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#255- BE STREET?

The other day, I asked a cute couple from France, “Why did you move to L.A. from Paris, France? Why L.A.?”

I was wondering, why they are here from Paris (the famous fashionable city in the world)?

And… I was laughing at myself in my mind… “Oops… I am too…! I am from Tokyo, Japan, one of a kind fashionable city…why am I here?”

Anyway, I interviewed the co-founder & owner of the magazine BE STREET, Mr. Benjamin Benichou and Ms. Shu Pan for Senken-Shimbun (major Japanese fashion business newspaper) website column.

Here is my translation of the column about them into English from Japanese.

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Published on May 12, 2015 (in Japan) By Yoko Fujimoto
Writer in Los Angeles


Title of the column: In L.A. “BE STREET” launch (http://www.senken.co.jp/report/oversea/yf/la-bestreet/)




“BE STREET” (http://www.be-street.com) in France is an urban culture magazine which they are bilingual in French & English.


At this time, they sell this magazine in 15 countries worldwide including Japan, but they will la…

#254- Dear Mama

Do you have something to regret in your past?

I don’t regret anything in my past.



But one thing, I am still thinking like this… about my late father…”I wish I could talk more with my papa before his death.”

I don’t remember when the last time I talked with my late father was and what we talked about, because I didn’t mention in my diary.

Only a few lines in my birthday card in 1994 (same year when he passed away) were the last letter from my late father.



We all will disappear. Of course, we all do. But when I think of my late father who passed away suddenly, I still feel hurt. I don’t want to feel this way to my mother, so I am talking with my mother often and talking a lot since my father passed away in 1994.

I call my mother once a week and write a letter once a month (my mother is good at fashion trend & food trend etc., but she is not into machine… like email & skype, so we communicate by the old-fashioned way… phone & letter).


Did you write a card or letter to your mother fo…