for food, books and sports. We enjoy “Eat Play Read” in fall. Sounds like Thanksgiving in U.S. right?
October 27 through November 9 is the “Reading Week”, and November 3 is the “Day of Culture / Culture Day” in Japan.
*** And I found out about that…from this year 2012, Japanese government established November 1 as the “Day of the Classics / Classic Day (Koten No Hi)”, an anniversary to the “classics”, a wide range of arts, such as literature, music, fine art, performance art, and philosophy.
While it is not a public holiday, various forums and symposiums were held for thi…

#191- A sense of failure or A sense of success?

The other day, I was very happy to hear about the news that Shinya Yamanaka, the Kyoto University professor, won this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine for developing induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that can differentiate into various organs and tissues.

"The more you fail, the more opportunities will come your way. So while you're still young, make many mistakes and suffer setbacks", Nobel Prize laureate Shinya Yamanaka said at a forum organized by The Yomiuri Shimbun (Japanese major newspaper) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Meguro Ward, Tokyo on last Friday.
He also spoke about his belief in younger generations, "You'll find success after failing about 90 percent of the time. It's the same in life and experiments. I can say this based on experience. Making a lot of mistakes when you're young is nothing to be ashamed about."
I agree with him, and I also think that it doesn’t matter about our age. "Anything is possible" in anyt…

#190- How many things do you have at home?

Ms. D (Taiwanese friend) always laughs and says (When I say “I don’t have time to talk on the phone right now, because I am cleaning my home”) to me, “Again, you are cleaning? Your home is always organized and clean, you don’t need to clean so often!”

The maintenance guy of my apartment building said to me the other day, “Your room is the most cleanest of 263 unites!” (Yes, I treat everything like myself. I don’t have any scratches on my door & wall, I treat my floor is like my face, I use book covers for my books / my books always look brand-new, etc…!)
Mr. T (my old boyfriend) said to me once, “Your book shelves are so organized and it looks much better than a book store!”
Mr. X (my old old friend, I forgot his name, but I remember his comments) said to me once, “Your things are everything so brand-new. You don’t have anything old huh? ” No… he was wrong, my couch is 14 years old, but it looks brand-new. You know why? I just treat things like myself, I take care of my things carefu…

#189- Creative + Smart People have a Creative + Happy Life :)

Tonight, Ms. Suzy Sachs / a producer ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0755194/ ) invited me to her house for her family dinner.

She is a very creative person and her husband, Hunington (A successful lawyer, and he has so many “professional” hobbies) is also a creative person.

What a powerful + great married couple.

Their house is very stylish and Suzy has a great taste for interior etc. They have a great taste of life, especially they are great at cook!

Suzy said, “The combination of the flavors; sweet, sour, salty and savory... It's like magic in your mouth. : ) ”

Sounds like a real life… Sweet, Sour, Salty and Savory…!

The dinner menu was: Homemade mango ice tea, Vietnamese style dishes / Wrap with mesclun (from their garden) + #1- Crispy rice cake & fresh mint with garlic ginger chile sauce, #2- Squid with lime garlic chile sauce, #3- Spicy turkey ground meat, #4- Bean sprouts, #5- Carrot & Radish, Homemade beer, and Vanilla ice cream & Mango sherbet with cookie &…

#188- Nightmare…!

Nightmare is bad?

#1- I was watching the Chinese airplane (I read Chinese character on the airplane) over my head, then the airplane crashed into the place where is next to my room (I live in the corner of the building)…! I was trying to help them. I was calling, calling, calling…!

#2- Two housebreaker burglars broke into my room, then they told me, “If you escape or make noise, we will kill you. Be quiet! ”… but two guys went to my bed room and they were displaying my jewelry on my wall, it seemed like they were making a boutique in my bed room. So I thought I can escape from them! And I opened the front door, then my neighbor was there, so I told her “I am in danger”, but the burglar came after me… so I ran, ran, ran…and suddenly the building was not my apartment… it was a castle… I was in the castle! And I was running, running, running…!

#3- I was in the dormitory and I was sitting in the chair, then a cute guy smiled at me, so I smiled at him too. Then I heard the beautiful voice…

#187- 90027

Between the deadline and the deadline, I had a great lunch time with Kimberly (my sweet, sweet friend) at her home office today.

Kimberly wrote me an email a couple of weeks ago…. “HELLO Ladybug!!! I'm now your neighbor, so I was thinking we should get together and catch up. Do you want to come by or I can visit with you?”

Me: I wanna see your new place :)

Kimberly: Lunch? x

Me: Let's do :) I will bring something!

Kimberly: You bring your smile :) 12pm ok? x

Me: 12:00pm is great :) Let me know where you are. x

Kimberly: ******** LA CA 90027 *buzz top black box x

Me: Wow, same zip code :) I will bring my famous sandwiches for us :)

Kimberly: YUM, ok I'll have very simple salad or soup.

Me: I look forward to seeing you!


[This morning…]

Kimberly: Sorry my intern D*** will be with us. I'll share my sandwich :)

Me: I can make some extra then :) xoxo

Kimberly: So sweet! x


I like Kimberly very much, because she is always sweet. Who could say always, “You bring your smile :) ”…

#186- Dear Anne Frank

Opening sentence:

What is your favorite book?

How did you find your favorite book?

Today, I read a newspaper (Asahi Shimbun) column about the special book fair at Books Kinokuniya in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan (this book store is my favorite book store in Tokyo).

Books Kinokuniya lets customers choosing the book which customers like the opening sentence from 100 novels. The books are wrapped by the paper and the opening sentence is on the paper.

How wonderful idea is that we can choose a book by romantic and mysterious way.

The opening sentence is like an invitation message to me to a wonderful world from the author. If I feel good energy, passion and destiny from the opening sentence, I always enjoy it until the end.

A book is like a person. If I feel good energy, passion and destiny from the book, the book will be my great friend and I always enjoy with it. Meeting a person = Opening a book. Exciting & fun :)

My inspiration is always right, and I always enjoy with my inspiration as…

#185- Peace vs. War?

After four hours lunch with my friend yesterday, I found out about the news that Ms. Mika Yamamoto, Japanese journalist, killed in Aleppo, Syria (Regime forces kill dozens of rebels).

Yesterday morning, my tweets were “Yes! My weight is 85lbs :) My original weight is back! Eat what I want + My breasts in good shape. Wanna lose weight? YES YOU CAN DO IT too!” and “Today, I am 200% happy :) Oh... and Happy Monday to you :) ”.

Then, my friend wrote me an email, “Yoko!! Happy Monday to you too! I laughed soooo hard when i read what you wrote on twitter today (through fb) about your breasts!! Hahahahahaahaa! Awesome! xxx”.

And I had a great lunch time with the other friend at The Americana at Brand yesterday afternoon.

At first, when I found out about the sad news, I felt so sad & stupid because I was having fun on Monday (working day for regular people) , but the other journalist died for the serious Syria Crisis & her serious career on Monday (same day)…

*******

I have been think…

#184- SEX AND THE CITY is forever

I am in New York, and I feel like… I am Carrie, or I am Samantha, or I am Miranda or I am Charlotte …do you know what I am talking about?

Between London Olympics and L.A. Fashion Market Week (Holiday & Resort 2012 Fashion Market Week starts tomorrow!), I started a marathon of HBO TV drama “SEX AND THE CITY”.

Three words for SEX AND THE CITY… I LOVE YOU.

Each 30 minutes episode (By the way, the movies are not good enough for me / there is my review of “SEX AND THE CITY 2” in my blog on June 8, 2010) is like jewelry to me. A diamond is forever and A “SEX AND THE CITY” is forever as well.

I feel like I am reading all my old diaries or I am having fun with my old good friends. My past life, my present life and my future life (really?) are in SEX AND THE CITY.

Anyway, I will go back to my SEX AND THE CITY time.

By the way, I will go back to L.A. tomorrow for L.A. Fashion Market Week. I am not sure that I will be a Carrie or a Samantha tomorrow. I will keep you posted :)

Have a wonde…

#183- KINGPINS SHOW = HAPPY PEOPLE’S SHOW

This Tuesday & Wednesday, I was at the KINGPINS SHOW (www.kingpinsshow.com  / I wrote about this show in July 26, 2011 in my blog “At the Kingpins Show” / the KINGPINS SHOW is a boutique global denim and jeans supply chain show).

I love KINGPINS SHOW, because the owner of this show Mr. Andrew Olah is the best = this show is the best!

Like attracts like…This word is for this show.

At this KINGPINS SHOW, I always meet great people, find great products & stories and eat great food :)  Yes, great food is the key word for happiness = great life style + good luck.

Attendees are the owners & designers of the major denim companies, and exhibiters are the major denim fabric companies, denim factories etc.

I interviewed with Mr. Andrew Olah (Owner of KINGPINS SHOW), Mr. Toyoo Tashiro (CEO of HOWA), Mr. Shinzo Suzuki (President of Howa Denim-Tech), Mr. Kenshi Kawano (President of Kurabo China), Mr. Yukihisa Ono (TSS CO., LTD.), Ms.Sarina Matsumi (Color de kips), Mr. Ikuma Izutsu (NI…