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tortoise kitchen unveiled for new pre-fab project  / TGS taku shinomoto x OMD jennifer siegal

Hasami Porcelain designer and Tortoise owner Taku Shinomoto has a lifetime of experience, having formerly worked as an in-house furniture designer at Idée in Tokyo, Japan for 13 years before moving to the U.S.

Having designed shelving, cabinetry and furniture for Tortoise for the last 15 years along with parts of his newly renovated home in Venice (most recently featured in Dwell), Taku has decided to start a new design venture: custom add-on kitchen units for pre-fabricated homes.  

This venture is a collaborative project between Tortoise and renowned Southern Californian Prefab Designer, Jennifer Siegal.

As a long time Tortoise customer, Siegal...

axe 'pre-order + pick up' pancake batter event!


AXE and Tortoise have a friendship spanning over 15 years and 2 very big moves.  Since working side by side together on Abbot Kinney from 2003 to 2014, we have had 3 AXE events at Tortoise and we are happy to announce yet  another. For those who have asked when AXE would return to Tortoise with their famous multi-grain pancake batter, we are happy to inform you...

chinese tea ceremony with ceramicist and japanese tea master, masanobu ando

Saturday November 24th and Sunday November 25th
11:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-3:30pm

This November, Tortoise is thrilled to welcome back the celebrated Japanese ceramist, Masanobu Ando.  Our last exhibition with Ando was in September 2014.

Living in Tajimi, Japan – in Gifu prefecture – Ando creates ceramic pieces that are atypical of traditional ceramic ware. Known for rejecting the use of the wheel, Ando practices a technique called tatara, a technique where sheets of clay are molded together into a single, solid shape.  His glazing technique...

japanese vintage tools exhibition + market collection by tortoise owner, taku shinomoto

Friday October 26th to Sunday November 18th

For the past 15 years, Tortoise owner and Hasami Porcelain designer, Taku Shinomoto has been traveling across Japan collecting rare vintage Japanese tools.  

Beginning Friday October 26th, Tortoise will be exhibiting Japanese vintage tools and folk craft with materials ranging from wood, ceramics and iron for a month-long market that ends Sunday November 18th. All displayed pieces will be available for purchase during this event.

A price list for the...

Tortoise is Hiring! Sales Associate Positions - Full time and Part time (seasonal)

Tortoise is a curated multi-functional retail space dedicated to Japanese design, craft and art.  With our recent expansion to a new location in mar vista California, we are also looking to grow our Tortoise staff.

Position: Part-time and full-time associates with weekend availability

Start date: As soon as possible

Location: Los Angeles based candidates preferred

Language: English and Japanese fluency strongly preferred 

Salary: $15/hour (training) / $17/hour (part-time) / TBD (full-time)

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Starting as soon as possible, Tortoise is seeking an enthusiastic retail associate with background knowledge of...