March 22, 2020
Hello everyone. This is Naoko, the owner of TOIRO.
Our world and lives have suddenly changed in the past weeks. The global pandemic of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread without slowing down, and here in Los Angeles, California, we started a new way of life, under the “stay at home” order, announced by the State government a few days ago. This is all in the effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus and eventually stop the epidemic.
I already decided to close my business temporarily before the State’s order was made, for the safety of the employees and community. And, now it’s under this State order, any non-essential business (i.e. basically unrelated to people’s lifeline), including TOIRO, must shut until April 19 (or longer if the State determines the period must be extended).
This is with no doubt the toughest challenge I, and my business have to go through, but nothing is more important than the safety of the people. Business shut down means we cannot even ship out our orders, as the employees are required to stay home during this period.
So, during this period, I would like to ask everyone for the kind understanding of the situation and patience for such an unexpected situation. We will do our best to ship out your orders as quickly as possible once the “stay at home” order is removed by the State government and we can resume our business. Until then, TOIRO’s online shop remains to be open and you can place orders. Gift cards are also available, so we would appreciate if you can continue to shop with us and expect the delivery later.
In the meantime, I would like to keep posting “quarantine” donabe recipes from my home on Instagram! So, please follow me, and hopefully you find some inspiration for your home cooking from there. Please also check out TOIRO’s Instagram, for any updates about the shop. And, I would love many of you to post your donabe cooking photos and videos in your stories by using #happydonabelife and tag us @toirokitchen !
I want to thank all of you who have been supporting the tiny business like mine with such kindness and generosity. And, I hope TOIRO can come back soon, after this crazy time is over, and become stronger so we can help bringing more joy to your life.
And, please, please, everyone, please stay safe and healthy! It’s really a scary time, and many people, including myself, feel so helpless and anxious. But, we can get through this together! So, even though my business is temporarily shut down, I want to continue to post my donabe cooking photos so hopefully I can inspire you and many people to find joy in cooking home even a little bit. And, I also keep inspired by you and so many people. Let’s support each other in one way or another.
Whether it’s physically communal or spiritually, donabe can bring people together. Sending love and positive energy to you all!
Happy Donabe Life
Naoko Takei Moore
March 22, 2020