First
Spring

A reawakening

FEBRUARY 13-17, 2023

Elegant late winter fish meets herbaceous and wild spring vegetables.

Winter loosens its grip in February and fukinoto, the shoots of butterbur buds, are proof that the earth is slowly waking. We’ll forage these bitter buds and explore this micro-season of winter crossing over to spring. February’s outing is a most special one. We’ll travel to the Ariake Sea and board a boat to see where and how Japan’s finest nori is grown.

First Spring

Session Lookbook

Winter and spring tussle for the upper hand. Think cozy hours in the kitchen punctuated by brisk outings into the chilly landscape to gather the season's delicacies.

Details

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 few Japanese cuisine fundamentals. After an elegant lunch of hirame Olive flounder bouzushi we'll stretch our legs and forage fukinoto. Back in the warmth of the kitchen we'll prepare a multi-course meal highlighting this spring delicacy. 

Travel & Welcome

Foraging & Cooking

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 gather back in the kitchen again to make one last multi-course meal featuring nori, fugu, seasonal tempura, and of course fukinoto. 

Pottery & Food

DAy Four

Japan's finest nori is grown an hour and a half away in the vast tidal flats of the Ariake Sea. We'll head out on the water to learn the finer points of growing this special winter delicacy followed by a guided tasting. Then we'll return to Karatsu for a private dinner at the home of our best local chef.

On The Water

Day Three

How We'll Spend Our Time

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.

Hugs & Goodbyes

Seaside Hotel

day Five

Lodging

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.

SOME PRETTY SWEET SWAG

How It Works

Salon sessions are $3150 per person for shared occupancy and $3550 per person for a private room. A deposit of $1800 reserves your place.

Pricing

Includes 4 nights lodging 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.

cancellation

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Salon sessions are limited to 6 people to ensure a relaxed and intimate experience. 
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