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Kosuga Bamboo Arrives at Tortoise!

Kosuga tea set - $865

This bamboo set includes a hamdmade lacquered tea bowl, matcha wisk, matcha powder container, matcha scoop and carrier for the whisk.

Clockwise from the left:

Black basket vase $126, Woven waste basket $140, Natural basket vase (small) $142, Bamboo chopsticks $15-40, Knotted chopstick rest $7, Rectangular chopstick rest $6

Clockwise from the left:

Bamboo tray (small) $70, Bamboo tray (medium) $88, Bamboo tray (large) $104, Bamboo oil diffuser $84, Portable bamboo incense container and holder $72, Bamboo potpourri holder $72


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TGS Lunch - Akiko's Mixed Corn Rice, Tofu Steaks and Summer Vegetable Miso Soup

Continuing our Staff Lunch series this summer, we have Akiko's 'Mixed Corn Rice', 'Tofu Steak with Onion Dressing', and 'Summer Vegetable Miso Soup'.

Recipes for all 3 refreshing summer recipes can be found down below!

Tofu Steak Recipe: 

  • Tofu (2 packs) – soft or firm – your preference
  • Onion – 1
  • Dashi – 3.5 tablespoons
  • Millet sugar – 4 tablespoons
  • Sake – 4 tablespoons
  • Mirin – 4 tablespoons
  • Shoyu – 4 tablespoons
  • Salt – pinch
  • Potato starch...

TGS Lunch - Akiko's Tonjiru and Kinpira Gobo

Whether eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, rice and miso soup are central to Japanese cuisine and a treasured part of Japanese food culture.  Frequently prepared alongside other dishes like grilled fish, egg omelettes and fermented pickles, regional palate preferences across Japan can sometimes dictate flavors. Kansai (Western Japan) preferring konbu dashi (seaweed based broth) while Kanto (Tokyo area) preferring darker, fishier flavors with bonito based broth.

While the pairing is a staple of nearly every Japanese meal, rice and miso soup have a seemingly infinite number of tasty and creative variations.  This summer at Tortoise we will be...

Tokyo Fashion Now Available at Tortoise: Styles from Asahi, Comoli & Aeta

Tokyo's latest styles have descended on Tortoise, and we're happy to announce select pieces from Comoli, Asahi and Aeta's Spring 2019 collection landing on our shelves.  All three lines evoke the edgy and utilitarian streets of Tokyo, reflecting a strong attention to detail that Tokyo's fashion is famous for.  Get to know more about the brands below:




Sneakerheads worldwide are buzzing about Asahi's exciting SS19 line up of classic designs from their original 1970's collection that pioneered the belted leather sneakers among many groundbreaking kicks.  As Nike's primary sneaker manufacturer in the 70's...

Preserving and Re-imaging Japanese Craft with F/style

Emi Igarashi and Wakana Hoshino, both born in Niigata Japan, co-founded the brand 'F/style' in 2001.

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Both graduates from Tohoku University of Art & Design, they joined together to create a brand centered around 'the art of marking things' or 'monozukuri' as it is known in Japanese.  

F/style serves a focused mission to re-popularize ancient Japanese craft by applying them to contemporary designs that can exist within a wide-range of modern aesthetics.

F/style's open air showroom in Niigata is a perfect reflection of the duo's shared appreciation for subtle beauty....