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Creating Ryokan-Style Comfort In Your Home

One of my greatest hopes with Amayori is that it will pique your interest and inspire travel to Japan. Should you ever make the journey, I highly suggest spending at least part of your trip at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). The hospitality at these establishments is unlike anything else. From the second you arrive, it’s as if your every desire is anticipated and cared for before it even crosses your mind. Below are a few of the subtle, small touches that all contribute to a harmonious stay. I love to incorporate these into my home, especially during the holiday season. Seasonal Flowers and/or Art: Most ryokan rooms, and Japanese homes for that matter, have a special outlet called...

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How to Take a Japanese Bath at Home (Part 2): The Ritual of the Bath

I have written before on how to set up for the Japanese bath at home, which outlines helpful first steps in creating the mood for a tranquil, meditative environment. This is such an important part in Japanese bathing and creating an experience as opposed to an everyday bath. To read that journal entry, please click here. Today I want to focus on the actual ritual of bathing. This is wisdom I learned along the way and continue to experience during my travels to Japan. Bathing in this manner can be a life-changing tool that can help you achieve a more calm, fulfilled, balanced life. Though I love the idea of bathing on a daily basis for relaxation, be realistic about...

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What “Japanese Beauty” Means to Me

Recently, after a long vacation on which I did lots of meditating, I felt the call to go deeper and share my passions and journey more with you. From now on, please join me for more intimate conversations on this journal. My greatest hope has always been to share what I have learned on my journey with others, so, here we go. Let's start with the term "Japanese beauty", which has been a bit of a buzzword lately and will become more of one in the future. When I think of the term “Japanese beauty,” I’m not usually referring to beauty products as one may think. I am referring to something so much deeper and more meaningful. I am referring to...

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The Japanese Wellness Ritual of the Daily Soak

Earlier this August, I had an experience in Japan that shifted my perception on bathing. I was staying at the house of a friend’s family and, as in true Japanese culture, I was offered to use the bath first. In Japan, where almost everyone bathes every night, it is traditional for families and guests to share bath water (perfectly OK since in Japan one showers off first). I took my soak and lingered as I often do — for 30 minutes or so. When I got out of the bath I had a sense I did something wrong. I begged my friend to tell me if I made a cultural faux-pas. She pulled me aside and explained that I had...

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A Summer Wrap Up: Putting the Pieces Together

This summer we made a handful of major upgrades to key products in the Amayori collection. I never want Amayori to be a brand with an overwhelming amount of products. My goal has been, and always will be, to focus on creating the most beautiful, high-quality products that recreate the Japanese bathing ritual experience for you. In the spirit of the Japanese practice of kaizen (continuous improvement), rather than adding to the collection, this sometimes means reformulating and improving as I discover incredible sources for Japanese skincare ingredients and experience their benefits. This summer we had two such improvements. First, we made an upgrade to what was The Luxury Bath Salts. Though the original was fantastic, the new Shizumi Luxury...

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