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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…