Date
December 19, 2014
Local Time
08:00 am

At work, I sometimes plug in my headphones to listen to classical music. However, as the holidays draw near and my daughter fills the house with lively Christmas music, I find myself seeking something a bit more calming.

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Date
December 17, 2014
Local Time
04:41 pm

Our name, Tatcha, derives from a Japanese word referring to the beauty of a single standing flower. While I love to see a gorgeous tree lit up and lovingly decorated, many homes (including small San Francisco apartments) simply don’t have the space for them. 

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Date
December 12, 2014
Local Time
01:30 pm

 I am on my way to my final show with Lisa Robertson—which has made me realize how much this amazing woman has affected me. 

As an entrepreneur, you grow accustomed to hearing the word “no.” My first three years at Tatcha, I heard the word so often I grew inured to it. I can count on one hand the number of times I heard “yes.” So when you meet someone who does say “yes”—yes, I believe in you, I love what you are doing—it means so much as a creator, as an entrepreneur and as a person. 

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  • Kikuno-San, one of three remaining geishas in Nara, being calm amid the bustle of Wall Street earlier this year. Photo by Andy Matias.
Date
December 10, 2014
Local Time
05:02 pm

The geisha I have met inspire me to make an effort to be more mindful and experience joy in small moments. This holiday season, instead of rushing about and stressing over gifts and dinners, I hope to find more peaceful time with my loved ones and find new ways to savor this most beautiful season.

Over the next few weeks, I will share some of my favorite ways to simplify, center myself and be fully present. It’s still a work in progress, so I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

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  • A close up of Tatcha's custom washi paper, featuring our mon, moongrass and other motifs that represnt our heritage. Photos by Miki Chisaki.
Date
December 03, 2014
Local Time
05:11 pm

Whether giving or receiving, gifts always warm my heart. The surprise and delight of a shared moment is one I always cherish, even more than the contents inside. Over the years, I have come to appreciate more and more another aspect of the process: the presentation. Whether for a birthday, a holiday, or just because, the wrapping of a gift communicates the giver’s care and affection for the recipient.

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  • Tea Collection founder Emily Meyer at the company's San Francisco headquarters. Photo by Carol Vaziri.
Date
December 02, 2014
Local Time
05:34 pm

My daughter Alea’s favorite outfit, by far, is a kimono-inspired dress, which she says reminds her of my travels. Although she hasn’t fit in it for years, she insists on keeping it in her room. The beautiful dress was created by Tea Collection, a company started by two mothers with a shared love for travel. Their designs capture the spirit of their travels and are inspired by the cultures they encounter along the way. 

In addition to their beautiful clothing, I love the sense of adventure that Tea Collection embodies and admire Emily Meyer and Leigh Rawdon for the amazing company they have created. I was delighted to have the chance to speak with Emily about the brand, and we are excited to partner with them for a giveaway: Enter at the bottom of this blog post for the chance to win one of three prizes.

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  • Fall Skincare for Autumn Skin 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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