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A Calm Home: Winding Down in the Evening

As time goes on, I begin to appreciate my evening rituals more and more. My evening bath has now become part of my husband's life, and I wanted to share with you some thoughts on creating an end-of-day ritual for you and your family. I love this way to wind down together, yet individually. I believe that a household should be on the same wavelength, and when everyone winds down in the evening, it creates a beautiful, harmonious environment. In Japan, the evening bath is so much more than we can experience without giving it some thought. In a Japanese home, the bath is seen as a way to renew the soul. It is a deep, embedded understanding that when...

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How to Have a Mindful Holiday Season

Things have been so busy around the Amayori loft. I wanted to take a moment to say hello, as this will probably be the last journal entry of the year. I have always been someone who easily becomes overwhelmed, especially when it is work-related. I feel that so much in my life has changed and I have grown so much in the past year that getting frazzled, eating poorly, and eventually burning out as I normally would during the busy holiday season no longer serves me. With a bit of planning and commitment, I am planning for this to be the most enlightened holiday season yet.  Here are a few ways I am staying centered and grounded this season. These...

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Ashiyu: Effortless Relaxation from Japan's Hot Spring Towns

Ashiyu are foot baths that are found in some of Japan’s hot spring town. They are beloved for their lighthearted atmosphere, as they are an easy way to enjoy Japan’s mineral-rich waters with little effort. My last trip to Japan was in mid-spring. There was still a chill in the air, especially in the more remote areas that I ventured to. Toward the end of the trip, I began to feel under the weather. Though I wanted to get into the many nearby onsen (hot spring baths), I didn’t have the energy to undress and dress again. Ashiyu became a relaxing, healing alternative. The mental and physical benefits are many and mimic those of a full-body bath. The mental benefits...

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Slow Beauty, Now Micro-Batched

Since day one, I have been proud and honored to handcraft Amayori’s products. Over the years, I have had people ask me why I don’t have things made in a lab or factory. The truth is, I would never do that, no matter how large Amayori grows.  I have always stayed away from mass-produced foods and prefer to either make things from scratch or to buy from small-scale companies whose backgrounds I know. This philosophy of slow living extends to Amayori and is one of the reasons our products feel so special. Amayori's 5th birthday is coming in November. As Amayori grew, I began making products on a monthly and then bi-monthly basis. Now that I have learned more about...

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A Healing Journey

I always try to keep things light in this journal, and debated writing about what I am about to share for over a month. But then it hit me: If I don’t share something that could help people, what is it all for? It is my sincere hope that this helps even just one of you. If you have a friend who can benefit from reading this, please pass it on. This past June, I was diagnosed with lupus. It was almost a relief, as this meeting with my doctor explained health issues that had been occurring for years, such as what I thought were frequent bouts of the flu, rashes, thinning hair, fatigue, and more. When I reviewed my...

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