Tuesday, May 12, 2015

#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.


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

Title of the column: In L.A. “BE STREET” launch


“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 launch U.S. edition in Los Angeles (L.A.) in July 2015.

Co-founder & owner of the magazine BE STREET, Mr. Benjamin Benichou and Ms. Shu Pan who have got a green card (the right of permanent residence in U.S.), they moved to L.A. from Paris in last November, and  they are seriously starting up  their business in U.S.

Their reasons for immigration are, “Our magazine is introducing street fashion, music, art etc., and most of them are from here in west coast in U.S. So L.A. is the center of street culture” (said by Shu)  and “Ocean, mountain, city, business, we can enjoy everything, this lifestyle is great, and the warm weather and sunny every day, so we can be positive, and there are many friendly & energetic people here, so I love L.A.” (said by Benjamin)

The concept of this magazine is “these days we are communicating by SNS in the world and we are able to receive variety of information about goods and things, and the keyword of this new area is crossover.”

Besides they are introducing many kinds of tastes & style of skate, surf, hip-hop etc. for street fashion, music, art, lifestyle etc., they are selling goods of collaboration with artists who they interviewed in the magazine on their website, and they have been held the event “BE STREET WEEKND” (they are planning this event in L.A. on August 29th and 30th.)

They visited in Japan in March 2015 for a first time, and they said about Japan, “We love Japanese unique fashion and culture. City is very clean and organized, it’s wonderful that Japanese people are into good quality goods”, and they revealed their plans which they are planning to publish a digest magazine in Japanese.

I look forward to seeing their more success in U.S. that they just moved in L.A. and have been living like “be street”.

Photo 1:
Urban culture magazine “BE STREET” in France (photo copyright ©BE STREET)

Photo 2:
Urban culture magazine “BE STREET” in France (photo copyright ©BE STREET)

Photo 3:
The married couple and co-founder & owner of the magazine BE STREET, Mr. Benjamin Benichou who was born in Bordeaux, France (left) and Ms. Shu Pan who was born in Sichuan, China. At their office & home

Photo 4:
The shelf of Benjamin is at their office & home. There is a collection of character figures. “I love anime and I am a fan of Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon. I have more collection in Paris office, 10 times more than these.”

Photo 5:
Downtown L.A. is getting fashionable town again these days, and this view is from their office & home (7th floor). When they open their window, they can see The Orpheum Theatre which built in 1926 and the historical cultural property


I hope you enjoyed the story.

Happy every day to you.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
May 12, 2015
Copyright © 2015 Yoko Fujimoto 

Monday, May 4, 2015

#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 for mother’s day?

I did. Simple is best letter (short note)… ha ha…

Here is my letter to my mother.


April 30, 2015

On Mother’s Day…Again, Mama, thank you very much for everything!!!

Mama, I always all the time appreciate you.

Thank you very much for being my mother for 51 years.

For 51 years, long long time, thank you very much for being my mother, doing my mother and giving your love to me. Thank you so much.

Once in a while, I think about what you think about me as a daughter for 51 years.

I guess, people think of me like… “a super career woman and people can rely on me”, but for you maybe …“too much to take care of, too selfish, easy to angry” maybe? (ha ha…!)

I have been thinking for 51 years about you as my mother, being a mother is a hard work.

Probably you will say to me “I am not having hard time as a mother”, but I think that you always care or worry about us (me and younger brother) and can’t relax. I am sure that you are doing it naturally, so you don’t feel any trouble or hard things. I really respect you.

You are so wonderful that you’re relaxed and open attitude. You never lose yourself and you are living fully, and I really respect your positive attitude for your life.

Please live longer, longer for us.

I look forward to seeing you this winter or next spring!

Thinking of you on Mother’s Day.

Los Angeles


If you don’t have a mother (lost or never met), but you have a mother in your heart…

We all think about our mother once in a while, right?

I wish you that your “thank you” message to your mother will reach your mother.

And if you are a mother, “Happy Mother’s Day” to you.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
May 4, 2015
Copyright © 2015 Yoko Fujimoto