THE SACRED CROP
October 23-27, 2023
Rice speaks to the Japanese soul as both a sacred crop and the ultimate comfort food.
At the Japanese table, there is nothing more celebrated or divine than a pristine bowl of pure white shinmai, freshly harveted rice. We'll revel in this simple and perfect grain as we explore the flavors of fall. We'll enjoy the rich and fatty taste of skipjack tuna, mackerel, and other blue-backed fish paired with autumn's bright green citrus like kabosu and sudachi.
It is the season of shinmai new rice, freshly milled buckwheat flour (think soba), and ginnan gingko nuts. All kinds of mackerel are also delicious in autumn.
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 an intimate welcome dinner at Arutokoro with Karatsu's rising star chef. Then it's early to bed to rest up after a long day of travel.
We'll gather in Mirukashi and talk all things rice as we prepare kashiwameshi, a beloved family recipe. After lunch and a rest, we'll set to making a multi-course evening meal featuring gingko nuts, crispy persimmon, autumn eggplant, tofu, turnips, and chestnuts in mochigome sticky rice.
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 multi-course meal featuring autumn eggplant, lotus root with white miso, and grilled barracuda.
We'll enjoy a morning masterclass on onigiri, soulful, hand pressed rice balls, led by a local chef who cooks rice over fire. In the afternoon we'll tour a bit of the autumn agricultural landscape before dinner 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. 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.
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 $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.
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