Date
April 20, 2015
Local Time
04:24 pm

As spring color fills landscapes that used to be grey, one word keeps coming to my mind: abundance. When the world wakes up from winter, every little blossom seems like a reminder of how much beauty lies behind our everyday scenery.

Of course, as a mother, I also know that all this abundant new life needs to be taken care of. While my daughter, Alea, blooms before my eyes, it can be a rush to get her to school, swim lessons, and back home on time. As a businesswoman, I know that successes are exciting yet often bring added responsibilities. 

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Date
April 15, 2015
Local Time
11:12 am

There’s no shortage of evidence that red is a captivating color that immediately draws the eye. So it’s no surprise that timeless beauty icons from geisha to Marilyn Monroe to Taylor Swift embrace this striking color as a signature look, versatile for daytime and evening. 

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Date
April 08, 2015
Local Time
05:30 pm

The geisha have shared many secrets with me over the years, but the ones I treasure most are not the beauty tips—although I love each and every one of those too!—but the things they have mentioned in passing or taught me through elegant example. Whenever I am feeling tired or in need of a boost, I find myself returning to these truths and find myself feeling better before long.

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Date
April 03, 2015
Local Time
09:00 am

While I love the adventure of traveling, there’s no denying that airplanes and different time zones take a toll. It’s also more difficult eat healthy foods, and I often find myself choosing convenience over carefully balanced meals. One of my favorite indulgences in Japan is matcha lattes because they blend the best of everything: delicious, nutritious and easy to enjoy on the go. The earthy flavor of the ground green tea helps me feel grounded, and taking the time to enjoy it unburdens my mind. The little dose of caffeine doesn’t hurt, either!

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Date
April 02, 2015
Local Time
09:47 am

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are not just beautiful to look at—they taste good too. Like wasabi or pickled ginger, the sweet-and-sour flavor of the blossoms (preserved with salt and vinegar) is a signature flavor in Japan. 

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  • Enjoying springtime under the cherry blossoms at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Photo by Norico Wood.
Date
April 01, 2015
Local Time
09:44 am

A palpable wave of excitement sweeps across Japan this time each year as cherry blossoms burst forth signaling the arrival of spring. These iconic blooms are beloved not just for their delicate beauty and sweet fragrance, but because they last for such a short time—typically only a day or two before the pale pink petals start fluttering to the ground. 

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Date
March 29, 2015
Local Time
07:29 am

No matter where I am, or how busy my days, I have long turned to nature to find calm, quietude and perspective. Looking at a sky full of stars, a stunning sunset at the beach or even — as happened during a recent visit to Golden Gate Park — the crisp whoosh of a waterfall, they all refresh my spirit and leave me feeling as if I’ve hit an internal reset button, a fresh start at hand.

Waterfalls in particular remind me of being in Kyoto, where they figured prominently in ancient Shinto purification rituals. Over the centuries, cleansing has remained an important part of Japanese culture, and I’m always struck by the sense of balance many of the modern-day habits there play into this.

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Date
March 25, 2015
Local Time
06:04 pm

Starting Tatcha has led to many wonderful things for me: meeting amazing clients, getting a whole new family in my Tatcha team and recreating timeless rituals that help me, and I hope women everywhere, feel more beautiful. One of the best has been beginning again in my career. 

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Date
March 25, 2015
Local Time
02:07 pm

In the adventure of life, sometimes it’s the random meetings that prove most interesting. This was definitely the case when I found myself seated near Brit Morin at an intimate dinner party in Silicon Valley. Brit is young, yet carried herself confidently in a room of experienced businesswomen, exuding a true passion for the kind of creative expression that is at the heart of her namesake website—a mix of tech tips, tricks and colorful DIY projects that attracts millions of views each month. 

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Date
March 18, 2015
Local Time
09:24 am

Although I love the coziness of wintertime, the warmer weather of the first days of spring always brings a stir of excitement. Sunshine, fresh breezes and longer days mean it’s time to open the windows and do some spring cleaning. 

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