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Sustainable Little Tokyo Presents: Bokashi Composting Workshop with Amy Honjiyo - Saturday, May 13th! - tortoise general store

Sustainable Little Tokyo Presents: Bokashi Composting Workshop with Amy Honjiyo - Saturday, May 13th!

Sustainable Little Tokyo’s Cycle of Food Coordinator, Amy Honjiyo, starts her workshops with a single Japanese word: もったいない (mottainai).  A Japanese idiom referring to 'waste', or...

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Tenugui All Day ~ A Day in the Life of the Magical Tenugui Cloth - tortoise general store

Tenugui All Day ~ A Day in the Life of the Magical Tenugui Cloth

Helping the environment often seems out of reach.  Our problems can feel massive and complex, and it's difficult to see how our small choices affect big problems. But what if...

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How To Make Re-Usable Tenugui Cling Wraps for a Plastic Free Experience! - tortoise general store

How To Make Re-Usable Tenugui Cling Wraps for a Plastic Free Experience!

Disposable cling wraps offer convenience, but aren't earth friendly.  If you've ever had to seal a can of cat food or wrap your kid's lunch...

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APRIL & SEPTEMBER / Good Company with Calligraphy Master Aoi Yamaguchi - tortoise general store

APRIL & SEPTEMBER / Good Company with Calligraphy Master Aoi Yamaguchi

Our ninth and eleventh installment of Good Company features Master Calligrapher Aoi Yamaguchi.   Aoi began studying calligraphy at age six, earning the distinction of Master...

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Pizza + Toast Equals Classic Comfort Food (Balmuda's Toaster Oven Recipe) - tortoise general store

Pizza + Toast Equals Classic Comfort Food (Balmuda's Toaster Oven Recipe)

Nothing says Japanese comfort food quite like pizza toast, and nothing makes pizza toast quite like Balmuda’s elegant and modern toaster oven. The dish is...

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Sake Stories: Uka - tortoise general store

Sake Stories: Uka

Like so many descendants of immigrants, Ross Koda, feels a pull to two different places.  The grandson of a man once called "the Rice King"...

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Crafty Fun for Kids and Adults: Rustic Natural Dye Eggs to Celebrate Spring - tortoise general store

Crafty Fun for Kids and Adults: Rustic Natural Dye Eggs to Celebrate Spring

The return of spring brings with it a bounty of colors, and we're inspired to celebrate with this simple and fun craft project using natural dye.  At...

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MARCH / Good Company With Naoko Zaima, Sogetsu Ikebana Artist - tortoise general store

MARCH / Good Company With Naoko Zaima, Sogetsu Ikebana Artist

Naoko Zaima - Interview: ET: Naoko, we're so excited to be in your good company this month.  What will you be sharing with us during...

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Sake Stories: Moon Bloom - tortoise general store

Sake Stories: Moon Bloom

At first glance, the 120-year old Wakayabashi brewery based in Nagano fits the mold of a traditional sake brewery.  Nestled at the basin of a large...

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