FALL FOLIAGE AND FLAVORS
NOVEMBER 20-24, 2023
The maples are blazing, the air is crisp, and autumn flavors are in abundance.
Fall is a feast for all of the senses. In concert with the festival of colors, tai sea bream comes into season for a second time alongside persimmons and mushrooms. And with cooler temperatures, the winter brewing season begins. We’ll travel to Itoshima and learn all about the art, science, and craft of brewing soy, one of Japan's staple seasonings.
The momiji maples flame red and the eponymous red snapper is most delicious. Root vegetables like turnips, radish, and daikon sweeten in the autumn chill.
Make your way to Karatsu, in the Northwest corner of Kyushu, a little over an hour by train from the Fukuoka airport or shinkansen station. We’ll gather for introductions and an intimate welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Then it's early to bed to rest up after a long day of travel.
We'll gather in Mirukashi and start with a primer on hakusai tsukemono, sun dried, salted Chinese cabbage. After lunch we'll dive into some of fall's tastiest flavors and prepare a multi-course meal that features autumn sea bream, fire roasted taro, matsutake rice, and winter pickles.
We'll spend the morning with Hanako at her pottery studio monohanako and learn about the art and craft of Japanese tableware. After lunch we'll roll up our sleeves and make another fall focused multi-course meal featuring persimmon, chrysanthemum, and arrowhead bulbs.
We'll travel to Itoshima and meet an innovative young brewer with a singular vision who honors tradition and innovation in making umami rich soy from locally grown soybeans. We'll then enjoy a sake tasting before returning to Karatsu for a private dinner at the home of our best local chef.
come to mirukashi
Pack your swag and enjoy one last morning by the sea before you hug your new best friends goodbye. Don’t be sad because you are now a member of the Mirukashi Collective, a private online salon where we'll nurture our blossoming friendships and continue delicious conversations.
Relax to the rhythm of the waves each night in the West wing of this oceanside western style hotel featuring spectacular views from every room. Watch the sun rise over the bay, enjoy breakfasts by the sea, and stroll the sandy beach alongside a forest of ancient black pine trees.
Aspirational and actionable insights into planning a meal, cooking techniques, seasoning, plating, table setting, and the etiquette of drinking and dining.
A beautifully printed, expanded collection of seasonal recipes from Mirukashi and my promise to be here as your guide even after you've gone home.
Salon sessions are $3150 per person for shared occupancy and $3550 per person for a private room. A deposit of $1800 reserves your place.
Includes 4 nights lodging plus all food, drink, and transportation during the salon session. Does not include transportation to and from Karatsu.
Plans are hard to make these days. All deposits are non-refundable but give me two months notice and I'll happily apply your deposit to a future session.
Seating is limited.
Salon sessions are limited to 6 people to ensure a relaxed and intimate experience.
Bookings are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Come to Mirukashi.