NOVEMBER 18-22, 2024

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.


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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.

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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 a private welcome dinner at an intimate countryside 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 dashi, the fundamental seasoning at the heart of Japanese cuisine. After lunch we'll dive into some of fall's tastiest flavors and prepare a multi-course meal that features autumn sea bream, purple mountain yam, and matsutake rice.

Travel & Welcome

Autumn Flavors

day one

day two

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.

Pottery & Food

DAy Four

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. Back in Karatsu we'll dine at a beloved place featuring female-forward food, craft, and design.

Soy Brewery

Day Three

How We'll Spend Our Time

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Pack your swag and enjoy one last morning by the sea before you hug your new best friends goodbye. But don’t be sad as you are now a member of the Mirukashi Collective, a group of culturally curious gastronomes who have formed lasting bonds while spending time in Mirukashi.

Let the waves lull you to sleep each night in this 4 star oceanside hotel featuring spectacular views from every room. Watch the sun rise over the bay, take a stroll along the sandy beach by a forest of ancient pine trees, visit the gym or relax in the sauna, onsen spa, or rooftop thermal pool.

Hugs & Goodbyes

Seaside Hotel

day Five


You'll go home with:

Insights into Japan's culinary culture

Aspirational and actionable insights into planning a meal, cooking techniques, seasoning, plating, table setting, and the etiquette of drinking and dining.

seasonal Recipe Collection

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.


How It Works

Salon sessions are $3550 per person. A non-refundable deposit of $1800 secures your place with the balance due 60 days before the start date.


Four nights in a private room plus all food, drink, and transportation during the salon session. Does not include transportation to and from Karatsu.

What's included

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.

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Salon sessions are limited to 7 people to ensure a relaxed and intimate experience. 
Bookings are accepted in the order requested.
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