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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#251- Good-bye 2014, and Hello 2015

Today was my last day of “Oosoji” (in Japanese, in English “Spring Cleaning” or “Major Cleanup”) for a new year.


I am a clean freak and I love cleaning, so I don’t need to do special cleaning for my home (because I always keep clean my home! ha ha…), but we (Japanese people) always have a special cleaning time around the end of the year.
Anyway, I did a special cleaning for my home for a new year, it was a ZenCleaning (I counted my belongings in my home & my car, and I appreciated them and wiped them).

2660 belongings are in my home & my car (Simple is best, I don't want to have many belongings in my home & my life!).


I feel so fresh!

Now I can say thank you to 2014 & good-bye to 2014, and now I would like to say hello to 2015.

I can’t wait to have more fun in 2015.

Yes, Good-bye 2014, and Hello 2015 :)

By Yoko Fujimoto Los Angeles Dec 28, 2014 Copyright © 2014 Yoko Fujimoto

#250- Hello! Hello Kitty!!

Do you know how old Hello Kitty is?


She is 40 years old.



As you know, Hello Kitty is not a cat, she is a girl… I mean she is a 40 year-old-girl.



I wrote a column about her on Senken-Shimbun (major Japanese fashion business newspaper) website. So, I would like to share it with you. Please read below (my translation into English from Japanese).


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Published on December 9, 2014 (in Japan)
By Yoko Fujimoto
Writer in Los Angeles


Title of the column: Celebration for Hello Kitty in L.A.!
(http://www.senken.co.jp/report/oversea/yf/la-hellokitty-40/)
“Hello Kitty” is a representative character of Sanrio Company, Ltd. and “she” is an icon of Japanese pop culture in U.S.A. as well. This year is the 40th anniversary of “Hello Kitty”, and Sanrio and the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles (L.A.) (http://www.janm.org ) celebrate it by the special exhibition “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”. The exhibition opened on October 11th. 600 items of the first…

#249- Shake It Off ???

When I listened to the song “Shake It Off” (by Taylor Swift) at first time, I said, “Yes, I do too. I Shake It Off !”


#1- I Shake It Off (at the certain fashion show) :
When I was at the certain fashion show the other day for Senken-Shimbun (a major Japanese fashion business newspaper, similar to WWD and California Apparel News) website column, I was shocked by the situation …

At first, there was no seat at the show for media (I usually get the front row seat as a journalist) … but … I Shake It Off … I found the nice spot for taking photos (behind the seats & from the corner, I thought I could take photos of whole thing & show … audience, model, grass, trees etc.), and I was chatting with some guys who were also standing behind the seats.

And then … the show director came up to me, and he asked me to sit in the front row, because there were lacking audience (he wanted us to fill the seats to look nice their audience seats) … what now???

I thought … it was very unprofessional &…

#248- Repurpose? (@SENKEN-SHIMBUN /daily newspaper for fashion business)

When I heard of the word “repurpose” from Mr. Phillip Dane … I was not sure what does it means…



Mr. Phillip Dane is a president of L.A. Event Co. (http://laeventco.com/). I met him at the L.A. Flea Market at Dodger Stadium in July 2010. The event was held by him.


Last month, he opened the new style market. The key word is “repurpose”.



So…I wrote about it in my column on Senken Shimbun (major Japanese fashion business newspaper) website.



I would like to share it with you. Please read below (my translation into English from Japanese of them).

Title of the column: “Repurpose?” from L.A.


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Updated on Oct 7, 2014 (in Japan)

By Yoko Fujimoto

Writer in Los Angeles



Title of the column: “Repurpose?” from L.A.

(http://www.senken.co.jp/report/oversea/yf/la-repurpose/)

Recently, in the United States, “made in U.S.A. products” has been reviewed in all business area because of the impact of recession (promote employment in the United States) etc, and there are also many “handmade goods” for the purpose o…

#247- BEAUTY is in L.A. (@SENKEN-SHIMBUN /daily newspaper for fashion business)

These days I have been thinking about BEAUTY a lot.


My mom (who lives in Tokyo, Japan / She spent time in L.A. this summer) said, “There is a beautiful large blue sky in L.A.!!! Ocean and mountains are so beautiful. There are so many beautiful flowers and trees in L.A.!”

Yes, there are so many beautiful things in L.A.
And there are also many beautiful people in L.A.
About BEAUTY… I wrote two columns on Senken Shimbun (major Japanese fashion business newspaper) website on July 28th and Sept 9th.
I would like to share them with you. Please read below (my translation into English from Japanese of them).

Title of the column: “The behind the scene of Beauty?” from L.A. (July 28th, 2014)

Title of the column: “The model of Beauty?” from L.A. (Sept 9th, 2014)


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Updated on July 28th, 2014 (in Japan)
By Yoko Fujimoto
Writer in Los Angeles
Title of the column: “The behind the scene of Beauty?” from L.A.
(http://www.senken.co.jp/report/oversea/yf/la-phamexpo/)

“Fashion + Hair + Makeup = Balance of Beauty”,…

#246- My summer vacation in L.A. was…

Time goes by fast…summer is over…

My mom and my younger brother (they live in Tokyo, Japan) were in L.A. this summer.
I had such a nice summer vacation (59 days!) with them.


My plans for my mom and brother were… TREAT them like a 5 star hotel, SHOW them everything in L.A. and DO what special thing each day.


What we did…


TOOK 1465 photos (includes iPhone 436 photos) together.


WENT to a lot of places…
Hollywood Hills
Hollywood
Santa Monica
Malibu
West Hollywood
Beverly Hills
Downtown L.A. (Little Tokyo)
Century City
Culver City
Marina del Ray
Venice Beach
Westwood
Los Feliz / Silver Lake
Atwater Village (farmers market)
Glendale
Burbank
Pasadena
Palos Verdes
Studio City (farmers market)
Santa Clarita
Newport Beach
Costa Mesa
Laguna Beach
Ontario
Ventura
Camarillo
Ojai
Temecula


ENJOYED with some special events…
Nisei Week Japanese Festival / Tanabata Festival
dineL.A. Restaurant Week


SAW beautiful things at…
Griffith Park
The Getty Center & The Getty Villa


ATE a lot of food…