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#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. Dana Claudat) 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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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 television romantic sitcom), there was a line regarding Feng Shui,  “change location, change luck”, and this line tells about American people in the know about Feng Shui.

 

The writer myself, I have been studying Japanese style Feng Shui and Western style Feng Shui for over 20 years, and my some American friends and acquaintances are into Feng Shui and they ask me questions about Feng Shui sometimes.

 

This summer, during L.A. Fashion Market Week in fashion district in downtown L.A., when I was interviewing the owner of the showroom for a newspaper article at the showroom “Cohen Showroom”, I noticed the red light on the ceiling, so I asked the owner Mr. Michael Cohen about it, “why do you have the red light right there?”, and then he answered, “After our Feng Shui master gave us the counseling, we figured out that we need the red thing over there”.  

 

Mr. Cohen revealed, “My friend who owns a store in Venice Beach, his business sales increased three times suddenly, and then I went to his store and I noticed that the layout had changed and it was very neat, smooth and there were many customers at his store. My friend told me that his Feng Shui master did it, and I asked his Feng Shui master to come to our showroom, and then my business sales increased twice after the Feng Shui master counseled our showroom.”

 

The Feng Shui master is Ms. Kartar Diamond (http://fengshuisolutions.net). She has 20 year career as a Feng Shui master, and she has about 400 clients for a Feng Shui counseling per year.

 

Ms. Kartar said, “My clients are variety of people, such as lawyer, dentist, politician etc. Fashion industry people such as owners of apparel boutique and showroom are about 50% of my clients, so fashion people are more into Feng Shui.”

 

Due to “Showroom is for showing the apparel products, so it’s very hard to use many colors or furniture”, so they use small plants or miniature fountain or color of light for doing Feng Shui.

 

“My consulting method is not from the western style Feng Shui. My consulting method is from the Chinese Feng Shui master method with directions, numbers and elements of wood, fire, earth, gold and water” said Ms. Diamond.

 

Mr. Cohen said, “Luck is all about the balance and energy flow. These are very important things for everything. Feng Shui is a technique for improving these”, and his wife and co-owner of Cohen Showroom Robin spoke very highly of Feng Shui, “Most of our visitors such as buyers said, ‘this showroom is very comfortable place’.”

 

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After I interviewed Ms. Diamond, I realized about that I need a water element in North direction in my apartment, so I fixed it right away, and then I was invited to a Feng Shui seminar by “RON ROBINSON” which well-known boutique in L.A. and I have been writing many articles about them.

 

This boutique (RON ROBINSON) is a new flagship store (opened 10 months ago in Santa Monica) which is all together of RON ROBINSON at Fred Segal on Melrose (mens & womens), LIFESIZE (kids), StylObjects (key lifestyle and design items) and APOTHIA (beauty and apothecary).

 

I wrote an article about this seminar in Senken-Shimbun newspaper version (on August 20th), but I will introduce some of it here.

 

This seminar was held by the Feng Shui master, Ms. Dana Claudat (http://www.fengshuidana.com). She is consulting with a Western style Feng Shui method.

 

Main content of this seminar was the western arrangement technique from Chinese “Bagua Figure” which we divide our home for nine sections such as lucky money section, lucky fame section, lucky love section, lucky legacy section, lucky health section, lucky creativity section, lucky wisdom section, lucky career section and lucky compassion section. 

 

Ms. Claudat also explained about the five elements such as wood, fire, earth, gold and water which are very important things from “Theory of Yin-Yang and the Five Elements”, and she talked about home accessories and fashion with five elements.

 

Ms. Claudat said, “Most important thing is that we need to connect with a home/office. To do this, we need to clean and organize our home/office”, and she was walking around the boutique and showed us some home products with five elements which we need for our home/office.

 

 

She said, “Fashion is also need a good balance like our home or office”, and she suggested wearing five elements of colors or materials.

 

Ms. Claudat emphasized about “simple is best Feng Shui” is the best effect, and she said, “Key to bring luck is cleaning and organizing. To open the window and get some fresh air, which means Chi (life energy) will flow. Put some sea salt in every corner is good too.”

 

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I found out that I have 25 Feng Shui books in Japanese and English at home.

 

And I think real Feng Shui from China or Japanese style Feng Shui or Western style Feng Shui effect for each person differently like our different lives.

 

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And here is other translation of the article in Senken-Shimbun newspaper version.

 

Senken-Shimbun newspaper version (there is not available on the website)

Published on August 20, 2015 (in Japan)

By Yoko Fujimoto

 

Title of this article: “Feng Shui seminar” was held at Los Angeles boutique “RON ROBINSON”

To get new customers with variety of events

 

“New flagship store”

 

“Feng Shui seminar” was held first time at RON ROBINSON in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. This boutique is a new flagship store which is all together of RON ROBINSON at Fred Segal on Melrose (mens & womens), LIFESIZE (kids), StylObjects (key lifestyle and design items) and APOTHIA (beauty and apothecary). This boutique had opened eight months ago.

 

 

 

Due to close the Fred Segal Santa Monica store, RON ROBINSON flagship store which is a couple of minutes walking distance from the former store location opened.

 

Mr. Ron Robinson who is an owner of RON ROBINSON (Ron Robinson Inc.) said, “Regarding the new customer marketing, we think we need to have variety of events at our store”, and they are hosting yoga class, art event etc. every month. 

 

The speaker of “Feng Shui seminar” was Ms. Dana Claudat who was introduced by her friend who is a friend of Mr. Ron Robinson. Nineteen people attend this seminar, and the attendee listened to Ms. Claudat’s speach about two hours.

 

Main content of this seminar was the western arrangement technique from Chinese “Bagua Figure” which we divide our home for nine sections such as lucky money section, lucky fame section, lucky love section, lucky legacy section, lucky health section, lucky creativity section, lucky wisdom section, lucky career section and lucky compassion section. And she also explained about some home accessories and fashion with five elements such as wood, fire, earth, gold and water which are very important things from “Theory of Yin-Yang and the Five Elements”.

 

Ms. Claudat said, “Most important thing is that we need to connect with a home/office. To do this, we need to clean and organize our home/office”, and she was walking around the boutique and showed us some home products with five elements which we need for our home/office.

 

For example, for a wood element is a wooden bowl, for a fire element is a zigzag pattern cushion, for an earth element is a crystal soap, for a gold element is a metal accessory, and for a water element is a light blue flower vase.

 

She said, “Fashion is also need a good balance like our home or office”, and she suggested wearing five elements of colors or materials.

 

Ms. Alexis Hyde who is an attendee and an art consultant said, “I heard about the word of Feng Shui, and today I understood about what Feng Shui is. I am thinking about that I need to clean and organize my place.”

 

Mr. Gerry Katzman who is a comedian teacher said, “I realized about how important is chi which flows in the air” and he thanks to attend this seminar.

 

Ms. Angela Williams who is a homemaker said, “I am interested in interior design and I have been studying at the Feng Shui school for a couple of months. Today I wanted to find something new at this seminar”, and this is her first visit at this boutique and she shopped some products.

 

An event planner, Ms. Alison Storr revealed, “I need to focus on things, so I figure out that I need to wear a gold element”

 

“Connect with a consumer”

 

Ms. Claudat advised that for a boutique, “If you have many products at the boutique, you need to be careful. The register should place in the back of the boutique and need to customer walk easily and see & choose products easily are the basic. Especially you need to organize space in front of the boutique”, for a fashion designer, “Most important thing is, you need to connect with a consumer. Due to design what a consumer wants, you can use Feng Shui”, for a businessman/woman, “If you want to get something new, you need to organize for your space and schedule.”

 

Ms. Stacy Robinson who is a wife of Mr. Ron Robinson and a vice president of Ron Robinson Inc. revealed, “I have not using Feng Shui, but I realized that our home has many wood element things and our boutique has many gold elements things.”

 

Mr. Robinson talked about the next Feng Shui seminar, “We would like to have another one around November holiday season.”

 

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I hope you enjoyed Feng Shui tips.

Happy Feng Shui day to you : )

 

By Yoko Fujimoto

Los Angeles

October 10, 2015

Copyright © 2015 Yoko Fujimoto 

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