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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#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

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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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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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