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TGS was started by wife and husband Keiko and Taku Shinomoto in Oct of 2003. New TGS address: 12701-12705 Venice Blvd Los Angeles CA 90066

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New arrivals from Sugahara glassworks! 🇯🇵 . Located in Chiba Japan, @sghr_sugahara is one of the few glass companies in Japan still mouth-blowing all their pieces by hand since 1932. . Sugahara remains a small and close knit company that proudly designs all their products in-house with the craftsmen and women leading all their designs. This is Sugahara’s way of honoring and respecting the glass blowers and the craft they have so beautifully mastered. . We are currently carrying Sugahara bud vases, carafes, black matte glasses (created by mixing many colors of glass together), opalescent glasses, and duo glasses where two different colors are fused into one piece. . Quantity is limited so be sure to grab a beautiful piece while you can! 💫
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In the spirit of “back to work” we’re modeling two new styles of aprons that just arrived at TGS ✨ . Hakui, a brand founded in 1992 and based in Tokyo, produces high quality uniforms. In fact, the uniforms for the United Nations in Geneva for example were made by Hakui ✨ . Hakui aprons are also special because they are designed by Akira Onozuka. . Akira Onozuka is considered one of Japan’s greatest fashion designers, better known for his brand Zucca, a multi-functional streetwear line with a cult following around the world. . We are carrying Hakui aprons in stripes and solids in different styles. Each are made to last and have unique features like a secret side slit so you can grab things from your pocket when wearing your apron. . These aprons are not sold online but please come see them in person or send us an email with questions!
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Copper hand-mirrors handmade in Takaoka, Japan using a casting method cultivated over 400 years ago, but colored with a technique developed through trial and error in the 1950’s by a small company called momentum factory. . . Taking advantage of the beautiful corrosive nature of copper, the coloring process involves different natural chemicals (vinegar, sake, rice bran, charcoal etc) and heat applied onto metal to create a range of finishes. . You can hold the mirror in your hand or keep it tilted, or face down, on your shelf until ready for use. . Hope everyone is having a good start to their week! ✨✨✨🧡
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Top to Tail is a Japanese made paper model kit that aims to accurately recreate the form of an animal from their head to tail! . Each animal features a moving part so you can create slightly different poses for each. We made this model polar bear because we’re finally headed for winter ❄️ (wow, already November!) . We also have panda bear and zebra models. A bit of a challenging paper puzzle so we recommend it for teens to adults! 👍🏽
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Taku is here selling his vintage! ✨✨✨ . Stop by and speak to him one on one about his collection and find a special piece for your space 🙌🏼⚱️ . . Vintage sale ends November 18 but pieces are first come, first serve so don’t miss out on seeing his full selection!
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Our Japanese Vintage Tools Exhibition and Market starts today!! ✨✨✨ . Tortoise owner, Taku Shinomoto, has been collecting vintage from all over Japan for 15 years and for the first time is showing his full collection of wood, ceramic and iron Japanese tools. . These pieces will be sold on a first come, first serve basis so if you would like to see the full collection, please try to come soon! The exhibition ends Sunday November 18th.
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Yo Takimoto is teaching 2 more woodcarving classes in October! . October 27 (Sat) and October 28 (Sun) from 1:30-4:30 Link for the class in bio 💫 . Currently we don’t have any classes scheduled in November so please sign up if you’d like to take a carving class in the fall! 🍂🍁 . Thank you to @sebastianbuck for taking these beautiful photos and sharing them with us using the hashtag #tgs15years . We are grateful Yo has continued to teach woodcarving classes at our new location and grateful for people like Sebastian who have participated!
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The exhibition for artist Mitsuru Koga is ending soon!! ✨ The last day of the exhibition, ‘Flatworks: Paint Cans + Boxes’ ends this Sunday, the 23rd. If you have been thinking of purchasing one of these beautiful artworks, please contact or visit us before THIS Sunday! Email us if you have any questions at hello@tortoiselife.com! 👋🏼
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1.5 weeks to go! Before this exhibition of “Flatworks: Paint cans and Boxes” comes to an end ✨ If you have been interested in purchasing a Flatworks, don’t wait! The exhibition will end September 23rd Sunday 👋🏼🍃
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Thank you to the students who participated in today’s woodcarving class with Yo Takimoto 🍃👌🏽! . We have 3️⃣ more classes this month so if you have been thinking about joining this workshop, be sure to sign up before they’re sold out!
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New online items for this month✨! For September, we are very excited to have these one-of-kind Peter Ivy coffee containers available for purchase on our website. . Peter Ivy is an American glass artist currently living and working in Toyama Japan. His style of glasswork that seeks out and celebrates the imperfections and true nature of glass has made him a sought after artist with admirers around the world. . We also have featured one of the several Kyushu crafts we are currently carrying, created through a special collaboration between Taku Shinomoto and the makers of a special folk craft dating back 800 years. . New select items we think are special will be added online each month. Please check it out! 🍃 #peterivy #kyushu
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Tonight is the Mar Vista Artwalk! We will be open until 8 pm! Come see us 😊✨🍃 #marvistaartwalk
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