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MCed at the JNTO Visit Japan Tourism Seminar in NY! 安部総理もご出席!観光訪日セミナー in ニューヨーク

Last week, I had the greatest honor to MC at the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) "VISIT JAPAN" Tourism Seminar in both English and Japanese, and over 200 media and VIPs attended from the states and Japan! Prime Minister Abe also attended despite his busy schedule, and he shared about all the alluring aspects of Japan and the "omotenashi" spirit in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. From left to right, the special guest speakers for the event were Olympic medalist Ms. Kasumi Ishikawa, Mr. Bobby Valentine, Mr. YOSHIKI from X JAPAN, and Olympic gold medalist Ms. Kaori Icho!

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正力松太郎賞も受賞された千葉ロッテマリーンズ 元監督のボビー・バレンタインさん、
2012年のGolden Globe Awardsのテーマソングを作曲されたX JAPANのYOSHIKIさん、

j3b.jpgScreen Shot 2016-09-28 at 4.35.37 PM.pngThe first person I had a one-on-one talk session with in English on stage was Mr. YOSHIKI from X JAPAN! He was the perfect guest for this event, as he is a true legend representing Japan through his world-famous rock and classical music pieces as well as fashion. He composed and performed a piano concerto to commemorate the Japanese Emperor's 10th anniversary of his reign, created the theme song for the 69th Golden Globe Awards, and the documentary film "We are X" played in theaters all around the globe. During the event, he shared his creative passion and love for Japanese kimono through his "YOSHIKIMONO" collection including a screening of the show's runway and performance. He is one of the most down to earth stars I have ever spoken with, and you will get to see more on the TV episode airing on FCI tomorrow morning!

そして千葉ロッテマリーンズの元監督 ボビー・バレンタインさんにさせて頂きました。


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Then I invited Mr. Bobby Valentine on stage who was the first American to accept a management position in the Pacific League of Japan and also led the Chiba Lotte Marines to its first Asian championship! He was also the first foreign manager to win the prestigious Shoriki Award that is given to the person who contributes the most to Japanese baseball. He shared the Japanese hospitality and cultural experiences he had during his travels across Japan, and because Japanese people were always so welcoming and kindhearted to him, he gave back to the country by conducting a week-long baseball clinic during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami which brought back many, many smiles. (One story he mentioned about his experience in Japan: When he would ask Japanese people to figure out how to get around the city, instead of just receiving directions to get somewhere, they would literally take time out of their day to go to his destination together, and after making sure everything was alright, they would leave without expecting anything in return. This is something I actually experienced as well the very first time I visited Tokyo!) Mr. Valentine's humorous, outgoing, and thoughtful words were very powerful and inspiring. :)



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Lastly, I had a panel discussion in Japanese with Olympic medalists Kaori Icho and Kasumi Ishikawa! Ms. Icho (Olympic gold medalist in wrestling) shared her stories and wonderful aspects of her hometown, Aomori, which is where she lived until age 15. Aomori is well-known for apples, but what I thought was really interesting was a snack called "senbei-jiru." Apparently most people living in Japan have never heard of it either, so it's a very "Aomori" thing! "Senbei" is a Japanese rice cracker that comes in various flavors, shapes, and sizes, and the "shiru" is like a soup. Ms. Icho shared that the senbei specifically made for senbei-jiru usually has a very light flavor, and you dip it into the shiru (often shoyu based) to enjoy! It sounded very yummy and I really hope to try it out one day in Aomori. :) She also share about her hometown's famous matsuri, her favorite "power food" natto, as well as her love for onsen because she can open up and strengthen her friendship with foreign athletes in the relaxing environment. When I asked about her other favorite places in Japan, she mentioned that she trained in the mountains of Niigata (where there used to be no service or anything other than the training facility), and that is where the Japanese wrestling team grew a lot more powerful. She shared that what she loves about Japan and Japanese people the most is that they are extremely hardworking and have the drive to never give up on themselves. Speaking with her made me feel so motivated and gave me the energy to keep aiming higher!




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Ms. Ishikawa is around the same age as me, so she was also very wonderful to speak with! I could immediately feel the super sweet personality she and her mother had when I had a briefing with them prior to the event. Ms. Ishikawa is from Yamaguchi, and she spoke about the beautiful views the city offers including the Kintai(kyo)-bashi. If you ever visit Yamaguchi, be sure to check it outーshe really wants foreigners to go there because of its extremely unique shape that makes it challenging to walk across! When I asked what other activities she would like visitors to do in her hometown, she shared that creating your own ceramic through "hagiyaki" would be a very memorable experience. As for food, she shared that people in Yamaguchi say "fuku" for "fugu" (pufferfish) because they believe eating "fuku" brings lots of happiness and good fortune. Everyone in the venue could tell how much she cherishes her hometown through her big and adorable smile as she spoke!




X Japan YOSHIKI Melodee Morita.JPGI could keep writing on and on about all the stories they shared, but please tune into FCI tomorrow morning to see more from the event! I felt incredibly inspired speaking with some of the most talented and genuine people in this world, and I was so honored to have been a part of this event. Thank you for reading my TV blog, and see you on your TV screen tomorrow around 7:45am (EST)! :)
*Update* : If you missed it on TV, you can watch part of today's airing online HERE!


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Trendylicious: Authentic Japanese Fish Market in NYC! OSAKANA

If you're looking for extremely fresh and tasty fish in the states, OSAKANA is the place to go! This is a new store that opened in New York that provides top quality fish that is on par with what you can taste at places like Tsukiji fish market in Japan. The expertly sourced and prepared fish here is what makes this place extra special, and what they carry each day varies since they only bring in the best of the best. I even discovered some rare fish I've never heard of before while reporting!



Not only do they sell fish that'll be perfect for sushi/sashimi, they also have a selection of fish that are already carefully flavored (such as "miso zuke") so you can create and enjoy Japanese-style fish dishes at home! It instantly feels like you're in Japan when you step into the store, and when you proceed to the back, they provide special classes that'll teach you how to properly prepare and cook fish along with incredible recipes you would've never thought of! If you missed the airing on TV, you can check it out HERE with subtitles by pressing the CC button. Be sure to stop by if you're in the NY area for a happier and healthier diet! :)





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Rio Olympics 2016! リオ五輪

Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start. :) Today I wanted to share some photos from the 2016 Rio Olympics! My brother Andrew was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for an entire month to cover the Olympics for TV, and he sent me awesome photos he took there!

As a dancer myself, I get incredibly inspired and emotional seeing the athletes give it their all for the moment they've prepared for their entire lives. The never-ending hours of practice, dedication, joy, sweat, pain, tears... and I can't even imagine how much pressure they battle as an individual representing their *entire* country. The Rio Olympics was definitely one to remember for Japan, collecting a total of 41 medals which was the highest number of medals in history for the country! :)

とてもタイトスケジュールでしたが、やっぱり故郷 (LA)に帰ると癒されます♪



The following are some of the photos that my brother took in Rio during his business trip!


The infamous Olympics logo at the Copacabana Beach!


Inside the arena before the Gymnastics at the 2016 Rio Olympics.



Sunrise shot from Christ the Redeemer (photo above the sunrise shot) at 6am!


Lastly, here's a photo of my brother and I with our two doggies when he came back!
Both of our dogs were adopted in New York City, and my brother's dog got especially hyper that he almost fainted since he was finally able to meet Andrew after a whole month. :)

そして、1カ月ぶりに会うご主人様にワンちゃんも大喜び!!! 喜びすぎて、気を失いかけました。(^^;

Thank you for checking out my TV blog, and I hope you have an amazing rest of the week!✨

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Trendylicious: NYC's BLACK Ice Cream, Roll Ice Cream, & Ice Cream Cupcake!

I'm back with a brand new TV episode covering the latest and greatest ICE CREAMS in New York City! July is National Ice Cream Month, so what better way to spend a hot day outdoors than enjoying these delicious treats that'll cool you down? :D (Btw sorry it's been so long- I was traveling and was away for a while!) I'm pretty sure many of you have seen the BLACK ice cream that's been all over the internet. Well, I got to try it out for the first time, so I will report to you exactly what it looks and tastes like for you...! Be sure to watch the entire episode to see all the other types of unique ice creams you'll want to have for yourself.<3
Watch the full aired TV episode HERE!


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Infomercial: Keio Academy of New York's Summer Program!

リンク Infomercial: Keio Academy of New York's Summer Program! 

Keio Academy of New York is a private co-educational, international secondary school in Purchase, NY.
They have always been a leader in bilingual, bicultural education, and students from all over the world
come together here in the Summer to gain a valuable experience you cannot find elsewhere.
This year will mark the 9th year of having this two-week program, 
and its unique curriculums aim to not only excel language skills
but also to discover and appreciate cultural differences from around the globe.

Watch the aired TV episode HERE to find out all about the details!


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Melodee Melodee

TV Reporter & Director, Bilingual MC, YouTube Artist, Professional Ballet Dancer.
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