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Early-Summer Festival With Minor Clothing, Tomoro Pottery Studio Sale & More!  6/3 - 6/4

In the spirit of celebrating our AAPI community, and to kick off some fun summer festival feels, we're excited and honored to host a multi-vendor "omatsuri-style" gathering for our eleventh Good Company, kicking off with Minor, a sustainable children's clothing brand founded by Diana Evans!
As a professional licensed children's apparel designer, Diana Evans founded Minor in 2020 to be a sustainable fashion brand centered in responsibility—not only to the planet, but also to the end user of her garments. Inspired by her bi-cultural background enjoying Japanese festivals in the summertime and mending clothes on a military base in Hawaii, Diana translates traditional Japanese silhouettes from her childhood into timeless designs for 
modern kiddos, with garments that will be wearable for their younger siblings or cousins to enjoy down the line.  We're very excited to welcome Diana Evans and hope you check out our full Good Company interview with Diana down below where she shares her thoughts on responsible fashion and how she sees Minor being part of a major shift towards raising a healthier planet.  Please come by and see her heartfelt collection in person!
Read the Interview
Returning to Tortoise for our eleventh Good Company market event is also our good friend and local ceramic artist, Tomoko Morisaki.  Tomoko will be bringing an assortment of pottery for a fun studio sale of one-of-a-kind ceramics.  You can expect to see a touch of wabi sabi in her selection, with unique pieces that have shape and color variations, also samples and prototypes from years past, along with
a few items that Tomoko made just for fun!   If you're a fan of Tomoro Pottery (aren't we all), you won't want to miss this chance to meet Tomoko and view these rarely seen studio works!  You can find our previous Good Company interview with Tomoko Morisaki here and see our regular Tomoro Pottery pieces down below at the jump. Please come by on Sat, June 3rd and Sun, June 4th to get your ceramic fix!
See Current Tomoro Collection
Of course it wouldn't be an "omatsuri-style" gathering without something just for the kids!  Come and join our Good Company workshop area just for the kids where we'll be making sweet flower crowns and origami paper kabuto helmets!  Crowns and helmets, and tutorials are all free until supplies last.  We also hope to bring in a real life kabuto helmet for any boys and girls who want to try it on and feel like a warrior!  
What is Good Company? Since opening our doors in 2003, Tortoise General Store has been steadfast in championing innovative Japanese and Japanese-American creators, entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Our pop-up series Good Company celebrates and supports the thoughtful work these friends are doing to enrich the world. Together, we'll be in good company.  

Proud AAPI Small Business ~ Thank You for Your Continued Support of Tortoise! 

As we hit the middle of AAPI heritage month, we want to take a moment to thank our community for supporting our small business of almost 20 years 👋🏼.  Whether it's through our workshops, gallery shows, or our most recent Good Company series, we're passionate about being a gathering space for the AAPI members of our community and a home for all kinds of cultural exchange.  It's our honor and pleasure to share our Japanese heritage, traditions and values with everyone—and to meet so many people who want to learn and experience more!  Here's to celebrating the history and traditions that bind us as they are the legs we stand on for our business—thank you all and arigatougozaimasu!

Upcoming Event: Shihara Three-Day Fine Jewelry Trunk Show — May 27th–29th 

Appointment times are available for our three-day trunk show with Shihara, a Tokyo-based fine jewelry brand known for their contemporary minimal designs.  Our last trunk show with Shihara was August 2021, so this is a rare and special event!

Come and meet Yuta Ishihara, owner and designer of Shihara, and get a special viewing and consultation on a wide assortment of pieces, many not currently carried at Tortoise. You can view our current Shihara collection on our website here.  

Walk-in space may be available on the weekend, but appointments will be guaranteed priority.  Tortoise is closed on Mondays, so those wishing to meet Yuta on Monday, May 29th must make an appointment.  We look forward to seeing you at our trunk show!

Reserve Appointment Time
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