The Amayori Sento — Japanese Wellness


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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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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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The Shizumi Luxury Bath Salt Ingredients: Time-Honored Japanese Skin Care & Wellness

The Shizumi Luxury Bath Salts are a dedication to traditional Japanese wellness and Japan’s artisanally grown ingredients. These ingredients have been used for skin care as well as in the Japanese diet for centuries and are truly time-honored treasures. We have hand-selected each ingredient for its effect on the body (both skin and overall wellbeing), as well as the integrity of the growing and harvesting process. Here is a chance to learn a bit more about the incredible ingredients that go into this very special wellness treatment. The Salts: Dead Sea Salts, Israel: Unrefined and therefore extremely high in minerals, Dead Sea salts are soothing and softening to the skin. They also soothe and relax the muscles. Pink Himalayan Salt,...

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The J-Beauty Trend

Over the past six months I have seen a huge amount of interest from beauty editors in the Japanese beauty, or J-beauty, trend. People are comparing it to the K-beauty (Korean beauty) trend which again, is interesting. Korean beauty uses a lot of bells and whistles. It’s fun, cute, exciting, and somewhat gimmicky. The Korean beauty trend has pumped out numerous products per month – there is always something new and different. So, what about Japanese beauty? At its core Japanese beauty is simple, somewhat austere, refined, elegant, and minimal. Japanese skincare ingredients are time-honored. There is nothing flashy about them. Japanese women know what works and they stick with it. They do invest a lot in skincare, but not...

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