What's with all the cherry blossoms?

Where did your logo come from?

When my husband and I got married, we decided to create a family crest. In this case, we developed a Japanese variant called a mon (why Japanese instead of something classically European and medieval...I think it's because we watched too much anime). I can't tell you why we made it; I guess it just felt right. And anyway, we both have it tattooed on our bodies now, so that virtually guarantees we'll never be divorced (then we wouldn't match!) 😀

I was completing my first year of medical school when we married, and Robert had just completed his training in Massage Therapy at MTTI. Therefore, we felt the hand - called a Hamsa - was appropriate to both our professions.

The cherry blossom in the center represents the brief span of our lives; it's there to remind us to use our time wisely.

The line under the Hamsa is the Japanese symbol for "one" or "first." In some cases, it means "the first born," or the "first warrior on the battle field." We liked the designation, as we had already experienced - and done - many firsts in our family (we were the unconventional kids that confounded our parents by doing totally bizarre things...ask us sometime, we'll share some good stories). We believe strongly that "silence is consent," which is why I feel the symbolism of being "first on the battlefield" isn't's simply duty.

The circle represents the "great circle," as represented in most world mythologies. It is a reference to both our inner selves and our relationship to the greater world. In essence, our mon can be summed up by this wonderful quote from the great mythologist, Joseph Campbell:

“And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.”