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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#179- Stylish people + Stylish stuff = Stylish life

Peri Donch (who is a fashion designer of eco fashion brand, PERI / http://www.perithelabel.com/)  invited me to the event at her friend (Laura)’s house for “Clothing/Food/Crafts/Jewelry/Plant SALE!” today.

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon at Laura’s house in Echo Park.

Laura (she has organic food & fashion business / siptea / http://www.siptea.net/)  has a fabulous taste for life style. I enjoyed seeing her artistic stuff at her house.

Laura and Peri have many stylish friends, and I had a great time with them today.

Ms.M (she makes cute & stylish knitted products) talked about how she met her husband and how her parents met each other, her love stories are so romantic like a movie. I felt like, I saw a nice romantic movie today. She is a great story teller.

When I mentioned about the Iced coffee story (we, Japanese people love Iced coffee since more than 20 years ago, but when I came to U.S.A. in 1987, there was no Iced coffee in U.S.A. at that time) to Ms. M, she also talked about the coffee culture (including Iced coffee story) in Oregon. She is a real entertainer!

Ms.D told me about her interesting neighbor (yes, I have one crazy neighbor at my apartment with noise problem), I felt like “I guess, we all have some crazy & funny stories with our neighbors”…

Ms.R gave me a scoop (one of her projects)! There is going to be a movie “Steel Magnolias' remake” with an all-black cast, and the star is Queen Latifah (her role is M'Lynn Eatenton / originally played by Sally Field). This movie will air on Lifetime.

Ms.A told me about her trip to Japan (attend her Japanese friend’s wedding in Kyoto, after wedding, she visited Osaka and Tokyo), and how she enjoyed the Japanese culture, I am very happy to hear that. Even though, I love America and live in U.S. for a long time, I love to hear that people love Japan (my country).

After I had some Chips & Salsa & Hummus & Honey & Pretzels & Hibiscus Tea, I bought Hibiscus Tea by siptea (from Egypt), Roobibos Tea by siptea (from Africa) and Honey by siptea (from Echo Park!, Laura made it in her backyard. Real homemade!).

Four hours later (I really had a fun time!), I told Peri when I was leaving the house, “ I am so sorry that I have a budget for this month”… then she gave me a nice eco bag by PERI. “I am organic” bag will be my favorite bag for shopping from now on :)

Again, if you want to have a stylish life style and eco friendly life style, go shop at siptea (http://www.siptea.net/) and PERI (http://www.perithelabel.com/).

P.S. I have not shopped for clothing for a long time…because I usually get some free clothing & accessories, etc from fashion designers when I interview them, so I have many brand new denims & T-Shirts… I am a very lucky person for a stylish life :)

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles June 24, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

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#144- To my people, Japanese people 米国より東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)被災者および日本の皆様へメッセージ / 海外セレブからのお見舞い&応援メッセージ -Pray for Japan(日本に祈りを捧げます)-

Sorry folks, Today, I am going to write a message in Japanese, in my native language to Japanese people. If you read Japanese, please do.

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P.S. I am going to write in English next time. xoxo Y

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東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)被災者および日本の皆様へ

このたびの東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)により被災されたすべての方々に心からお見舞い申し上げます。そして、犠牲になられた方々とご遺族の皆様に、深くお悔やみを申し上げます。

日本にいらっしゃる皆様、どうかご無事で、早く、安心出来る暮らし、笑顔が戻ってきますように、心からお祈り申し上げます。


*** 米国でも多くの人が心を痛めており、皆様のご無事を願っています

東北・関東地方で起った大震災に心を痛めながら、私は、「米国在住のライターの私に、日本の皆様のために出来ることをしたい」と、こちらで流れるテレビニュースの画面を見つめながら、ずっと考えていました。

そうしていましたら、本日(ロサンゼルス:3月18日/日本:3月19日)、仕事でお付き合いのある茨城県在住の女性(実際にお会いしたことはありません)から、「テレビでも、世界各国からの応援メッセージをもっと放送して欲しい」とメールをいただきました。

早速、私が報道の仕事で関わっている日本のテレビ局、ラジオ局の幹部、報道記者の方々へ、この女性のメッセージを届け、放送に関してのお願いメールを送信致しました。


*** 米国在住の私に出来ることを考えてみました

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