Newsletter July Issue Published

  • Niime Tamaki Trunk Show in Tortoise Gallery – July 21st (Fri), 22nd (Sat), 23rd (Sun)
  • Mario Testino’s Mira Mira Feature – Thank you for your long friendship and support!
  • Sumi’s ‘Push Me Pull You’ Exhibit Ends 7/16! – Artist Multiples Avilable for Limited Time
  • Kaikado and Kanaamitsuji’s Special Items  – Available for Limited Time !
  • Kyoto’s Premier Tea Company: Ippodo Tea  – Final TGS Event @ MOCA July 13th (Thurs)!
  • Tortoise Gallery Closed Dates for August – Closed August 3rd, 7th, 29th, 30th, 31st

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Newsletter: Weekend Reminder! published

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Rhythmos Leatherworks Joins us from Japan!

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Rhythmos (pronounced: rue-toh-mus) makes timeless, exquisitely designed, leather products in a studio based in Kagoshima, Japan.

TGS is excited to announce that the artisan behind Rhythmos will be visiting Los Angeles THIS WEEK to hold 2 leather workshops at TGS, as well as an artist led demonstration at the MOCA Geffen in Downtown LA.

Seats for the workshop are limited and the demonstration at MOCA is free and open to the public.

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Workshop Details: Making a Card Case with Rhythmos (@ TGS)

  • $50 per person (up to 4 people per session)
  • 1 hour workshop
  • Ages 10 and up
  • Class attendees will be required to sign a waiver form before the session
  • Purchase a seat here

June 10th, Saturday 
11:00 – 12:00
14:00 – 15:00
16:00 – 17:00

June 11th, Sunday
13:00 – 14:00
15:00 – 16:00

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Artist-led Demonstration: June 8th, Thursday 5pm – 8pm (@MOCA)

 

Images above are from our MOCA pop-up as we set up for tonight’s interactive demonstrations.

We hope you’ll join us!

 


Newsletter June Issue Published

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Newsletter May Issue Published

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Newsletter April Issue published

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TGS Pop-Up at MOCA Geffen Contemporary – April 1st – July 24th

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We’ve got exciting news to share!

Starting April 2nd, a special TGS pop-up store will be housed at the MOCA Geffen Contemporary.

Similar to our general store and back-yard sister-gallery on Abbot Kinney, the pop-up will feature Japanese handcraft and design ranging from hand-dyed multi-functional cloths called tenugui, Hasami Porcelain tableware designed by TGS owner Taku himself, to the popular TRAVELER’s notebooks and other writing supplies that are a favorite among all our customers.

Also in keeping with TGS’ philosophy of providing services as well as products, selected workshops and demonstrations and will be offered and announced in future newsletters and on instagram (@tortoisegeneralstore).

Below is a quick peak of our pop-up.  Please visit this special TGS x MOCA collaboration before it ends!

MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Address: 152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hours of Operation:

Mon 11am – 6pm
Tues Closed
Wed 11am – 6pm
Thur 11am – 8pm
Fri 11am – 6pm
Sat 11am – 5pm
Sun 11am – 5pm

 

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Thank you Monocle Travel Guides!

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Thank you Monocle Travel Guides for including Tortoise General Store!

We always enjoy welcoming new and familiar faces to our store and to LA!


Newsletter March Issue Published

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Newsletter February Issue Published

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Yo’s February woodcarving class scheduled

February Schedule (updated 2/2/2017)

2/4 Saturday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
2/5 Sunday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

2/11 Saturday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

2/18 Saturday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
2/19 Sunday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

2/25 Saturday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

 

The ticket is $40/person and you can buy it online.
Seats are limited!

Please note the sales is FINAL.

 


Newsletter January Issue Published

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Kyoto’s Ippodo Tea Returns to Tortoise!

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The most popular tea shop in Kyoto is visiting us again!

Tea experts from Ippodo will  teach several small group workshops both Saturday and Sunday, 11/12 and 11/13 for those who want to learn more about tea!

History of Ippodo

With a history going back nearly 3 centuries to the Edo period, Ippodo is a tea company richly steeped in Japanese tradition.

Its origin dates back to the year 1717, when founder Rihei Watanabe established a tea shop called OMIYA at Teramachi Nijo, just south of the Imperial Palace.  The shop’s reputation for providing high quality tea grew quickly, and patrons soon included members of the Imperial household.  In 1846, the shop was renamed IPPODO, which literally means “preserve one”.  The name was bestowed upon the shop by Prince Yamashina, who wanted the shop to forever preserve its tradition of providing high quality tea with a supreme taste.  To this day, Ippodo has strived to uphold the wishes of the Prince, and to adhere to the time-honored mission of providing a superlative tea with the trademark high-quality taste.

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Workshop at Tortoise on 11/12 & 11/13

This year Ippodo will divide their focus between the two days to cover many topics. Saturday will focus on the basics of Japanese tea and Sunday will have a more advanced focus specifically on matcha and go into the appreciation and making of matcha.

Saturday will run 3 (90 min length) sessions, and Sunday will have 2 (90 min length) sessions.

Saturday Class Times:
11:00 AM
1:30 PM
3:30 PM

Sunday Class Times:
12:30 PM
3:30 PM

Each class session is limited to 8 people, and the fee for Saturday is $35 and the fee for Sunday is $45. If interested please sign up for the class on our online store here!

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Newsletter November Issue Published

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Niime Arm Warmers and Scarves for Fall

Niime, named after the designer, specializes in a style of weaving and dying called Banshu-ori – a method that originated in Hyogo and is an ancient Japanese technique of making textiles where the dying,weaving and finishing is all done in one continuous production cycle.  Banshu-ori creates an extremely fine and delicate textile that is ideal for wearing because of it’s soft and gentle touch on the skin.

Niime cultivates her own cotton for her cotton weavings without any agricultural chemicals and all of her textiles are dyed without harmful chemicals. Niime is known for her colorful scarves (also sold at Tortoise) as they brighten and add character to the wearer, and now for this holiday season we are excited to carry her unique and cozy arm warmers.

Each arm warmers is approximately 14” long and the material is 95% wool and 5% cotton.  The colors and pattern do not repeat and we have a limited number available in stock.  Each arm warmer is $65.

Please contact us by phone (310-314-844) or email (hello@tortoiselife.com), or visit us at the store if you are interested in purchasing.

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Newsletter Event Reminder published

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Newsletter October Issue Published

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Newsletter September issue published

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Newsletter August issue published

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Seto is Back at TGS!

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Katakuchis are used in Japan to serve alcohol, sauces and dressing.  This is a collection of nesting katakuchis.

 

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Seto was the first kiln in Japan to use glaze with their ceramic-ware.  For this reason, their signature glazes and painted design-work have become their kiln’s trademark and is easily recognizable to almost everyone in Japan.

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An aerial view of the beautiful line-work on Seto bowls and plates.  The “umanome” design (small to large swirl designs drawn on the rim of plates) take at least 4-5 years to learn and master.  Each plate and bowl produced at Seto is hand painted with great care and with the most accurate precision.

To purchase any of our Seto items, please visit us Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm, or call us at 310-314-8448.

Prices of Seto pieces shown in newsletter and image below:

Clockwise from top left –

Green/Brown Tri-Color Plate     $154

Stripe Bowl      $78

Blue Stripe Katakuchi/Small Pitcher     $58

Orange Stripe Katakuchi/Small Pitcher       $58

Seto Yellow Cup      $48

Umanome Blue Plate       $134

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