Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#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 remember, Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress scene? Charlotte was mad at Samantha, and she said to Samantha, “See you Tuesday.”

She: Ok… I am going to google. Oh…you mean, “See you next Tuesday”? I found it!  “See You Next Tuesday” on Urban Dictionary. C: See, U: You, N: Next, T: Tuesday. Oh…My…God… this is very bad word…we usually don’t use this word. Worse than Bitch.

Me: Oh… I have to look up the dictionary for C…what? Could you spell it again?

She: I emailed it to you. Just take a look at it later.


Today is Tuesday. If I say to my friend who invited me to her Christmas brunch on Christmas Day (next Tuesday), ”See you next Tuesday”, does she understand this??? She is an editor/writer… she must know, right?

Then, on Christmas day, if I say to them (my friend’s family & friends), “see you next Tuesday” for New Year’s Day (Jan 1, 2013 is Tuesday!), do they get my joke???

Anyway, enjoy your holidays on Tuesday (Christmas & New Year’s Day)!

Happy Holidays to you :)  XOXO Yoko

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Dec 18, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

#197- Thank you 2012

[T]
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.

[A]
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. In my dictionary, this word doesn’t exist either. THANK YOU higher power.

[K]
Keynes (John Maynard Keynes) said, “The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.” Ok…I will forget about my old ideas in 2012, and I will think about my new ideas for 2013. THANK YOU 2012.

[Y]
Yesterday was the history, tomorrow is the mystery, but today is a gift, that’s why it’s called present…Alice Morse Earle said. “I love to open my present every day”, I said. THANK YOU higher power.

[O]
Once upon a time… I love this phrase…Fairy tales & Folk tales make me happy. My favorite tale is “Aladdin”, and I need a magic right now to see my future or change my future. THANK YOU higher power.

[U]
U.S.A….I am glad that I am still here…Thank you U.S.A. for having me here…!

THANK YOU for everything.

THANK YOU 2012

THANK YOU to all of you :)

 
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Dec 5, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Thursday, November 22, 2012

#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… I left my place at 1:15pm (If I get lost, but I am still good… I thought), and I was having fun with 103.5 FM radio (Holiday music always makes me happy).

I was so happy and enjoying music in my car, and when I got off T Blvd., in my mind, “Great! I will be 5 minutes fashionably late!”… and and and… “Where is M Dr.???”…. I was very careful to see the street sign…“Last time, when I was here, I almost missed M Dr. sign… I have to be careful…”, but but but… “Surf shop??? What???”…  “OMG… I am driving toward to Malibu now”…

So, I called Suzy, and she told me, “I let you to talk with my boy (her 29 year old son) for the direction”… her son told me, “I’m gonna send you a direction”… “Ah… I don’t use iPhone, so I am ok, I’m gonna find M Dr.”… I just went back where I came from… I drove 20 minutes to the sign where I supposed to turn right…

I got Suzy’s house at 2:30pm. 30 minutes late… Can I still say, I am fashionably late?

Anyway, my point is… Do I need iPhone?

I just don’t want to feel like I have to work or return email right away if I have iPhone. I just need to feel free spirits, but I have too much free spirits to get lost… I should get iPhone to have…??? Oops, I got lost here…

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Episode #2: Do I need a dictionary to play?

A shirley temple with some appetizers (Cheese, Crackers, Prosciutto, Salami, Apple pie)… I joined their game… TABOO GAME.

16 year old girl (Suzy’s daughter), 27 year old boy (Suzy’s son), 29 year old boy (Suzy’s twin son), 29 year old boy (Suzy’s twin son), 29 year old boy (Suzy’s twin son’s friend), 29 year old girl (Suzy’s sister), 29 year old boy (Suzy’s sister’s fiance) and 48 year old girl (Me!)…

At first, I said to them, “Oh… I’m gonna watch you guys”… then…Suzy’s twin son’s friend was so sweet, he told me, “I will help you”… so I played the TABOO GAME with them…

Most of the words, Suzy’s twin son’s friend helped me, but a couple of words, I made it by myself.

“Dove”… I said, “A chocolate brand name”, then someone got it.

“Allergy” … I said, “Someone have trouble with food”, then someone got it.

‘Tuxedo”… I said, “Men’s clothing. Match with a white dress”, then someone got it.

It was fun, and I lost a lot of calories to think about these words…It was a perfect game for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Episode #3: What a wonderful meal!

Smoked turkey (Wow…Speech less… I kept saying, “Hummmmm!!!”)

Regular gravy & Wine gravy

Cranberry sauce (OMG…Suzy did a great job! Soooooooo gooooooood!)

Stuffing (I usually don’t like it, but her stuffing was delicious! Taste like a meatloaf.)

Candies yams (My favorite!!! Soooooooo sweet, Soooooooo good!)

Mashed Potatoes

Brussels sprouts with bacon (Wow…delicious! I asked the name of this dish so many times… Is this correct spelling???)

Pumpkin Pie with whip cream (Very healthy pie!)

Key lime Pie with whip cream (Very delicious pie!)

Homemade Pumpkin beer (Wow…So Thanksgiving beer. Soooooooo tasty!)

 
OMG… the turkey was so amazing! The best turkey I have ever eaten in my life. So soft and moist. Soooooooo delicious!!!

Suzy & Hunington (Suzy’s husband / his blog at http://huningtonsachsbrauerei.blogspot.com/ ) soaked turkey in beer for two days and smoked for 8 hours. Wow!

And again (If you want to know about his homemade beer story, read my old post on Sept 23, 2012 or click at http://yokofujimoto.blogspot.com/2012/09/creative-smart-people-have-creative.html) , Hunington’s homemade beer, Pumpkin beer was soooooooo good!!!

I had a glass of beer, and I couldn’t finish a bottle, so I told Hunington, “Please have some more”, and I poured beer to his glass like a GEISHA GIRL… OMG… too many bubbles… I spilled beer on the table…Oops!

Hunington said to me, “There are a lot of sugar than regular beer, so that’s why many bubbles”.

Suzy’s twin son’s friend said to me, “You can’t be a cocktail waitress! ”

Ha ha ha…I can be a geisha girl, but I can’t be a cocktail waitress for sure :)

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When I left the house, Suzy and Hunington were so sweet, they made me two lunch boxes (one dinner box & one dessert box).

Yes, I will enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner menu tomorrow again :)

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Moreover… I can’t believe it…I made a mistake when I entered the freeway… When I saw the 101S sign… I suddenly turned right…It was too fast at this time…I entered the shopping center…the freeway was next door…Ok… I really need iPhone or someone in my car (or the Navigator)…

Even though, I missed the entrance of the freeway, I came home within 30 minutes…

It was perfect Thanksgiving dinner.

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving dinner too.

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By the way…

Yesterday (the 22nd in Japan) & Today (the 22nd in U.S.), I decorated my late  father’s photo, yellow daisy flowers, many candles, incense, water, some Japanese persimmons and some chocolates (my father’s favorite) on the table as a memorial service for my late father’s memorial day.

He is watching me and smiles on me…I feel him sometimes… I am very appreciating that I could feel his love.

I am always happy, because I always feel love around me. I hope you feel the same way.

Around this time, holiday music is everywhere… I really feel love from it too.

Happy Holidays to you :)

 
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Nov 22, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Sunday, November 18, 2012

#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 decorate flowers in my home.

#19-I have a car and enough clothing, furniture, books, computer, TV, CD, DVD…things for my daily life.

#20-I have enough money in Japan as well.

#21-I have a reliable house with my mother & my brother in Japan.

#22-I have a free fitness center at my apartment (Oops, lately I haven’t been there…but my weight is 83lbs and I am in good shape :) ).

#23-I feel beautiful.


How about you? How do you feel gratitude for things?

Happy Thanksgiving!  Love, Yoko

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Nov 18, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Thursday, November 15, 2012

#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 to my dream note book, because it wasn’t a story, just a piece of images)… After the graduation ceremony of a school, I had to say good-bye to someone at school, and I was looking for him, but I couldn’t find him. I thought I was on the 3rd floor… but it was the 4th floor (it was a hospital floor… it seems like, I was in “Grey’s Anatomy”).

Is this a nightmare or a good dream? I can’t figure it out…good or bad…

It seems like… I am watching a series of dreams… I can’t wait for tonight to see other dream…!

I guess… I watched too much “666 Park Avenue”…

Or…I already miss “Gossip Girl” (this season is the last one)… “Who am I? That’s one secret I’ll never tell ... You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl”…

To be continued… I know you love me. XOXO, Yoko :)

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Nov 15, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Monday, November 5, 2012

#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 Done   Love 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 closet. And I am sure that the “LoveLAnd” will be my next T-shirts collection :)

If you want to know more fun & funny words from David, ask Kimberly (she is the PR person, see below).

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#2: Sweet words always make people happy

“You are so our angel!!! ”

My friend, Kimberly Goodnight always says to me.

She is the one who is my angel. She always gives me (helps me) great information for my article and introduce me to many nice fashion designers in L.A.

During this time, we went to many showrooms, and she gave me some scoops.

Want to know more scoops from her? Visit at her website at www.pureconsultinginfo.com.

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#3: Positive words always make people happy

My favorite bag designer is Beth Goodman of “Marie Turnor”.

It makes sense that Jil Sander copied her bag (one of her bags)… Beth is a really unique & creative designer.

She is working from her home during this economy tough time, she told me that “Nothing to lose. Start small for recession.” She is a very smart woman as well.

You want to see her bags?  Visit at her website at www.marieturnor.com.

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I always send a copy of newspaper/magazine and translate my article into English from Japanese (most of my articles are in Japanese) for people who I interviewed with, because I want to appreciate their time and information for interview. I hope they can use my article as a PR material as well (I hope I can help their business).

Most of the time, I call them to translate my article over the phone (I read my article in English to them) after send copies out.

At this time, I translated my article into English from Japanese here in my blog, so you can enjoy it too (I hope I can help your business or shopping).

By the way, my translation is very rough, so if you have good English, please edit my translation by yourself  :)

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Senken-Shimbun

On November 1, 2012 (in Japan)

 
Spring/Summer 2013 L.A. Fashion Market Week

Fresh denims debut

Accessories & small goods are doing well

 
By Yoko Fujimoto, writer in Los Angeles

 
Spring/Summer 2013 L.A. Fashion Market Week held in Los Angeles Fashion District in Los Angeles, U.S.A. during mid October for four days. At this time, there were five trade shows, at the California Market Center (CMC), SELECT, FOCUS and TRANSIT, at the New Mart, Designers and Agents (D&A) , and at the Cooper Design Space, COEUR. Many buyers are still buying accessories and small goods.

Accessories & small goods trade show, COEUR increases 15% sales every show. Mr.Henri Myers, the co-owner of COEUR explained, “Important stores such as Fred Segal, Ron Herman, Barneys, Isetan, Ships and Beams came to our show. Buyers are looking for products which easy and quick to make profit, so candles and gifts are good too.”

First time exhibitor, “Pura Vida” ’s waxed polyester cord bracelets are $5 (retail price), reasonable price works for buyers, and “fun of colorful and spiritual is the reason for popular for buyers as well.” Inspired by origami, envelopes, paper bags, made in L.A. purse and bags “Marie Turnor” said, “Our signature paper bag style bag copied by the major brand, but I am trying to be positive, and I am listening customer’s voice, that’s why I made larger size bags. I am trying to expand customer’s number. Waxed canvas fabric bag is fresh.”

The vice president of CMC which manages SELECT, Ms. Joanne Lee pointed out, “Accessories and small goods are strong products for recession, and buyers are looking for these products.” “Deepa Gurnani” at this trade show said, “Our annual sales increase 20~30% every year in last 5 years. Kitson, Fred Segal, Neiman Marcus, and some Japanese major stores such as Isetan, Takashimaya, United Arrows, especially Japanese buyers are buying many headbands. Consumers are not buying clothing, and they are trying to make fashionable with accessories, that’s why we are doing well.”

At the D&A, the co-owner Ms. Barbara Kramer said, “Finally, buyers, especially Japanese buyers who want to shop fresh products came back.” The co-owner, Mr.Ed Mandelbaum emphasized, “We are trying to keep as a best trade show, not as a large trade show. We are getting more selective for our exhibitor brands. ” At this trade show, the fresh denims stand out. Made in L.A., Spring 2013 debut denim, “LOREM” is using PU tapes, unique zippers, pokets with vintage style denim and western denim. “3X1” has a color blocking with super stretch color denim. The dip dye product which has beautiful color by “Fluxus” is also fresh.

“LoveLAnd” has also many dip dye products. This brand focuses on made in L.A., and L.A. pop culture concept messages printed on their T-shirts and hoodies. “The RED The WHITE The BLUE” and “Oil of LA” also focus on made in L.A., the owner and designer, Mr. David Long explained, “Make good quality products in U.S.A., this concept is good for many buyers.”

“Belle N. Matisse” also focuses on made in L.A. They appealed, “We use studs-press for collar, and we use many silk and leather. Our collection’s concept is wearing long time without trendy design.”

Ms. Yukiko Kawabata, the president of “Beagle House NY”  which sells Japanese hats and scarfs, exhibited at the SELECT, she revealed, “Even though, accessories & small goods are doing well and our sales are increasing, our sales decline 40% every year in last couple of years, because of the high exchange rate of the yen. It’s very difficult to sell Japanese brands in U.S. at this time.”

Next L.A. Fashion Market Week will start January 14th for four days.

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By the way, I have another scoop for you!

2013 lucky feng shui colors are Orange, Blue and Gold.

French marigold flowers are in my home this week. I feel like, I have already lucky 2013 orange power :)

Anyway, have a great week to you!!!

Love,
Yoko

  

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Nov 5, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Thursday, November 1, 2012

#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.

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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 this day in Tokyo and Kyoto.

As you may know, Kyoto is formerly the imperial capital of Japan (Kyoto is an ancient city with a 1200 year history. It was established as Japan’s capital under the name “Heian-kyo” in the year 794), and the famous Japanese classic novel “The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari)” was born in Kyoto.

In an entry for November 1, 1008 in “The Diary of Lady Murasaki (Murasaki Shikibu Nikki)”, written by the author (Murasaki Shikibu) of the classic “The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari)”, there is a reference to the literary tome. It is the oldest date on which a reference to what is sometimes considered one of the world’s first and greatest novels appears.

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When I read some books of classic Japanese literature, I feel and smell beautiful Japan. The beauty of four seasons in Japan, sensitiveness of Japanese people, smell of the air in Japan… It’s nice to feel my country sometimes…

I heard that the classic essay “An Account of My Hut / The Ten Foot Square (Hōjōki) / by Kamo no Chōmei. Written in 1212, it describes disasters that befall the people of Kyoto from earthquakes to famine and fire” has been widely re-read for Japanese people since March 11, 2011 (Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster).

The opening sentence of “Hōjōki” is famous in Japanese literature as an expression of impermanence (mujō).

“The current of the flowing river does not cease, and yet the water is not the same water as before. The foam that floats on stagnant pools, now vanishing, now forming, never stays the same for long. So, too, it is with the people and dwellings of the world.”

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Do you feel like to read a good book? Why don’t you try some Japanese literature?

Oops… I hope my editors are not reading my blog right now… I have many deadlines by next week… between the deadline and the deadline…And…I am not feeling well today (Sorry, A, I couldn’t take your phone call today, I am really not feeling well and I have many projects)…But… I felt like… I wanted to write this blog/post…I guess, I am a real writer…ha ha ha!

xoxo
Yoko


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Nov 1, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Sunday, October 14, 2012

#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 anytime for anyone with any age.

 
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I love Shinya Yamanaka’s episodes.

 
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#1- Failure is not a bad thing:

Shinya Yamanaka lived his dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon, a man who could heal the injuries of athletes and allow them to return to action. But he was lousy at the job.

Between 1987 and 1989, Yamanaka was a resident in orthopedic surgery at the National Osaka Hospital. His first operation, was removing a benign tumor from his friend Shuichi Hirata, a task he could not complete after one hour, when a skilled surgeon would take ten minutes or so. Some seniors referred to him as "Jamanaka (Yamanaka = Jamanaka)",  "Jama" is a pun on the Japanese word for obstacle.

After this experience, he found his dream job!

 
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#2- Again, failure is not a bad thing:

Yamanaka came up against a wall after he returned (from U.S.A.) to his home country to work at Osaka City University. It was a far cry from the United States, where someone was hired exclusively to take care of the mice.

Between 1996 and 1999, he was an assistant professor at Osaka City University Medical School, but found himself mostly looking after mice in the laboratory, not doing actual research. "Why am I changing mice cages all the time," he asked himself. From a laboratory window, he could see his daughter on her way from school.

He became disinclined to commute to the laboratory. Once an early riser at 6 a.m., he found that he could not leave his bed until 9 a.m.

 
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#3- It’s better to follow your instinct:

His wife, Chika, a dermatologist, became worried. "Why don’t you become a practicing physician," she suggested.

Instead, Yamanaka applied for an assistant professor post at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in 1999. He said he thought about giving up his career as a researcher if he did not get the job. He stated that he could and would clarify the characteristics of embryonic stem cells, and this can-do attitude won him the job.

From 1999–2003, he was an associate professor there, and started the research that would later win him the 2012 Nobel Prize.


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#4- Passion is the key to success:

Kunio Yasuda, former president of the university who sat on the selection committee, recalled that Yamanaka appeared to be someone who accepted challenges while the other applicants mostly chose research topics whose results would become clear in several years.

"To one question, Yamanaka was the only person who not only said he 'can,' but also that he 'will,' Yasuda said. "He was the best applicant in terms of personality and motivation."

Moreover, Yamanaka took part in the 2012 Tokyo Marathon to raise money for iPS research, finishing in 4:03:19.

 
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#5- Love brings happiness and success:

His high school sweetheart is his wife (cute story!), and he is appreciating family’s support for his success. He lost his father, but his step father (who is a doctor) helped his study.

And he also said that he is very happy to bring happy news (2012 Nobel Prize) to his mother (who is 81 years old).


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#6- Gratitude is the key word for everything:

He appreciates Japan and his staff & his family. He is a very humble & sweet guy.

"Not only I, but Japan as a whole, received the prize", and  "I am grateful that the backing from the ministry has promoted the field of research across Japan and led to the winning of the Nobel Prize".

 
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#7- Creative mind works to get people’s attention:

He named "iPS" instead of "induced pluripotent stem cell", because "iPhone" is very popular for people, so he thought "iPS" is a nice name to recognize to people in the world.

He is a very creative & unique thinker.

 
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#8- His goal is for people in the world:

He said in the phone interview with novelprize.org, "I will bring this technology to clinics. I really want to help as many patients as possible. As you may know, I started my career as a surgeon 25 years ago. But it turned out that I am not talented as a surgeon. So I decided to change my career, from clinics to laboratories. But I still feel that I am a doctor, I am a physician, so I really want to help patients. So my goal, all my life, is to bring this technology, stem cell technology to the bedside, to patients, to clinics."

 
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I am thinking about myself…

 
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#1- Failure is not a bad thing:

After I failed the job interview with a president of the advertising company (this company has over 100 years history) in 1985, I wrote an essay and I negotiated with this president and I got a dream job (a female salesperson / at that time, there were a few female salesperson in Japan).


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#2- Again, failure is not a bad thing:

I got a freelance writer job without any experience ( I was a lucky girl!), but I had a "The Devil Wears Prada" moment with a famous chief editor at "anan" (at that time, "anan" was the most stylish fashion magazine in Japan)…

At the same time, "Men’s world" supported me… I mean, I was a freelance writer for "Men’s Club" (similar to GQ) as well.

 
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#3- It’s better to follow my instinct:

I made up my mind to leave Japan… yes, I thought U.S. will be my dream country!

And I got a job at Entrepreneur Magazine as a staff writer!

 
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#4- Passion is the key to success:

I love what I do as a writer.

Even though, after recession, my projects are getting less and less, I appreciate what I have now.

And in my free time, I can write my novels and scripts :) The recession is not bad for me for now.


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#5- Love brings happiness and success:

My mother is a great cheerleader for me.

When I was a reporter for NHK radio show for 6 years, during that time, she always said to me, "You are the best! Your report is the best!".

Even though my novels are not published yet, my mother always says to me, "Your novels are very good! Your writings will make people happy! ".

 
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#6- Gratitude is the key word for everything:  

When I receive a Nobel Prize for literature , my speech will be like this, "I thank you to my mother who always believes in me, and I thank you to my readers in the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

 
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#7- Creative mind works to get people’s attention:

I hope my message will bring happiness and peace in the world…

 
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#8- My goal is for people in the world:

As I wrote a post ("Dear Anne Frank"  (http://yokofujimoto.blogspot.com/2012_08_01_archive.html) , my goal is "I will make many people happy with my writings".

 
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Did I make you happy today? I hope I did :)

Happy every day to you!


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Oct 14, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Monday, October 1, 2012

#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 carefully and appreciative, that’s all.

“I just love to feel clean, because I want to feel good energy.”

After Ms. N (my friend) reads my today’s post, I am sure that she will say to me again, “You are my funniest friend!”

Yesterday, Ms. S (my friend) wrote me an email, “haha. you are funny cleaning machine!!! 2617 stuff. wow. we have crazy amounts of THINGS, huh? : ) ”


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The concept of my life is, “Simple is the best. Keep it simple.”

I agree with Ms. Dominique Loreau (French author who lives in Japan for 30 years). I really agree with her book (L'art de la Simplicite).

Each Japanese people have about 6000 things and each Mongolian people have about 300 things at home. (This info is from this book.)

I am not a material girl… I mean, I usually try not to have many things at home. I love to have a room like a hotel room (they have simple things to relax and sleep).

Even though I use three slippers daily (#1 is for after bath time / my feet are super clean, #2 is for staying at home day / my feet are clean, #3 is for after I come home from outside / my feet are ok clean), I have 2617 things at home!  I guess, this number is very good number for a simple life :)

By the way, I didn’t count magazines & newspapers which I wrote (I count with boxes), and I also didn’t count make-up stuff and medicine stuff (I count with boxes).

It was so nice to count and wipe my stuff, and said “Thank you” to each one.

Sounds crazy? I guess, this is good for Zen (cleaning is for clear mind)… appreciation and cleaning is good for good energy & happiness.

Sometimes I scare people, because I am a perfectionist (this means, do my best!) or I have a little OCD (a little OCD is a great thing, I think) or I am a clean freak… but you know what?  Who cares :)

I just want to feel good and feel happy, that’s all.

How about you?  How many stuff do you have at home?

 
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Oct 1, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Sunday, September 23, 2012

#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 & pecan.

The dinner was perfect delicious!!!

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Homemade beer???

The beer is homebrewed patersbier which is a Belgian style beer.

OMG, it was first time, I tasted a homemade beer. It was sooooooo good!!!

Wow, I am very impressed by Hunington’s hobbies. He has a blog about it at Hunington Sachs Brauerei (http://huningtonsachsbrauerei.blogspot.com/).

Suzy said, “I don't watching TV, so I do as much crafty things as possible. We like to make everything as fresh and homemade as possible everything from craft beers, organic home grown vegetables and herbs, to unique things like charcuterie, dried fruits we put into teas, homemade marmalades like grapefruit marmalade jalapeño and more!”

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Their daughters (Sabine and Hanneke) are beautiful and smart.


Me: I watch “Pretty Little Liars”! Do you watch that?

Sabine (She is 16 years old) : Oh… I watched it once, but the show is for kids.

Me: Oh…the show is my favorite! I am a kid, huh!

She is a smart girl and I enjoyed our conversation.


Hanneke (She is 11 years old) asked me about Japan a lot. She told me she loves Japan.

She showed me her favorite doll from Japan.

I showed her how to write my name in Japanese, and I wrote her name in Japanese.

I felt like we connected to each other and we became friends. I felt like, I am a 12 years old girl :)

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At the table, I liked we prayed before the dinner.

They are messianic Jews.

Most of my great friends are Jewish people. I love them very much, because they work hard and they play hard. They enjoy their life as much as they can. I love that.

I am a spiritual person, but I don’t have a religion. I sometimes I would like to go to the temple or church to feel my GOD… so, like tonight, I felt GOD around me with Suzy & her family.

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After dinner, I became a 48 years old woman again. We (Suzy, Hunington and I) had a great conversation from Food, Japanese pop culture to the Second World War.

Five hours later, they gave me nice gifts (Japanese eggplants from their garden & Homemade loquat jam).

What a wonderful night. Wonderful people + Wonderful food + Wonderful conversation = Wonderful night + Wonderful feelings.


Life is beautiful and Love is around us :)

Happy everyday to you :)

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Sep 23, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Saturday, September 15, 2012

#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 from next to me. The woman’s voice on the phone was so beautiful. She talked with a very sophisticate way and her voice was so comfortable to listen like music. I told her that “You have a nice voice! How did you learn to talk like that?” And I realized that the cute guy stole my bag… I screamed, “I have 600 dollars in my bag!!!”. Then I was crying, crying, crying…!

What a nightmare…! I saw these nightmares in last two weeks.

I keep a dream diary, so I wrote down these dreams in it. And I researched why I saw these nightmares…it was fun to find out :)


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Real nightmare?

#1- I was almost scammed by a script/book agent the other day…!

#2- My computer is so slow…!

#3- I lost *** the other day…!

These nightmares happened in last two weeks.


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But… wait a minute!

#1- I got a new friend who is a very nice guy (Mr. P.T).

#2- I had a nice lunch time with my friend (Ms. K.G).

#3- I had a nice meeting with my friend (Mr. N.S) and the president (Mr. A.F) of Sony Digital Entertainment.

#4- I had a nice meeting with the script writer / director (Mr. R.R).

#5- I had a nice conversation with my friend (Ms. A.E).

Yes, my nice things are more than my nightmares in last two weeks so far…


I appreciate everything around me. Thank you!!!

How is going your weekend? I hope you don’t have a nightmare and you have a lucky thing in your life :)

Happy everyday to you :)


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Sep 15, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

#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 :) ” ?

I really appreciate her friendship.


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Kimberly is an owner of PR company, PUREconsulting (www.pureconsultinginfo.com).

Her home office & showroom is very beautiful and stylish like herself.

Many people want to work with her, because she is a very reliable person. I can trust her anything.

Today, we had my turkey hamburg[er] steak (we, Japanese people eat hamburg[er] steak as a main dish, like a meatloaf) sandwich, my coffee caramel sauce sandwich and her salad.

We had the “SEX AND THE CITY” moments and I really had a nice time with her and her intern today.

And I was a FENG SHUI counselor for her new place, but she has already great FENG SHUI at her place. She didn’t need my help.


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When I got an urgent project last night (the deadline was tonight. Yes, I finished it!), I was almost going to tell her that “can I get a rain check?”, but I didn’t.

Promise is promise (especially, we made our plan long time ago) for me, and I really wanted to see her today.

I managed everything fine today. My feng shui is working as well :)

Great friends make my life colorful. Thank you for all my friends!


How was your day? I hope you had a nice day too :)


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Sep 5, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Monday, August 27, 2012

#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 well.

I wish I could go to Books Kinokuniya in Shinjuku… to find a new friend.

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Eye opening:

My favorite book is “Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl”.

Since I read this book in Junior high school when I was 13 years old, I have been reading this book once in a while. As you know, Anne Frank (June 12, 1929 – early March 1945) was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. She gained international fame posthumously after her diary was published.

Her book led me to be a writer.

I started writing a diary at age 12, but I stopped writing a diary in a week (started on Oct 27, 1976 and stopped on Nov 7, 1976). I don’t know why I started it, and I don’t know why I stopped it.

On April 25, 1977, I read and learned about the book of Anne Frank in a Japanese class, I started writing a diary at home. Since then, I am still writing a diary. Yes, I have been writing a diary for 35 years.

Anne Frank made me “eye-opening” that day (April 25, 1977).

I wrote in my diary on April 25, 1977 (at age 13), “ Today, I read a part of a diary of Anne Frank in a Japanese class. I touched by her writing. I just read a part of her diary, but it moved me. She is only 13 years old, but she is a very inspiring person (same age as me!). She sounds like she knows so many things about life. I am just living my life unintentionally, I am not thinking deep about life. Every day is just passing simply. Now, I am trying to see my life like Anne. My life is not progressing. I am a child and I am not a growing woman yet. Anne had a wonderful life. She had a full of life. Even though she was a Jewish and she had a hard time, she had a positive attitude for her life and she was a happy person. And she wrote a letter to Kitty (wrote a diary) every day. I really want to be a person like her, and I want to learn about life and I want to grow up to be a great human being. Anne passed away at 15 years old, so I want to live my life for her from now on, and I want to be a writer like her. I want to make many people happy like Anne did.”

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Opening my heart:

Dear Anne,

How are you?

Once in a while, I am thinking of you.

You are my inspiration. Your diary made my life change.

I really appreciate you very much.

You gave me so much of energy, joy and passion for life.

I enjoy every moment of my life and I appreciate things, because of you.

You had a dream and your dream (to publish a book / live for long time after you die) came true.

I believe that anything is possible, because of you.

You passed away at age 15, but your soul still alive and you make us happy.

I thank you to you.

Love,
Yoko

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Aug 27, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#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)…

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I have been thinking about peace and war since I heard the sad news.

Why people hate to each other?

Why people kill to each other?

Why people revenge to each other?

Why people are not happy with people who they can’t understand?

Why people can’t or don’t want to get along each other?

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After so many “why”… I really think that happiness is a very simple thing.

Good food (our favorite food!), Good love (feel happy ourselves and make people happy), Good career (feel happy ourselves, help people and make people happy), Good place (to live and play), and Good things (beautiful nature & art & music & TV & films & books & fashion etc) make us very happy.

Happiness is a very simple thing. Don’t you think so?

Why don’t we just have fun each other, and why don’t we stop hating things?

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So I am thinking about people who are doing fight (war)… Why don’t we (Japanese / we are not going to have war anymore / U.S. taught us peace) invite those people and have fun together in Japan? The war will disappear and the peace will arrive.

Eat good food and sleep well, happiness will come to us.

What do you think?

Oh…you know what?  For me, Los Angeles is the best place to live, so they might like L.A. too. Yes!

NO war, and YES peace please :)


P.S. After my big lunch yesterday, my weight is still 85 lbs, I am 200% happy :) Yes, happiness is a very very simple thing…!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Aug 21, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Sunday, August 12, 2012

#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 wonderful new week to you :)


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Aug 12, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Thursday, August 2, 2012

#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 (NICE CORPORATION CO., LTD.), Mr. Yasuhiro Konaka (NAKAJU HIFUKU KOGYO CO., LTD.), Mr. Kohei Takakubo (Rainbow Textiles), Ms. Jean T. & Ms. Rita Ratskoff (INVISTA), Ms. Susan J. Mocarski & Mr. Michael Kininmonth (LENZING FIBERS), Mr. James Lau & Mr. Jack Duan (Advance Denim Co., Ltd.), Ms. Georgianna Lau (MOU FUNG LIMITED), Ms. Irene Lin (FULL BLOSSOM CO., LTD.), Mr. Zeeshan Mehboob (ARTISTIC FABRIC MILLS), Mr. Tony Shibata (President of Jameric Japan Inc.), Mr. Salman A. Moten & Mr. Muhammad Mansoor Bilal (SOORTY), Mr. Meir Barbut & Mr. Emir Eskinazi (RiMAKS), Mr. Tadd Zarubica (TZ Innovations) and Mr. Chris Price (blue farm textile limited).

And, and… I interviewed with Mr. *** (Saitex International). Oh no… I guess I left his business card on his table or I dropped his card on the floor… I can’t find it. I remember that he is from Belgium and I told him that I love Belgium chocolate and he asked me “Are you thirsty”, then he brought sodas for us, then we had soda during we were talking about his products and business. It seems, I lost my mind by Belgium chocolate & I lost his business card… (I was dreaming about the Belgium chocolate!)

During lunch time on Monday, I had a great time with Mr. Mik Serfontaine (Co-founder of Serfontaine). We talked over an hour. He always has great stories and I always enjoy his stories. He will bring the new brand soon (I will get a scoop from him soon!)

On Tuesday, during the lunch, I also had a nice conversation with the manager, Ms. Mila Chan of PANDA CATERING ( www.pandacatering.com  / their food is the best!!! I had chicken sandwich, pasta salad, potato salad and banana pudding on Monday, and I ate two plates of a full Italian buffet on Tuesday. Especially the sun-dried tomato alfredo linguine was amazing!) and Ms. Maria Duman (owner of cappuccino bar catering, Lattes on Location www.latteonlocation.com ). Her cappuccino gave me a lot of energy!

Andrew (the owner of KINGPINS SHOW) knows about the quality of life. He brings the great people & products & food, which means he brings happiness to everyone. He is the best host for trade show. His trade show is the best, and his show is my favorite trade show in L.A.

Last night, I finished writing my article for Senken-Shimbun (the major Japanese fashion trade newspaper, similar to WWD and California Apparel News). I enjoyed writing about Andrew’s business.

I had great two days at KINGPINS SHOW :)

P.S. My friend, Tony-san (my good friend / a president of Jameric Japan Inc. / he is a very famous Japanese denim expert / he made a big trend of True Religion Brand Jeans in Japan etc…) took me to the best yakitori place Kokekokko on Tuesday night (he usually takes me to Sushi Gen, but he took me to a yakitori place that night). I always have fun with his love life stories (he is a very play boy…! Oops…I should stop writing about his stories in my blog… I am going to write about his stories in my novels, instead…ha ha ha…!)


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Aug 2, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto