#105- Lunch with California Market Center Girls

Today, I got invited for a lunch by Ms. Joanne Lee (Senior VP, CMC Services at the California Market Center) and Ms.Audrey Okulick (Marketing & PR Associate at the California Market Center).

California Market Center (CMC/ http://www.californiamarketcenter.com/) is the epicenter of the Los Angeles style industries. Located on 9th & Main in downtown's Fashion District, the CMC is home to hundreds of wholesale showrooms for fashion, textiles, gifts and home decor, in addition to a range of offices, studio spaces, fashion design schools, restaurants, cafes, shops and special event venues.

They took me to the great Sushi restaurant, Yen Sushi & Bar(http://www.yensushila.com/) at the CMC.

Joanne: I love Sushi!

Me: Yes, me too!

Joanne: I usually go to GONPACHI.

Me: GONPACHI is great.

Oh…I had a wonderful time with Joanne and Audrey. They are fun and talented people.

When I (with Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, TBS TV) wanted shoot the fashion show at the CMC with the Mayor of L.A., Mr. Antonio Villaraigosa, Joanne was kind to give me a permission to shoot. At the time, it was the last minutes TV project, but I made it because of her. Joanne has such a great business sense!

I have been writing Senken-newspaper(a leading Japanese fashion trade newspaper) ‘s articles about the fashion shows, fashion market week, L.A. International Textile show, Focus trade show, Transit trade show and many designers & showroom owners of showrooms at the CMC for long time…I always meet nice fashion people at the CMC.

Audrey is a really great PR! She takes a note when I translate my article and she posted it in the CMC blog. She is very professional PR. I am very happy to work with her.

Joanne used to work at the major advertising company and Audrey was working for abc TV Drama “Samantha Who?” as a stylist(they have more great career!)…Wow, they are young, but they have such a great resume!

Me: Do you guys watch LOST?

Audrey: I love LOST

Me: Did you watch LOST last night.

Audrey: Not yet.

Me: Ok…I won’t tell you anything about the last night’s episode. But…since the Japanese actor, Hiroyuki Sanada came to this show, the story mixed up, don’t you think???................

We talked about our career in the past, Japanese men’s world topic (ok…this is my topic! I have many stories!!!),TV shows ”LOST”, ”Jersey Shore”, ”Million Dollar Listing”, ” Millionaire Matchmaker” etc…One hour and a half wasn’t enough for three of us…I felt like I could talk all day with them! ha ha ha! It was soooooooo much fun. I really had a great time with Joanne and Audrey.

By the way, during our conversation, we ate Soft Tofu Salad,Seared Albacore Sashimi with Crunch Onion and Ponzu sauce, Seasoned Seaweed Salad, Shrimp& Vegetable Tempura, Spicy Tataki roll and Baked Spicy Tuna sushi. It was soooooooo delicious lunch. Thanks to Joanne and Audrey!

Even though, I ate a lot of food today, I didn’t gain weight. Great!…my “Think myself thin” (+ Hollywood Cookie Diet!) method is working!

Life is delicious!

Have a wonderful Healthy Life to you all!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
May 12, 2010

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