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One in a Million

The holidays are a beautiful time with festive decorations at every turn and plenty of joyous gatherings. It can be very easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the season. For me, reflecting on the work that we do with Room to Read helps slow things down and find meaning this time of year.

 

“With your help, our goal is to reach a million days by the end of the year.”
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A Season of Joy

One of the many charms about Kyoto is that its four seasons are distinctly beautiful. In winter, the snowfalls create glittering white vistas, frosting temple roofs and footbridges. By night, parks are illuminated by snow lanterns while toasty baths in natural hot springs or hinoki cypress tubs are enjoyed. Even tea is prepared and served differently: a kettle is heated in a hearth called a kama and brewed tea is sipped from seasonal cups that retain warmth. I love that even in the snowy hush of winter, the Japanese make it a time of year that feels festive and cozy. 

 

“each package is put together with the spirit of bringing you joy”
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Journey to Kyoto

I began Tatcha as a love song to Kyoto and to share the treasures and stories from my journey. Kyoto is where it all began, where a new approach to beauty unfolded before me. When the Four Seasons reached out, inviting Tatcha as a brand partner and marquee facial for their newest property in Kyoto, it was a dream come true.

 

“I saw a place where craft and honor drive everyday life”
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Wrapped in a Dream

Whenever I visit Kyoto, I am mesmerized by the countless craftsmen who have honed their arts, steeped in centuries of tradition. But what I find especially inspiring in Kyoto is the way these timeless arts elevate the everyday. Our Yume Bracelets are made from a gold-threaded Japanese brocade that was once reserved for nobles and brides. Masaki Hirose-san, the artisan behind the bracelets, transformed this storied fabric into an elegant accessory that can be enjoyed in a new way.

“made exclusively by imperial looms and valued as highly as precious gems were in the West”

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Caring for your Eyes

Eyes are one of the first things I notice when I meet someone. When I think of the most beautiful women I’ve met, their beauty is reflected in the kindness and joy in their eyes. Regardless of age, expressive eyes are undeniably appealing, but they also need a little extra care because of the delicate skin around them.

“The good news is there are simple and effortless ways to care for your eyes.”
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