Sunday, April 21, 2013

#210- Am I a psychic or an actress?

******** Am I a psychic?

A couple of months ago, I was at the fashion trade show “D&A” for my work (write for a Japanese fashion trade newspaper) and I met a beautiful woman.

This beautiful woman was at the front at D&A.

I asked her, “how do you make beautiful hair style like this?  It looks amazing!”

The beautiful woman: Oh… thank you. It’s easy to do it.

Me: Oh… I love your hair style!  You look like an actress!

The beautiful woman: Oh… I’m actually an actress!

Me: Wow, I knew it!!!

I am a psychic sometimes. I always have a good instinct, especially for people.

The beautiful woman…her name is Anne Schmidt. She is an actress (www.imdb.me/anneschmidt ).

 
The other day, Anne had sent me a nice email ,and she invited me to a play “BURN THIS” (by Lanford Wilson directed by Holly Gagnier & starring Jim Parrack) at PLAYHOUSE WEST (http://playhousewest.net/repertory-theater/ ).

Today I went to see this play “BURN THIS”.

Jim Parrack, Anne Schmidt, Phillip Pruitt and Lincoln Hoppe were great. I enjoyed the play very much.

They did well.

Especially, Anne is a really talented actress. She did a great job.

 
The story is very realistic and simple, but romantic and moving.

Love is beautiful, I felt strongly after I saw this play.

 
******** Am I an actress?

I used to act at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in West Hollywood long time ago (When I was in 20 something)… so I know how to act…

Today at the theater, I had to act…

When I was standing and waiting outside of the theater before the play, a nice guy started talking to me and asked me, “Are you single?”

I had to act (pretend) … like…I was mishearing (Circumstances may justify a lie, right?)… and I said, “Oh… I am a writer!”

The guy: Oh… you are a writer!  You are so beautiful!  Are you single?

Me: Ah… yes, I am single. (I couldn’t lie to this guy… I guess, I am not a good actress…!)

And the guy asked me out…Oh… no… Oh… yes! It’s time to go to inside and get the seat! My seat was reserved by Anne, so I told him… “I have to go now”…

 
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During the intermission, I was in the line for the bathroom…The guy came up to me and he was very kind again… he said to me, “You are very beautiful! Kawaii!”  Oh… he made my day… but… I like being alone right now… ha ha…

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Three hours and a half later…I went to outside and I saw the guy…the guy was outside… I wanted to wait for Anne and tell her, “Thank you, you did a great job, and good night!”… but…I thought I should leave right away…

The guy: Hey, what are you going to do tonight?

Me: Oh… I have to work (shoot… today is Sunday…Oops…)… I mean I am going to write (Yes, I am writing this blog right now, so I didn’t lie to him 100%…maybe 80% I lied to him)…

The guy: I hope I am hearing from you!  (he gave me his business card…)

I couldn’t act 100% perfect (I guess, I am not a good actress)... I am sure that the guy got my message… “I can’t go out with you”…

Today’s play (BURN THIS) was happy ending, but my real life story wasn’t happy ending with the guy…

 
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Now, I feel like… I want to write a “simple, but beautiful” love story… yes, I am alone at home and I am writing happy.

Most of my day is happy ending by myself :)

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

 
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles April 21, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Yoko Fujimoto

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

#209- What do you care?

The other day, I had a small talk with a Japanese woman on my Japanese Twitter page.

#1- The Japanese woman: The history recognition is different by the government of the country, so even though I talk with an American about the war, we can’t understand each other. The American is educated by the U.S. government for their good.

#2- My reply to her comment: You are right. Regarding the history recognition, each country people is educated by own country’s government for their good. U.S. and Japan are the same. We don’t need to discuss “which country is right or wrong” about the war, because war is wrong anyway.

#3- The Japanese woman: Regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor, if I say “American government let Japanese military attacked it, because they wanted to try to use atomic bombs”, American is not going to believe what I say, right? So we don’t need to waste our time to talk to each other.

#4- My reply to her comment: People were crazy during the war, because people were trying to protect their loved ones. That’s why we don’t need to waste our time to discuss “which country is right or wrong” about the war. War is wrong, anyway.

#5- The Japanese woman: Even though some foreigners say “we will help Japan and Japanese people”, we feel meddlesome, intervention in domestic affairs and annoying. Because we are different in culture, the history and a way of thinking.

#6- My reply to her comment: I really understand how much you really care for Japan. I left Japan 25 years ago, but my thought for my home country Japan is same as yours. People are different in culture, the history and a way of thinking, but we are connected to each other on this world & universe. Let’s make peace for Japan and the world together.

 
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Even though we (this Japanese woman and me) are the same people, we misunderstand each other.

And even though we are different, I believe that we will understand each other after long talk.

Sometimes we feel like “life is unfair” …as you know what happened in Boston (Boston Marathon explosions on Monday) or in Texas (explosion in Texas tonight)…

Sometimes people says, “Why me?” “Why us?”…

When I have a trouble, I always try to find “what is the reason?” or “what is the cause?”. Because the problem is not made by the one person (or the one way).

I don’t care what other people think of me, but I care about how other people feel.


How about you?  What do you care?

Wishing you all the happiness in the world. Love + Peace = Happiness

 
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles April 17, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Yoko Fujimoto

Sunday, April 7, 2013

#208- Fall 2013 LA Fashion Market Week!(@SENKEN-SHIMBUN /daily newspaper for fashion business)

Could you imagine? Some people are already thinking about the next fall fashion.

The other day, my article for Senken-Shimbun (major fashion trade newspaper in Japan. Similar to WWD and California Apparel News) regarding Fall 2013 LA Fashion Market Week came out, so I am going to translate the article into English from Japanese on here.

I always translate the article into English for people who I interviewed with. And I always send the copy to them with my words, “Thank you for your time & Good luck to you”.

By the way, my translation is very rough, if you have good English, please edit my translation ;)


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Here you go!

 
Senken-Shimbun

On April 4, 2013 (in Japan)


Fall 2013 LA Fashion Market Week

The Key is “Something Special”


By Yoko Fujimoto, writer in Los Angeles

 
Fall 2013 L.A. Fashion Market Week held in Los Angeles Fashion District in Los Angeles, U.S.A. during mid-March for four days. At this time, there were four trade shows, SELECT and TRANSIT at the California Market Center (CMC), Designers and Agents (D&A) at the New Mart, and COEUR at the Cooper Design Space. FOCUS had been canceled.

Numbers of the buyers from other states, foreign countries and Japan are about the same as usual. The co-owner of COEUR (accessories & small goods trade show), Mr. Henri Myers said, “This show didn't get crowded, but we had very important buyers such as Isetan, Ron Herman, Saks Fifth Avenue.”

Winston White debuted at SELECT commented, “Our products seem like a simple design, but we made a back open design for our dresses and tops, and we put a back necklace with it. We are going to play with this concept of a back open design, and we will try to make it. Our outfits will be able to wear at the office during the day and the party during the evening, so they are perfect for consumers who are saving-conscious”.

First time exhibitor Spratters & Jayne (Handmade Scarves, Cowls and Accessories) also said, “Our detail oriented unique design products are very popular for Japanese buyers, such as Opening Ceremony and American Rag Cie in Japan.”

At D&A, JAKETT's main products for fall 2013 are motorcycle Jacket made with cotton, knit and leather combination. “It will be able to wear any kind of style, because of the wire in the collar. Buyers like something different and something special with a small detail from the other brand.” Casmari said, “Our Scotland cassimere's products are the key item. Stitches of the knit makes beautiful and colorful of the front of the cardigan, and this cardigan especially popular for Japanese buyers. TOMORROWLAND from Japan purchased it.”

At the New Mart showroom, nine o seven, denim brand STROM debuted. Swedish super model & designer, Ms. Erika Stromqvist and her husband & owner, Mr. Matthew H. Fisher established this brand. They use Japanese denim and U. S. denim, and they are making denims in Los Angeles. Selvage, hand dye, foil print are the key style, and they made over sized cuffs in the calf-length. They came up with the design idea that denim with leg warmers.

The co-owner of COEUR, Mr. Myers emphasized, “We also need a special something for a business.” He said, “Each time when important buyers came into our show, I let my exhibitors know about it by Tweet Alert. I made this system for our exhibitors for making more profits.”

In the Cooper Design Space, at the showroom EB Only Agency, Mr. David Long who has three T-Shirts brands (“The RED The WHITE The BLUE”,“Oil of LA” and “LoveLAnd”) said, “From my experience such as a co-owner of Dirtee Hollywood etc.,I have many buyers who have many different fashion taste and I have many potential business deal with them, so I made three T-shirts brands for those buyers.” For The RED The WHITE The BLUE, he made a deal with a person who has a copyright of Jimi Hendrix’s art works. Mr. Long explained, “The key of popular product by buyers is that we have something special which other companies don’t have.”

At the CMC, Liza Stewart showroom is always gets crowded, and many buyers were at this showroom at this time again. The owner of this showroom, Ms. Liza Stewart also has an own lady's brand “Butterflyzebra” (made in Los Angeles). She said, “If we have something different products or service from the other companies, we will be able to make profit for sure”, and she offered the free shipping for buyers for her 15 year anniversary for her showroom.

Next L.A. Fashion Market Week will start June 10th for four days.

 

Photos by Yoko Fujimoto (I am a photographer as well!)



P.S.  My concept of my blog is no photos, because of copyright etc… and I am hoping that people is enjoying my writings without any photos :)


Photo#1: Winston White's tops with the back open design.

Photo#2: STROM's key items and Swedish super model & designer of this brand, Ms. Erika Stromqvist and her husband & owner of this brand, Mr. Matthew H. Fisher.

Photo#3: Jimi Hendrix's art works T-shirts by The RED The WHITE The BLUE.

Photo#4: Unique design products by Spratters & Jayne are very popular for Japanese buyers.


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My friend, Kimberly’s PR company website is at http://pureconsultinginfo.com
 
My friend, Liza’s brand website is at http://butterflyzebra.com/
 
My friend, Peri’s brand website is at http://www.perithelabel.com/
 
By the way, I have another scoop!
 
My friend, Neely re-debuted as a fashion designer for a new brand “PARADE”. (I couldn’t write about her brand at this time, but I will write about her brand soon…!)  She knows what the cool fashion is :)
 
I hope you fashionably enjoyed my blog :)
 
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles April 7, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Yoko Fujimoto

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

#207- Happy food + Happy family = Happy life

As I wrote about “Food, Clothing and Housing” in my blog on March 3, 2013, I choose food out of these three important things in our lives.

I can trust people who love food, because they always have great energy and smile. They always make me happy.

Last Easter Sunday, I asked my great friend, Keasha about this. Keasha told me, “I’ve never thought about it, ahh… I think… I choose food!” That’s my friend! (By the way, Keasha is a super skinny beautiful woman! She is skinnier than me! My weight is 83 lbs., by the way.)

 
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I had a great time at Keasha’s mom’s house for Easter dinner party last Sunday.

We (16 people) had a nice dinner. I am very appreciating that Keasha is always including me for her family events. I am the only one who is a friend in the party, but I am an “Auntie Yoko” for Keasha & John’s sons. I love that!  I feel an “auntie” in her family.

They always have a lot of delicious food!

Smoked turkey, White fish, many kind of Vegetable dishes, Macaroni & Cheese, Fruit salad, Bread, Deviled eggs, Peach pie, Cheese cake, Strawberry sponge cake, Apple cider etc…

I love Keasha's macaroni & cheese. Soooooooo good! When I saw she came into the house, I saw her macaroni & cheese before I saw her baby… and I said, “Yes! I am happy!”  Oops… I was only thinking of that macaroni & cheese at that moment! ha ha…

And I love Keasha’s mom (Galia)’s deviled egg!

Galia asked me “Yoko, would you like to bring some deviled eggs home?” 

Me: YES! YES! YES!!!

Galia: Did I give you a recipe of deviled egg?

Me: Yes… ah… long time ago…

Galis: Just eat my deviled eggs when you come to my home.
 

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Happy food and Happy family make life Happy.

I am glad that I know a happy family.

After Easter dinner, when I came home I called my mom in Tokyo, Japan. I always talk about everything about my life to her, and she is always happy for me. And my funny younger brother always makes me laugh.

Yes, I have a happy family myself as well.

I hope you are having fun with your family & friends in your life.

 

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles April 3, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Yoko Fujimoto