For the Love of the Forest

Kenji Usuda's Serene Sculptures Arrive from Hokkaido

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Hasami Porcelain

Designer, Takuhiro Shinomoto of Tortoise

Interview with Taku

Sori Yanagi

Often listed amongst legendary masters of industrial design like Charles and Ray Eames and Arnie Jacobsen, Yanagi is considered to be one of Japan's most influential product designers and leader of the Industrial post-war design movement in Japan.  Credited as the father of Japanese modern design, Yanagi's bent plywood stool,  the "BUTTERFLY STOOL", which was designed in 1956, is currently part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NY.

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Tenugui Multi-Purpose Cloths

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Himukashi Reversible Socks

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sensory indulgence: Bathing culture

Instead of the American practice of bath or shower, in Japan the answer is always bath and shower. Showering always comes first - then comes a more spiritual cleansing that involves a full submersion in the tub. Read on to get our deep dive into Japanese bathing culture at the jump!

New Items: Atelier Delphine

Japanese-born L.A.-based designer Yuka Izutsu created Atelier Delphinein 2011 to fill the void of elevated, contemporary loungewear she noticed in her own wardrobe.  Her fluid silhouettes and luxurious basics are carefully crafted with the highest quality material sourced from Japan, India, Peru, Italy and beyond. Atelier Delphine's SS22 collection has finally landed at Tortoise.

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Tortoise - Then and Now

For 15 years, Tortoise General Store resided on a popular pedestrian street called Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice Beach, CA. See our old location with this video featuring Tortoise owners, Keiko Shinomoto and Taku Shinomoto - produced for Mira Mira and shot by photographer, Mario Testino.