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I am a freelance writer for newspapers,magazines as well as a journalist for TV.
I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#262- Zen Cleaning again

“Simple is best” and “I do my best” are my concept of my life.

When I was doing acting in Hollywood (around 1990), I had enjoyed so much with a lot of friends in party and club (disco), but after I moved to Newport Beach, Orange county (in 1998) due to my work/green card (I had worked at Entrepreneur Media Inc. as a staff writer for 6 and a half years, and I also worked as a freelance journalist with many other Japanese media) I realized that calm life style “simple is best” is good.

At that time I had lived in Newport Beach (right now I live in near Hollywood), I woke up at 5:00am and worked at Entrepreneur Media Inc. from 7:00am to 4:00pm every day, and if I don’t have a freelance project I always exercised at the gym or walked near by the beach…I had a healthy lifestyle in Newport Beach.

Since then I focus on “quality, not quantity” for everything such as friends, furniture, clothing etc. I am trying to enjoy my life with less people, less goods and less things.

Life is short. So I wou…

#261- Make money on SNS?

As you know, I have a monthly column on Senken-Shimbun (major Japanese fashion business newspaper) website which everyone can read for free.

If you don’t read Japanese, here is the translation for November issue of my column into English from Japanese.

Enjoy!

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Senken-Shimbun website (http://www.senken.co.jp/report/fashiontap-la/)


Published on November 12, 2015 (in Japan)
Title of this column in Report+ : From L.A. “Make money on SNS?”
Writer: Yoko Fujimoto

There are many people in the world who are using SNS (social networking service) such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest etc.

Especially in the fashion industry, people who are fashion brand’s PR, fashion blogger etc. post photos of fashion related items or write comments about products on Facebook, Instagram etc., and they actively use SNS as a marketing tool.

For example, recently Yahoo acquired “Polyvore” (Fashion SNS), people are considering SNS as a business chance.

Meanwhile, a “new Fashion SNS” born in Los Angeles. It e…

#260- Do you do Feng Shui?

Do you do Feng Shui?
I do!

I have been studying Feng Shui (Japanese style Feng Shui and Western style Feng Shui) since 1990.
Feng Shui works!

On July 7th, I interviewed a Feng Shui master (Ms. Kartar Diamond) for my special website column on Senken-Shimbun (major Japanese fashion business newspaper) website.

And I attended the Feng Shui seminar(Feng Shui master is Ms. DanaClaudat) at RONROBINSON in Santa Monica on July 26th for an article for Senken-Shimbun (major Japanese fashion business newspaper) newspaper version (the article came out on August 20th), and I also mentioned it in my special website column of Senken-Shimbun.

So I have two articles about Feng Shui.
Here are the translations into English from Japanese.
Enjoy!

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Senken-Shimbun website (http://www.senken.co.jp/report/la-fengshui/)
Published on October 10, 2015 (in Japan)
By Yoko Fujimoto
Title of this column (Report+): From L.A. American people get luck from Feng Shui?

In the episode of “Sex and the City” (an American t…

#259- Apartment Scammer vs. Apartment Dreamer

I live in Los Feliz at the nice apartment building (I live in front of the swimming pool, so I have a nice view with trees & flowers, there is a fitness center), but this apartment became a pet friendly apartment (no way! I am afraid of dogs and cats), and there are many issues (mailbox thefts a lot, sewage leaking all the time, party noise at the swimming pool party noise all the time, upstairs loud TV & footsteps noise etc.) now, so I am looking for a new place to live.





As a journalist, I am good at research anything, but comes to a clean & cute & cheap apartment, it’s hard to find it in L.A. now…

The other day, I met a scammer (I mean I talked with the scammer by email).

This scammer posted the ad on RadPad.

This ad was, $1200 per month for a one bedroom apartment in Santa Monica.
And this scammer had sent me an email (see below).

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Hello Yoko.


Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my apartment. Yes the apartment is still available for rent and we are looking for a…

#258- No more guns & No more war please!

Two months ago, I had a wonderful TV project experience in Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

I worked with a major Japanese TV documentary program in Osaka, Japan, it’s called “Eizo ‘15” (http://www.mbs.jp/eizou/ ) by MBS TV (Mainichi Broadcasting System, similar to ABC TV, NBC TV or CBS TV).

Here is the company information in English. Please take a look at http://www.mbs.jp/english/

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We are working on the story about the Vietnam War deserters, and we are going to introduce how people (especially for veterans) affected by war, and war has been hurting many people’s heart & mind & health.

We interviewed two American former Vietnam War deserters and two American Vietnam War veterans.
The air date is August 30th in Japan.

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Thank god… I researched about two American former Vietnam War deserters and I found where they are… but… one former deserter (Mr. C) didn’t want to see us at first, and the other one (Mr. M) disappeared (I found his latest home address, but he moved to …