A Festival of flowers

March 25-29, 2024

Cherry blossoms unfurl and we gaze up towards pink petals against a blue sky.

Tai sea bream is considered most delicious in this season of sakura. And the fresh baby leaves of kinome are unfurling from the branches of our sansho trees. We’ll fashion a picnic from them and enjoy a true hanami flower viewing day, dining atop a hill with sweeping views of an island studded bay and strolling the grounds of an ancient fortress.

Sakura Season

Session Lookbook

Cherry trees in full regalia offer breathtaking views around every corner. It is a season of collective celebration as these revered and fleeting blossoms unfurl.

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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 few Japanese cuisine fundamentals. Then we'll stretch our legs and head out to forage angelica shoots and bracken fern. Back in the kitchen we'll prepare a multi-course seasonal meal with these and other seasonal ingredients.

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. We'll gather after lunch and prepare another multi-course meal featuring sea bream, wild watercress, fresh clams and other delicious spring shellfish.

Pottery & Food

DAy Four

We'll craft bite sized temarizushi with red snapper and the first tiny leaves of kinome, then pack a picnic and head out to dine al fresco under a pale pink canopy of a cherry trees in bloom. We'll whisk up bowls of matcha to enjoy with sweets and savor this very special season.


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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There may be no more elegant and delicious picnic than sushi made with seasonal snapper and kinome, the fresh leaves of the sansho tree eaten on a glorious day under sakura blossoms.

A Meal to Remember


Stories of this Season

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Sakura are one of the most potent and widely broadcast symbols of Japan. Those who have never even thought to travel to this island archipelago know of the famed cherry blossoms. 

A Thing
to Behold



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Warabi are enticing, exotic, mysterious creatures that emerge with necks bent deep and infant fronds clasped like a raptor’s talon. They crown neck first, bowing deeply towards the ground.

A Softer Side
of Spring


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