Monday, June 30, 2014

#245- “The Key to Beauty” from L.A. [Translation of my column] (@SENKEN-SHIMBUN /daily newspaper for fashion business)

I love spa…who doesn’t love spa? Right?


Especially I love Japanese spa (Hot springs / in Japanese, Onsen). If you have been to Japan and had an experience of Japanese spa (Onsen), you know what I mean.


 


If you have no idea what I am talking about, just ignore and keep reading my blog please :)
 
Today I am going to write about “BEAUTY”.
 
I love beautiful people and beautiful things… who doesn’t love “BEAUTY”? Right?
 
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Before get to my column, I just want to share my experience at ISPA (International SPA Association) media event at Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
 
My “BEST 3” favorite places (booths) at ISPA were…
 
 
#1: I had a nice talk & back massage at the booth of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
 
Ms. Jennifer Lynn (director of spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas) was fun to talk with.
 
 
Jennifer: We need to know your body type & character for your treatment. Would you answer to this diagnostic questionnaire?
 
Me: Ah…would you read it to me? If you read it to me, I am able to answer to these questions easier.
 
(I usually do it by myself, but at this time, I didn’t want to lose our time because their appointment for each journalist was every 15 minutes. I just wanted to talk with her. I thought she is the best person to interview. And I am a slow reader… so I needed her help to save our interview time.)
 
Jennifer: A willing leader, confident in your abilities
 
Me: Yes!!
 
Jennifer: Crave new objects or recognition
 
Me: Yes!!
 
Jennifer: Positive and lively and see the humorous side of things
 
Me: Yes!!
 
Jennifer: Suffer from mouth sores
 
Me: No!
 
Jennifer: Prone to stuttering or talking too quickly
 
Me: Yes!!
  
Jennifer: A list maker / highly organized / neat and tidy
 
Me: Yes!!
 
Jennifer: Enjoy solitude and introspection
 
Me: Yes!!
 
Jennifer: Easily excited
 
Me: Yes!!
 
Jennifer: You are a Fire (Bloom / Yang) girl!! 
 
Me: What? I am not a Wood girl (Awaken / Yang)? Most of journalists and writers are a Wood right?
 
Jennifer: Fire is for entrepreneurs or executives.
 
Me: Really?
 
Jennifer: You always ask people to do things, right?
 
Me: No… I am a perfectionist, so I always do my things by myself. I don’t ask people for my things…
 
 
Oh…gosh… when I came home, I realized that Jennifer was right.
 
I asked her to read questions for me, and I asked her to write down my answers on the paper… ha ha…
 
I guess, I am a FIRE girl…ha ha…  :)
 
 
Anyway, Jennifer’s back massage was so goooood!!
 
 
#2: I had a nice talk & eat at the booth of The Oaks at Ojai
 
Ms.Cathy S. Cluff was an expert for “enjoy fine food and relax”.
 
I tasted cocoa mousse, blueberry muffin etc… She made a bottle of Italian spice.
 
Oops…I guess I am a FIRE girl again… she asked me to make own bottle of Italian spice, but I asked her to do it for me…! OMG!!!
 
Anyway, I can’t wait to visiting this place in Ojai.
 
 
#3: I had a nice talk & facial massage at the booth of Massage Envy Spa 
 
Ms. Jennifer McDaniel gave me a fabulous facial treatment.
 
 
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Here is my translation into English of my column.
 
 
 
On Senken+
 
 
Updated on June 30, 2014 (in Japan)
 
 “I Love Los Angeles by Yoko Fujimoto” (title of my column series)
 
 
 
By Yoko Fujimoto
Writer in Los Angeles
 
 
 
Title of the new column: “The Key to Beauty” from L.A.
 
 


SPA is a fashion term, but “spa” in English also has another meaning.
 


Spa is a place or resort with a mineral spring and a commercial establishment offering health and beauty treatment through such means as steam baths, exercise equipment, and massage.
 


The other day, I had attended the spa event at ISPA media event of International SPA Association, because I thought I can find the secret of beauty which is important for fashion.
 


I asked some experts of spa business about “What is beauty?”, and their answers were,
 


“Inner calm” (Ms. Lynne Mcnees, president of International SPA Association http://experienceispa.com/),
 


“Happiness of inside and out” (Ms. Cathy S. Cluff, president & CEO of the spa “The Oaks at Ojai” http://www.oaksspa.com/ ),
 


“Inner beauty of considerate to others” (Ms. Lynelle Lynch, president of the beauty school “Bellus Academy” http://www.bellusacademy.edu/ ),
 


“Mental health and Self-esteem” (Ms. Jennifer McDaniel, therapist at Massage Envy Spa http://www.massageenvy.com/ ).
 


Their all answers were emphasized inner beauty.
 


The method of get this beauty, at first most important thing is that we need to relax our body and mind. After we relax at the spa, we are able to have a space of ourselves, and then we are able to considerate to others naturally and we feel an inner beauty.
 


After all this, we eat good meals and take some facial and massage treatments, and we are going to make ourselves good looking.
 


These days Yoga and meditation are popular in U.S. Ms. Mcnees said, “If we need remove the stress, we need to stay away from computer and smartphone. Spa is the best place for this.”
 


I think that people  who have a key to beauty, which means, people who have an inner beauty and beautiful looks, these people are only people who are able to enjoy fashion truly.
 
 


Photos captions:
 
 (As you know, I don't want to post photos in my blog due to copyright issue etc. If you want to see photos, please visit at http://www.senken.co.jp/report/oversea/yf/la-beauty-spa/ )
 
 
Photo 1:
Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas (Photo ©Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group)
Treatments are based on the integral philosophy of the Five Elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine
 
Photo 2:
Spa at Glen Ivy Hot Springs (Photo ©Glen Ivy Hot Springs)
The spa has fun exercise program “Joy Fitness” such as aqua fitness and hoop fitness etc
 
Photo 3:
Asian salad at The Oaks at Ojai. Cocoa mousse which made of Tofu etc, there are variety of healthy food (Photo ©The Oaks at Ojai)
 
Photo 4:
Facial treatment at Glen Ivy Hot Springs (Photo ©Glen Ivy Hot Springs)
 
Photo 5:
River rock massage at The Oaks at Ojai (Photo ©The Oaks at Ojai)
There is also a massage influenced by Reiki
 
Photo 6:
Yoga class at The Oaks at Ojai (Photo ©The Oaks at Ojai)
At this time yoga is a popular exercise in U.S. and there are growing numbers of people who love meditation
 
Photo 7:
Make-up class at Bellus Academy (Photo ©Bellus Academy)
They provide advanced technology such as scalp care, LED light therapy etc. to spas
 
Thank to:
International SPA Association http://experienceispa.com/
The Oaks at Ojai http://www.oaksspa.com/
Glen Ivy Hot Springs http://www.glenivy.com/  
Massage Envy Spa http://www.massageenvy.com/
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas http://www.mandarinoriental.com/  
 
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Special many thanks to:
International SPA Association, Ms. Ms. Lynne Mcnees, Ms. Allie Hembree, Ms. Marguarite Clark (Marguarite Clark Public Relations), Ms. Kristi Turek (Marguarite Clark Public Relations), Ms. Jennifer Lynn (Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas), Ms.Ashli Kimenker (Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas), Ms.Cathy S. Cluff (The Oaks at Ojai), Ms.Sheila T. Cluff (The Oaks at Ojai), Ms. Karen Gee-McAuley (The Oaks at Ojai), Ms. Lynelle Lynch (Bellus Academy), Ms.Joanne Berry (Bellus Academy), Ms. Amy Masini (Bellus Academy), Ms.Laura Nichelson (Glen Ivy Hot Springs), Jennifer McDaniel (Massage Envy Spa) and Ms.Amanda DelPrete.
 
 
By the way, the key to beauty for me is “Organized”. Organized room, Organized mind…
 
How about you?
 
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles June 30, 2014
Copyright © 2014 Yoko Fujimoto


Sunday, June 8, 2014

#244- Do you write letters?

I wrote 10 pages letter to my mother on last Friday.

 
And this morning, I wrote a letter to a stranger…

 

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June 8, 2014

 
Who were at the swimming pool at 2:30am-4:15am today???

 
Dear people who had a party at the pool,

 
Please respect your neighbors, please!!!

 
You guys woke me up at 2:30am midnight. I asked you guys nicely to be quiet, but you guys ignored me.

 
Around 2:40am, I reported to Quality Security Service Inc. about you guys, but security guards didn’t show up… So I needed to yell at you guys. I am so sorry about that, but please understand that I needed to sleep. I couldn’t sleep back until 5:30am today!!!

 
Thank you.

Have a nice day!!

 
Best,

Y.F

 
P.S. Dear neighbors, if you woke up with my voice this morning…I am so sorry… I couldn’t help it and I really needed to people out from the pool.

 

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I posted this letter at four locations (inside of four elevators at my apartment building).

 
Of course, I have sent an email to our apartment manager  and informed this situation (Our apartment office is not open anymore on Sundays).

 

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Oh… about letter…

 
I wrote 10 pages letter to my mother on last Friday.

 
Even though I talk with her on the phone every week, I write a letter to her every month.

 
Since my father had passed away in 1994, I don’t want to miss anything about my mother (I wish I had more time with my late father), so I call and talk with my mother (who lives in Tokyo, Japan) every week.

 

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I think any kind of letter is good to connect with people in the world.

 
Even I write a message to strangers on my twitter page, and I am enjoying it very much.

 
Do you write letters on a regular basis?

 
Next week, I am going to write a letter to my late father in heaven.

 

Happy Father’s Day to you.

 

By Yoko Fujimoto

Los Angeles June 8, 2014

Copyright © 2014 Yoko Fujimoto