Saturday, January 21, 2012

#165- An amazing baby shower!

Between “Jet lag (I got back from Tokyo, Japan 10 days ago)” and “L.A. Fashion Market Week (interviewed fashion designers, showroom owners, and trade show directors etc / talked with friends / dinner with friends / wrote an article for Senken-newspaper)”, I shopped at the BabiesRUS and prepared for my friend, Keasha’s baby shower on the 21st, Saturday afternoon.


On Saturday, 21st, in the morning:

I was almost going to tweet, “Shower rain (we had rain in this morning) + Baby shower = Happy Saturday :)… but, the sunshine showed in the sky.

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In the afternoon at Galia(Keasha’s mom)’s house:

It was an amazing baby shower. There were a lot of foods!!!

Yes, food is most important key of my happiness!

I said to Ms. C (Keasha’s relative), “Wow…I didn’t expect to have a dinner! The baby shower has usually finger food, cake and tea. OMG…it looks like the Thanksgiving dinner!!!”

Ms. C: Ahhaha! Black baby shower is different from the white people’s baby shower.Black people will have a lot of food at baby showers, parties, gatherings, etc.

Me: I had a big brunch at home… but I am glad that I can eat anytime, anywhere!

Ms. C: You are so funny! and you eat a lot huh! You're a fat lady in a small lady's body!

Me: Oh…what a nice compliment! Thank you! You too, you are funny! Let’s write a funny sitcom script together!!!

Ms. C: Let’s do it!!!

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Working like an assistant of hostess (Galia):

Galia asked me to do the important job at the party. “Ask people sign the name and their home address for the guest book.”

It was fun that I walked around and talked with people (Keasha and Galia’s friend and relatives).

One of the women (of course, woman, because this party is only for women!) asked me, “Are you an owner of this house?”

Me: I wish! This house is Galia's, the mother of Keasha. I am a friend of Keasha!

I guess, I acted like an owner of the house, huh! I guess, Ms. C was right, “I have a BIG BLACK WOMAN in me…!”

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Dinner time:

Some games later (I can’t explain about games, because I was too busy with the guest book), we had a dinner!

Oh…Before the dinner, we (37 people) held our hands and Rev. June Gatlin (Keasha’s friend. She was the spiritual advisor for Michael Jackson) gave the speech / prayer. I was next to her (lucky me!) and I felt great energy from her.

The food was amazing! Buffet style food (from the special place which Galia ordered) was like a five star hotel buffet. Salmon, Chicken, Red bean’s rice, Yellow rice (I forgot the name of the rice), Beans, Steam Vegetable, Plantain (Soooooo Gooooood! My favorite!), Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Salad, Fried Bread, Couscous, Pasta Salad, Deviled Eggs (Galia’s deviled eggs are the best!).

I think I forgot something to write in here… Today’s food in my food diary was just “Baby shower’s buffet” (Easy to write! But… it was not good for my diet…because I can't say how much I ate…!).

Oh…I remember, Mama (my mom) always says, “If you eat with happy mood, you are not going to gain weight. Enjoy your food!”.

Yes, Mama, I enjoyed today’s food :)

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Opening gifts time:

35 guests brought many cute gifts. It was fun to watch that Keasha was opening gifts, and it was nice to hear each guest’s card's message (Keasha's friend, Ms. L was reading each card.)

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The last part:

Cute cup cakes… yes, food is the most important for life :)

Brown and blue were the theme color for this baby shower. Brown and blue balloons were everywhere and brown & blue cup cakes were in our stomach. It was an amazing party for Keasha and her baby (she will have a baby boy in March).

Keasha’s son (age 6) said, “Mommy, your tummy is like a big fat meatball!”… Keasha is a very skinny beautiful woman and she is fat just in her stomach area at this time. Keasha is so beautiful inside and out. I am so happy to have her as my special friend.

I wish she will have a wonderful time with her new born baby boy.

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At the door:

I got a bottle of blue chocolates with brown color ribbon. A cute gift!

Happy & Love energy were everywhere. It was a perfect party for a perfect friend.


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
January 20, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

#164- Japan is doing well!

Happy New Year to everyone!

I had a great vacation in Japan for 40 days until yesterday. Especially, I had a personal driver (my younger brother), two personal chefs (my mom and my younger brother), a house keeper (my mom), an ATM machine (my mom and my younger brother gave me cash, and they spent a lot of money on me), and a tour guide (my younger brother).

As you know, Japan is still in radiation dangers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, but I didn't feel scare of it, and I ate a lot of food from Japan.

When I stepped into the land of Japan, I totally forgot about radiation dangers. My stomach (I love sushi and meat!) beat my brain (to be honest, I was afraid of radiation before I leave for Japan, and I didn’t want to eat sushi or meat from Japan).

I ate sushi (and sashimi / raw fish), rice (Japanese rice is the best!!!), bread (Japanese bread is the best as well), vegetable, meat, fish… seafood pizza, hamburger steak (similar to meatloaf), okonomiyaki (a Japanese pancake containing a variety of ingredients / seafood, meat, vegetable etc), shabu shabu (a Japanese variant of hot pot), nabe (varieties of Japanese steamboat dishes)…everything was sooooooo goooooood!

One apple is $4, one piece of chicken breast leg is $15, and one melon is $40. (Every Japanese super market is like the “Gelson’s” in Japan!) Food is pricy in Japan, but they are so tasty.

Highlights of my vacation #1: We (with my mom and my younger brother) stayed at the Oiso Long Beach Prince Hotel for 5 nights, and we enjoyed ocean view room, onsen (hot springs), seafood (sushi and sashimi / raw fish). My skin is like a silk, because onsen makes smooth skin.

Highlights of my vacation #2: We (with my mom and my younger brother) had a great day in Nikko. Especially, we had a great time at the Rinnoji (Rinnoji is Nikko's most important temple. It was founded by Shodo Shonin, the Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Nikko in the 8th century). Main hall (The Sanbutsudo Hall) is currently undergoing major renovation works, which are scheduled to last until March 2021. During this period, the temple hall is covered by a huge scaffolding structure, but it remains open to tourists. We saw the view of renovation works (each floor / 1st -7th floor) and nice view of Nikko from the top of temple (We could see this view at this special period. We saw the view from the top of the temple!).

Highlights of my vacation #3: We ate and laughed so much (at my mom & my younger brother’s house in Tokyo).


You know what? Japan is doing well! I am very glad to see beautiful and wonderful Japan.

At the passport control and immigrant counter at LAX:

The officer: What did you do in Japan?

Me: Vacation for 40 days! I ate so many food and I gained weight (4 pounds!)!

The officer: I think Japanese food is not fattening.

Me: Not for me. I ate too much, so I need to diet as soon as possible!

The officer: Aha ha ha!


You know what? This kind of conversation is not going to happen at the passport control and immigrant counter in Japan.

I am glad to come home in L.A.!


I hope you had a great holiday season as well.

Have a wonderful 2012 :)

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
January 11, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto