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Vintage Quality Shoes for Modern Life: Moonstar Shoes Arrive in Style for 2023

Moonstar Shoes began in 1873 when Samurais were still visible in Japan. Unsurprisingly Moonstar began as tabi shoe makers, the traditional Japanese split toe shoe with the flexible sole.  Since then they have perfected their craft as world-leading experts on shoe vulcanizing.  The traditional Japanese vulcanizing process known as 'ka-ryu' is carried out entirely by hand by Moonstar's master artisans who skillfully and artfully join the canvas uppers and organic rubber soles and then bake them in kilns with added sulfer to create shoes that will be as durable and stylish as the shoes our grandparents used to rock.
It has been over a year since we last received Moonstar shoes, so we're happy to announce we have received five of Moonstar's most classic and popular styles in a range of sizes.  These are truly vintage quality sneakers made using traditional methods in timeless styles, so not to be missed!  View our full selection of Moonstar Shoes down below at the jump.
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2023 Himekuri Calendars Are Finally Here! Mari Balls & Serizawa Calendars Restocked

Most frequently-asked question at Tortoise these days: When do the Himekuri calendars finally arrive?  Well, the wait is officially over!  We've received just 40 of everyone's favorite page-a-day wall calendars, which are filled with unique and useful information in Japanese characters like the daily Japanese proverb, the daily zodiac, fun facts about that particular date, and the daily weather forecast across five major cities in Japan based off 30 years of statistics.
We've also restocked our Mari Balls online after they sold out last week!  If they sell out again before you can purchase, simply click the button "Email Me When Available" and we'll notify you as soon as they restock online!  And if you're local, come visit us in-store to see our full selection of Mari Balls in person.  Serizawa calendars continue to sell fast cause remember: Last day to place orders by Christmas is December 14th!
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Snow Peak and Taro Gomi Children's Books: New Gift Items Arrive for Campers and Kids

Snow Peak is synonymous with high-quality camping gear, but less well-known for being a family business.  Founded in 1958 by Yukio Yamai–and now run by his son, Tohru Yamai–Snow Peak embraces nature as the antidote to our hectic modern life. We've received brand new Snow Peak items including a portable knife set, portable flat-pack coffee dripper and more!  Check it out at the jump!
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You can't live without friends, and you can't live without numbers.  So goes two of Taro Gomi's most classic children's books: I Know Numbers and My Friends.  Considered to be one of Japan's most beloved children's book authors and illustrators, we know these are going to be a hit for the little reader in your life.  See our gift selections for kids, and those who are young at heart, down below.
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