FEBRUARY 12-16, 2024
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.
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.
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 few Japanese cuisine fundamentals. Then we'll stretch our legs and head out to forage fukinoto, the buds of butterbur plants. Back in the warmth of the kitchen we'll prepare a multi-course meal highlighting this earliest spring delicacy.
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 another multi-course meal featuring nori and other hyper seasonal flavors.
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. Back in Karatsu we'll dine at a beloved place featuring female-forward food, craft, and design.
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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.
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 $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.
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 7 people to ensure a relaxed and intimate experience.
Bookings are accepted in the order requested.
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