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.


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.”


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.


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)…


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?


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?


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


This Tuesday & Wednesday, I was at the KINGPINS SHOW (  / 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 (  / 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 ). 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