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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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The Home Alter: Creating Your Sacred Space

In most Japanese homes, you will find some sort of special space, usually a shrine or altar. They tend to be either Buddhist or Shinto-themed. Or they can be as simple as a tokonoma – an outlet with a hanging scroll and flower arrangement. These spaces in the home serve as places of worship and meditation and are where people pray to their ancestors. Drawing on this Eastern wisdom, we can create a sacred space in our homes that serves as a place to reconnect with ourselves, take a pause, and refocus our intentions. You can put anything on your alter – what’s important is the objects’ meaning to you. Today I wanted to share my home altar with you....

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How to Buy, Brew, Store & Order Sencha Green Tea

Not much comforts the heart and mind like a cup of well-prepared green tea. Stopping for a moment during a busy day and enjoying a small cup of tea can easily bring us back to our center. There is a magical beauty to its simplicity. Green tea also has incredible health benefits and is known for its strong antioxidant profile. It is good for the body, both internally and externally. Topically, green tea is one of the most revered Japanese skincare ingredients available, and its consumption is one of the reasons that Japanese women tend to have such radiant skin. Today, I want to talk about brewing the perfect cup of green tea because I have seen so many people...

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