On this day of love and affection, I am reminded of what the friends and family of Tatcha mean to me. The passion and stories you have shared are a humbling reminder of our reason for being. Each time you reach out to us, I am honored to hear from you. From a mother seeking a way to soothe her daughter’s skin, to women and men discovering a better daily ritual—each of your stories is a reflection of our incredible community. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making Tatcha a place where beautiful stories are not only told, but shared with us, too.
This day of love also reminds me of the wisdom from a wall hanging inside an okiya (geisha house) in Kyoto. Many of the houses post their guiding principles in a prominent position, but this one, which shows five ways a heart can be beautiful, still resonates powerfully. It reads:
The Five Hearts
- A gentle and obedient heart, to have the heart to say “yes”;
- An apologetic heart, to say “I’m sorry” and admit and reflect on mistakes;
- A modest heart, to honor others for their accomplishments;
- A volunteering heart, to say “I will do it” without the thought of benefit;
- An appreciative heart, to say “Thank you.”
Beauty begins in the heart and mind—and you are an embodiment of this truth.