Latest Story

A timeless lesson

As an entrepreneur, my mind is often anticipating new challenges and planning my journeys. Finding time for a few moments of meditation can be difficult, but transitioning from my busy work schedule to quietude is often the bigger challenge. Although I understand the many health benefits of meditation and have read dozens of books and articles about it, my mind still wanders. In frustration, I even gave up for a couple of weeks. 


“Listening to Alea’s approach to meditation eased much of the pressure I had felt ...”

Read More

Unfolding Good Luck

No trip to Kyoto is complete without visiting Miyawaki baisen-an, the legendary maker of some of Japan’s finest folding fans, called sensu. Exploring the abundant collection in this store and meeting with Mr. Takashima, the proprietor, has become a favorite ritual. Every year, he selects a fan for me that he feels best suits my personality, and I add it to my collection. While I have always appreciated the aesthetic and practical beauty of the fans, after he explained the long history and cultural symbolism of fans, my appreciation for these elegant keepsakes expanded exponentially.  

Read More

Turning Over a New T Leaf

Welcome to the Tatcha T House, our new blog and virtual gathering spot for sharing our adventures and discoveries about living more simply, beautifully and in the moment.

The name reflects a love of the many tea houses, or ocha-ya, hosted by geisha in Kyoto. From the very first time I parted the curtains and stepped inside, I instantly felt at ease and welcomed as if I were a longtime friend.

Listening to Alea’s approach to meditation eased much of the pressure I had felt ...

Read More

Travel Diary: Simplifying your Suitcase

Frequent trips between Kyoto and San Francisco have led me to discover many delightful treasures, but I’ve also learned a few things about the art of traveling too. From broken luggage to arriving at a destination with what I call “plane face,” I’ve experienced many of its less-than-glamorous aspects. Fortunately, getting elegantly from Point A to Point B can be easier with a little planning. Here are a few of my favorite tips:  

Read More

Five Tips for Bright Eyes

As much as I love travelling and discovering new treasures, sometimes the shifting time zones and multiple flights can take a toll on my skin, especially around my eyes. Here are some of my favorite ways to soothe and refresh my eyes after a long journey.

Read More
load more