Happy 4th of July to my friends in the US! Every year my daughter has begged me to see the fireworks, and every year I’ve insisted it was past her bedtime...so that I could put her to bed and get back to work. 😕 This year I realized that she’s 9.5 years old and has never seen fireworks and also somewhere along the way, I have totally forgotten how to have fun. Now that I know this, I’m working on it! If anyone has advice, I am all ears. In the meantime, here were the fireworks in Sausalito tonight and Alea taking it all in. Her face made it all worth it. Do you remember the first time that you saw fireworks? 🎇🌉🎇
I feel lucky to have caught the end of hydrangea season in Japan. Ajisai, or hydrangea, mark the coming of the summer rains which turn the country into a lush green landscape rich with pops of bright flowers. Just like cherry blossom season, hydrangea season is welcomed with themed sweets and decorative motifs. Here is my friend Mamefuji-san a few years ago with a hydrangea kanzashi (hair ornament) to mark the season. If you are ever in Japan in late June, Kyoto and Kamakura are wonderful places to see them. North of Kyoto in Ohara, there is a temple called Sanzen-in Temple where they even have an annual festival with thousands of hydrangeas in bloom at once. Next time I hope I get to see the heart shaped ones. 🖐 if you love these pom poms of color as much as I do. 😍
Fascinated with footwear? My friend Naito-san took me on a twirl through 2,000 years of Japanese footwear history today! . Naito-san’s grandfather opened Gion Naito, one of the most beloved zori (traditional Japanese sandal) shops in 1845, where his family still makes bespoke, elegant zori for women to wear with kimono today. . He explained that there are two types of traditional Japanese sandals - geta, which have elevated wood bases and zori, soft thonged sandals. . Geta originated as footwear for the rice paddy fields when Japan first started cultivating rice over 2000 years ago so that you don’t sink into the mud (fascinating!) but evolved into fashion footwear later because of the trendsetters in the kabuki arts and the Imperial Palace. Today they are most famously worn by geisha. I have tried my geisha friends’ geta on and felt like a child teetering in my mother’s high heels. At least I gave them a good laugh. . Zori, on the other hand began as indoor slippers and were made out of woven bamboo and cotton but became fashion footwear about 120 years ago when they added leather soles for durability. Today they pair with kimono reminding us of the elegance of the past. . To share this beautiful tradition he loves with a modern world, Naito-san created @naito_jojo , ingenious modern zori using the same traditional techniques and unbelievable knowledge about the balance of the foot, but with unexpected materials like silicone and neoprene so that anyone can feel like they are floating on cloud 9 while they walk about their days! . As I gathered to leave today, Naito-san surprised me by making a custom Tatcha purple set of Jojo’s for me. I didn’t know I could love a shoe so much. . If you love kimono and are ever in Kyoto, Gion Naito is a must visit. And if you’re like me and just want to walk on clouds all day, @naito_jojo all the way. . I love people who love what they do. Thank you for inspiring me and sharing your beautiful tradition with the world, Naito-san!
Ichimura Mamoru, a charming Ukiyoe Woodblock Printer in Kyoto, wins for best “Hours of Operation” sign ever. 🤣 I’ve passed his “World’s Smallest Museum of Ukiyoe” so many times over the years but always rushed by. I’m learning to stop and explore again. He showed me proudly today how he layers the prints color by color, with each piece taking about one week to complete. Not only are his prints beautiful, but as a recovering workaholic, I’ll think of his delightful approach to working hours every time I look at them. I’m grateful for the little lessons I’m finding everywhere on this trip. 😊
I’ve been coming to Japan for 10 years and feel like I’m just now starting to understand how it has healed me from skin to soul. Today we visited one of my favorite places, the D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa to revisit the origins of modern Zen in Japan. If you have ever been interested in learning about Zen, here is a great book and an excerpt I love. May we all rediscover our childlike wonder for the world.
I’m so happy to be back in Tokyo at the Tatcha Institute with our scientists! Nakamura-san, the man behind your favorites like The Dewy Skin Mist and The Silk Canvas, is turning 50 in a few weeks. I’m trying to think of what to get him. He’s a man of few words. We worked together for 5 years before I realized he can speak English. All I really know about him after all these years is that he is scared of deer and he kept a singing bug that he found on an indigo plant in the lab as a pet. Also, he would like to know what you want him to make next for you. 😍
Happy Mother’s Day! @suejentsai thank you for showing me that it’s possible to be both a mom and an entrepreneur and for being @tatcha ‘s biggest supporter. We wouldn’t have made it without you. @donnabevan49 thank you for raising a saint of a man and for being our biggest cheerleader. I treasure every encouraging note you send me, every time I am on QVC. You have both taught me so much about kindness, generosity and responsibility. Alea has the best role models in both of you that a little girl could ever hope for. Thank you for everything you are and everything you do. #happymothersday
People often ask which women I look up to or admire. There are so many who have helped me over the years and I will always be grateful to them, but the ones who inspire me the most are the next generation. When I visit Room to Read's schools and meet the incredible girls there, I am inspired by their irrepressible joy, eagerness to learn, and dreams to improve the world around them. The hard work they are doing and the beautiful community around them give me so much hope for the future. Who are some incredible women in your life? I'd love to hear about them. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD
Dreams do come true! I’m a dancer now. P.S. If you haven’t seen the beautiful and talented @iam_dytto yet, prepare to be blown away. P.P.S. Swipe to see my happy face.
Who’s ready for delicious skin? Our newest treasure is here - visit @tatcha’s stories to learn more about The Dewy Skin Cream!
@danielmartin , I am so proud to be with you tonight at the #hollywoodbeautyawards ! You make everyone around you feel more beautiful, not only with your talent but with the beautiful energy you put into the world. I can’t believe that I get to call you my friend. You are an inspiration and my winner always. I love you baby!!! P.S. Thank you @dior for making me feel like a princess in this dress!
To my husband, 20 things I treasure about you after 20 years together: 1. You didn’t mind that I was the one who proposed to you. 2. You’ve followed me all over the map, always putting my dreams first. 3. On 9/11, you stayed down there looking for me while I just ran home to our apartment. 4. You never once complained when you got sick, even though I know it drained you. 5. You didn’t mind when I sold my engagement ring to start Tatcha, and then lost my wedding ring. Instead you surprised me with a new one! 6. You took care of our newborn daughter when I went right back to work after giving birth. 7. You’ve been the best dad a little girl could ask for ever since and will drop everything to fly a kite with Alea if she asks. 8. You are the invisible co-founder that never asks for credit, but keeps everything going. 9. You didn’t mind when the company took over our apartment, and then our house. 10. Actually it was my mom’s house that we moved into because I couldn’t afford a salary and you were cool with that too. 11. You walked in the rain with holes in your shoes and rolled up your sleeves to cover the holes in your shirts so that I wouldn’t know how bad our finances were. 12. You don’t like animals but have taken care of 5 cats and 2 dogs because I go to the shelter when I get stressed…every Christmas. The fish are on you though. 13. You always let us get a huge fresh Christmas tree, even though you really want a plastic one. (Never....) 14. You’ve spent every holiday packing orders for Tatcha and still make dinners wonderful and Santa come true. 15. You don’t mind that I can’t cook or feed myself. 16. You always make sure that I have money in my wallet, gas in my car and directions to where I’m supposed to be because you know I’ll get lost. 17. You’re still super cute and have a 6 pack. Hooray for me! 18. You still think I’m pretty, even when I’m not. 19. You’re brilliant, silly and humble. 20. You’re my best friend and my better half and I would be lost without you. Happy anniversary, honey. Thanks for putting up with me for 20 years. I forgive you for declining my invitation to take me on a date in college, so many times. It’s ok! I’m over it. 💜
Hello from Japan! I’m back with our adorable scientists at the Tatcha Institute this week! These are a few of the brilliant minds behind all of your favorite formulas, including The Dewy Skin Mist and the new Dewy Skin Cream that’s almost here. Let me know any questions you have for them and we’ll answer as many as we can in Instagram stories tomorrow!
I’ll never forget the day that I got my first email from @makeupbymario . It was in 2010, after I sent out a few packages to artists I admired but didn’t expect to hear back from anyone, especially Mario who was already a rising star. To my amazement he not only took the time to write with kind words of encouragement but surprised me with sweet mentions in magazines whenever asked about how he created his beautiful looks. The first time we spoke on the phone, I wondered aloud why he went out of his way to help someone he barely knew and he shared his own touching story of his family, his career and those who had helped him along the way. Over the years, I’ve watched in awe as his artistry and career blossomed. His Masterclass is an expression of his soul - always wanting to inspire and share so that others might see their dreams come true. When he made the world fall in love with dewy, glowing skin, I was so touched that our Dewy Skin Mist was always in his kit and asked constantly what we could do to support him but he would just smile and say to keep making great formulas. He loved that he was helping to send girls to school around the world each time he supported @tatcha and shared how it made him think of his mom. Finally, about 2 years ago, we chatted about how he was always searching for the right rich, emollient cream to create the base for his signature glowing skin and I realized that not only were we missing this in our collection but we could finally show Mario how much he has meant to us all these years. As I watched Mario debut The Dewy Skin Cream at his epic Masterclass today from my phone in the back of a tuk tuk in Cambodia, I felt my heart swell with pride for all he has accomplished and gratitude that I get to call this beautiful, humble, tireless and talented man my friend. Mario, thank you for always believing in and inspiring us. Your friendship has meant more to me than I can express. I know that your mom is so, so proud of you. Please get some rest. Love you so much!
Mommy is so proud of you, Alea. May you always make other people’s happiness, your happiness.
When Alea was four, she went with me to Cambodia to learn about @tatcha ’s work with @roomtoread ’s Girls' Education Program. There we met Kall Kann, Room to Read’s country director for Cambodia at the time. Kall is a kind, boisterous man whose passion for education is infectious. As we visited schools together, he shared his remarkable story with us. Like so many in Cambodia, Kall’s life was shaped by war. As a boy, Kall found himself orphaned and living in a concentration camp, wondering each day if he would die from starvation or execution. When he emerged from the concentration camp four years later, Kall felt broken but found strength in the memory of his parents, who taught him the value of an education and giving back. Kall not only put himself through school, but went on to earn a Master's degree and his work has benefitted over 300,000 children through the building of schools, libraries and driving educational development in Cambodia. Towards the end of our trip together in 2014, Kall confided that his remaining wish was to build a library in honor of his father. Room to Read did not have a project planned for the area where Kall’s father is from so Alea decided that this would be her mission. She asked to forego birthday and Christmas gifts (except from Santa) in favor of getting donations for both Room to Read and Kall’s personal library. Five years and many lemonade stands, bake sales and one GoFundMe later, we are headed back to Cambodia to visit Kall & Alea’s library, which will serve 300 primary school children north of Phnom Phen. Watching this library come to life has been a dream come true for both Kall and Alea. Kall is a real life superhero and sparked in Alea the belief that dreams do come true if you work hard enough for them, and the dreams we have for others are the ones most worth fighting for. We’ll be with Kall tomorrow to visit the library and meet the children for the first time and will be sharing our visit on Instagram stories. If you have any words of encouragement for the children we are meeting, write them below and we’ll be sure to share!
When my team tells me to "look badass" 😂 I was so honored to be included in InStyle's roundup of women doing "badass" work—it's beyond what I could have dreamed to be a part of such amazing company. I also wanted to be sure to recognize the truly incredible women who are badasses every single day: the girls around the world working hard for their education against all odds, and the mothers who fight for them to have a better life. I've been lucky enough meet some of them and seen the joy and hope they bring their community with something as simple yet powerful as a book, a mentor, or a day at school. In fact I’ll be in Cambodia this week to see @roomtoread ’s amazing work in action again. Thank you to @RoomtoRead for the work you do to support them, thank you @InStyle for the honor and most of all, thank YOU for making girls’ education around the world possible!
Everyone's a winner! It was beautiful to hear the advice you would give your nine-year old self. There were also wonderful reminders for people of any age: be kind to yourself, find something every day to make you smile, never stop chasing your dreams, and don't forget to play! You can see our winner's advice, above, but Alea and I wanted to thank each and every one of you for sharing your wisdom. As a little gift, please feel free to use the code BIRTHDAYWISDOM on your next Tatcha order to enjoy a mini version of Alea's favorite - the Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. The code will be good through February 4th! Enjoy and thank you again for all your amazing advice.
It’s our birthday! Tatcha launched into stores the same day my daughter, Alea was born and both turn 9 years old today. To celebrate, Alea picked her 9 favorite pieces from our collection to share with one lucky winner. Alea would love to know - what advice would you give to your 9 year old self? She’ll pick the winner this weekend! Update: WOW! We are overwhelmed and so touched by all the beautiful pearls of wisdom below! Alea is almost done reading them al and will announce a winner Monday AM. She’s not the fastest reader yet 🙈 and we had 900+ love notes to enjoy.