• Photo from Kyoto courtesy of Kyoko Getz.
Date
October 22, 2014
Local Time
04:13 pm

In Japan—unlike San Francisco—you truly experience four distinct seasons. While I love the warmth of summer, the extreme weather can have a strong impact on the skin. As the colors change and the air grows cooler, I am ready to shed away the summer skin. I love the feeling of clearing away the debris of summer to reveal fresh, fall-ready skin.

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  • One of my favorite cities with one of my favorite people.
Date
October 16, 2014
Local Time
02:42 pm

As you may know, TATCHA is firmly rooted in two worlds: the ancient city of Kyoto, Japan and the high-tech hub of San Francisco, my home. Both cities offer stunning landscapes and expansive natural beauty with old-world history sitting alongside cutting-edge modernity. Both are celebrated cities with vibrant culinary traditions, esteemed artists and beloved cultural institutions.

I have found that the two cities share a distinctive kind of mindfulness, a movement towards simplicity that resonated with me deeply. I never tire of walking the streets in Kyoto or San Francisco, because there is still so much to be discovered.

Today, I am delighted to share with you a few Bay Area places that have earned a special place in my heart.

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Date
October 10, 2014
Local Time
04:43 pm

When I worked with some of the big beauty companies, talk of facials involved finding the newest technologies available, often involving bulky-looking laser and LED equipment. Several years ago, that notion was turned on its head. I met Kyoko Getz, a renowned esthetician and Kyoto native now based in Beverly Hills. Her facial room is delightfully spare, creating a simple, tranquil space. She taught me that one of the best and most visible benefits of facials comes from massage, not new-fangled machinery.

In Chapter One, Section One of the 200-year-old beauty book that inspired our skincare collection, the author describes the importance of facial massage. Taking a few minutes each day to revitalize the face with your fingers revitalizes the face, leaving skin awakened and glowing. Today, scientific research supports this by documenting the many benefits of microcirculation on signs of aging ranging from hyperpigmentation to dull, tired skin.

I was inspired by this discovery and the rich history behind it. Together with Kyoko and jeweler Elizabeth Rose, we created the Akari Gold Massager—a modern tool of beauty based on centuries of techniques and refinement and asked her to share some her expertise with us here.

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  • Jewelry designer Elizabeth Rose in San Francisco for a meeting about creating an updated version of Tatcha's Akari massager. Photo by Thor Swift.
Date
October 10, 2014
Local Time
03:15 pm

Just as a chance encounter with a geisha inspired me to create TATCHA, another chance encounter helped bring to life one of Japan’s most beloved rituals. In Paris for a conference, I rushed to take a seat just as the presentation began. The woman next to me was Elizabeth Rose, a jewelry designer from New York. She was fascinated to learn that geisha had used jade and gemstone massagers to boost circulation, achieving a healthy, natural glow.

I sensed right then that she would be the perfect person to help us create a special tool that could help modern women achieve these same benefits. To my surprise and delight, she was just as excited about the project as I was, and we collaborated on the Akari Massager, made of crystal with gold flakes suspended inside. When beauty editors wrote about its almost “magical” ability to achieve complexion perfection, it quickly sold out.

When we set out to create more, we wanted to make it even more effective and luxurious. Gold-leafing was the natural choice. Like its predecessor, this massager is based on the acupressure tools used for centuries; it is slightly longer and features a thermal core that can retain heat or cold for maximum benefit. The massager boosts circulation and stimulates muscles, resulting in a facelift-like effect that improves skin’s tone and texture—especially when used daily. The tool is also the secret behind the glow imparted in our signature facial treatments. I asked Elizabeth Rose to share some of her secrets with us during a recent visit to our San Francisco headquarters.

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  • The first step is to measure and attach the Tatcha custom washi paper, using a scale based on the bottom of the glass.
Date
September 30, 2014
Local Time
05:37 pm

In many cultures, joyous occasions are marked with a shared drink. Whether drinking Japan’s famous sake, a dark IPA or apple juice (like my daughter), the clink of glasses is synonymous with celebration and hospitality. 

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  • Starry Sky Photo by Mike Lewinski
Date
September 11, 2014
Local Time
12:01 am

Every year, when the anniversary of 9/11 appears on the calendar, I am reminded how everything changed in a heartbeat. I was working in finance, and my then-fiancé and I worked on separate floors of a building connected to the Twin Towers.

The events of that day put instantly my life into crystal-clear perspective. Like many, I vowed to cherish each moment and stop taking even the smallest things for granted. In the years since, however, the very real demands of living in a big city, raising a family and starting a company have commanded more of my time and attention.

To become more mindful in my life and to return to practicing everyday gratitude, I began exploring meditation techniques. I learned that the exercises—deep breathing, focusing on the heartbeat, relaxing the body—are all a means to an end. The real goal of meditation is to become present in the moment, appreciating beauty and sharing yourself completely with those around you.

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Date
September 05, 2014
Local Time
04:32 pm

The beauty rituals of the geisha fascinate me endlessly, and inspire everything we create here at TATCHA. Honed by generations of women, their secrets feature pure, natural ingredients and centuries-old techniques that are as effective today as they were in the Edo period. I learned that often, their recipes are mixed in small batches to maintain purity and maximize benefits.  To share these secrets with modern women everywhere, we worked with renowned chemists to marry these ancient methods with advanced scientific technologies..

One of these outstanding chemists—and the head of our new TATCHA Institute—is Masato Tagawa. A world-renowned skincare chemist and gifted educator, Tagawa-san is a pleasure to work with and a true visionary when it comes to skincare. I am honored to introduce him here and share his story with you.

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Date
August 22, 2014
Local Time
02:01 pm

As a mother and CEO, I often think about leadership—how I can be a better role model to my daughter, and a role model to my company.

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Cambodia to visit the programs run by Room to Read, was seeing Erin Ganju in action. The Room to Read co-founder and CEO is one of the main reasons we decided to partner with the organization; her leadership makes it as efficient and effective as it is sincere in its mission. 

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  • Kall Kann reading with his students in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Date
August 08, 2014
Local Time
09:57 am

My travels to Cambodia with Room to Read have been profoundly meaningful experiences for me. On my first visit, I found myself touched most by the dedication of the students and mothers’ determination to change their daughters’ lives.
On my second visit, I realized that the incredible passion and leadership of the Room to Read global team are integral to the success of this organization. From the country directors across Asia and Africa who bring the best practices in literacy and education to each school and library to the social mobilizers or mentors who become intimately connected to the family life of each girl supported by Room to Read—at every level, Room to Read exhibits a passion and commitment that is truly admirable.

In Cambodia, all of those involved in this effort have shared the challenge of rebuilding their lives after a tumultuous history.  Room to Read’s Country Director in Cambodia, Kall Kann, has personally experienced the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime and yet has turned this experience into a passion for helping a generation of students pursue their dreams. His heroism is not the kind that sparks headlines or parades, but yet he transforms and saves lives each and every day. I am honored to have had the chance to speak with him and wanted to share some of his thoughts with you.

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  • Watching the sunrise near Angkor Wat was a truly calming and mesmerizing meditative experience.
Date
July 22, 2014
Local Time
01:37 pm

Perhaps it’s not surprising that Kyoto and Siem Reap both resonate with me so deeply—both are ancient capital cities lush with natural beauty and countless temples. Another similarity is the hospitality one feels during every interaction, no matter how small—from a smile on the street to incredibly accommodating rickshaw drivers who seem to transport you in time as well across town.

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