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April 17th, 2007

An article about me on UK JACK!

Coco&Me article clipping from UK JACK newspaper

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On Wednesday last week, a Japanese Newspaper called UK JACK (a weekly publication circulating mainly in London) had published a small article about me! Click this link to see the jpeg in full size.
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Many thanks to Naoko-san, Kunichika-san, & Chie-san for making this happen.

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So for this week’s blog entry, I’ve translated the article in to English:

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THIS WEEK’S PERSONALITY

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What prompted you to come to the UK?

I came to this country when I was 6 due to my father’s work. At first it was only meant to be for 3 years. But have now approached the 25th year!

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What is your activity here?

After graduating with a Graphic Design degree from St. Martins, I worked as a Designer for 6 years. Upon becoming pregnant, I had a lot of time to spend at home, which was when I realized my passion for making desserts. This passion saw me through a hobby to now regularly selling them!

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What is your motto?

“To live each & everyday to the full”. Even when I’m feeling tired, or feeling down, I try to turn thoughts in to action.
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What do you love & hate about yourself?

I like the part of me which obsessingly pursues what ever it is I’m ‘in’ to. But hate the part of me that is easily flustered & is stubborn/ obstinate.

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What do you love & hate about the UK?

It’s very easy going here. I like that. But I dislike that there is a big gap when it comes to the quality of state schools available, & well-to-do families with more money to spend (ie: to afford to live in a good school catchment area) get better education for their children.
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What surprised you in UK?

Rice pudding.

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What three words describe London?

Relaxed, bad-transport & dirty…
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Which tourist destination did you like?

A small town called Padstow in Cornwall, & it’s surrounding areas. It’s quiet & peacefully still as if time had stopped.

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When you want something delicious in UK…

I buy fresh & yummy ingredients at Broadway Market & cook at home!

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What did you think was ‘good/ inspirational’ recently?

Louis Hamilton of F1. His eyes remind me that of my son’s. I wish for my son to be able to have a big dream, have the strength to pursue it & ‘get it’, just like Hamilton did.

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Anything made you angry recently?

I don’t get angry much.
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Who do you respect?

The Head Pastry Chef at the Waldorf. He gave me the astonishing opportunity to work in a five-star hotel kitchen – despite the fact I had no professional patiserrie experience what-so-ever! People like him who give chances to others selflessly is inspiring.

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What do you treasure?

A little embarassing to say, but it’s the love of my family…!

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What do you miss from Japan?

Every Japanese people I know says MOS BURGER is really good, so I’d LOVE to eat it one day!!

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What would you like to take back to Japan?

I’d like to introduce my friends in Japan to Porridge. It’s delicious with honey…

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What would you like to do next?

I’d love to turn my recipes & stories I write in my blog in to a book. I might even want to write a fictional novel… And when I have more time, develop the Coco&Me brand!

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12 Comments »

  1. Congratulations on being featured as a local UK personality! I’ve only recently discovered your blog, and I love it. I love the idea of market stall selling and genuinely impressed with your doing so. I visit London often and hope to pop around to your stall some day. :)

    Comment by poppy - April 20, 2007 6:58 am

  2. Hello Poppy! Thanks for visiting my blog! Yes, please come by the stall if you’re ever in Ldn!

    Comment by Tamami - April 20, 2007 1:04 pm

  3. Hey – Like the articule! B-)

    Comment by Barny - April 20, 2007 5:42 pm

  4. Thanks Barny!

    Comment by tamami - April 20, 2007 11:36 pm

  5. Wow! This article is sooo cool! Congratulations!! So- very proud of you.
    I didn’t know you had a dream of writing fictional novels! I love it how I get to discover new things about you each time I read your blog. :)

    Comment by Akiko - April 23, 2007 4:18 am

  6. Hey Aki chan! Thanx!
    Yes, I tried once to write an adventure story, but got stuck in a rut after the 3rd chapter, & so binned it.
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    It was about a boy who lives on a cloud… (I know…, a bit bizarre) – the idea was that right at the end of the story, the reader discovers that the boy they had been reading about was actually a water molecule (?) going through the ‘water cycle’, ie, raining down to the ground, & then evaporating up to the clouds again kinda thing…

    Comment by tamami - April 23, 2007 1:28 pm

  7. Hi

    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!

    G’night

    Comment by tovorinok - July 5, 2007 3:00 am

  8. Hi Tovorinok, thanx!!

    Comment by tamami - July 5, 2007 8:50 am

  9. Dear Tamami! I would so, so very much like to include you in my next big project on markets that I am working on at London College of Fashion (I am doing a BA Fashion Journalism degree there) .. but I cannot seem to find your e-mail anywhere on the site. Would you be as kind as to tell me where I could write you to?
    Or you got mine, I guess. And hope.
    Thanks a million times, former UAL student. :D And the best of luck with all that yummy chocolate.
    Anzej

    Comment by Anzej - October 10, 2009 11:20 pm

  10. Hi Anzej!!!! I’ll write you an email in a moment!

    Comment by tamami - October 11, 2009 1:15 pm

  11. Thank you for sharing ,
    I really liked you motto because it actually mines too:
    “To live each & everyday to the full”. Even when I’m feeling tired, or feeling down, I try to turn thoughts in to action.

    Comment by losangeles estimates Amy - August 28, 2011 12:17 pm

  12. Amy, thank you…!! You’ve actually reminded me of that motto in a time I needed to… x

    Comment by Tamami - August 28, 2011 2:42 pm

 

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