One of the first things I learned when I met a real geisha is that geisha, or geiko as they’re called in Kyoto, translates to “art person.” They are the living, breathing embodiment of classical Japanese arts, perfecting their work every moment of every day. Every geisha I’ve met brings a timeless tradition to life in her own way.
That’s why I feel such a close connection to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. For the past fifty years, this iconic museum has brought a world-class collection of contemporary and ancient artworks. Their thought-provoking exhibits bring Eastern art to Western audiences, aligning with Tatcha’s mission to bring classical Japanese beauty rituals to modern women everywhere.
I was fortunate on one my visits to the museum to meet Akiko Yamazaki, Chair Commissioner and Trustee of the Asian Art Museum through a dear mutual friend. Akiko is one of the warmest people I’ve met, and we instantly bonded over a shared love for Kyoto and Japanese art. In addition to being an expert in the arts, Akiko is also a highly accomplished equestrian and owns championship-winning horses. Her eye for craftsmanship and artistry is an inspiration, and has helped lead me to new discoveries.
In honor of the Asian Art Museum’s 50th Commemoration and Golden Gala, I am so excited for you to get to know Akiko.
“Some journeys will culminate in a definite result and some journeys are for the long haul…”