A Festival of flowers

March 24-28, 2025

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 under a canopy of cherry blossoms before strolling the grounds of an ancient and impressive feudal 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. Join us at the Mirukashi salon high on a hilltop in the heart of Japan’s countryside for a lively welcome dinner full of fresh seasonal flavors.

We'll gather in Mirukashi and start the day with a foraging excursion to gather angelica shoots and bracken fern. Back in the kitchen we'll cover a few Japanese cuisine fundamentals, including how to make dashi, as we prepare a delicious lunch full of fresh seasonal flavors.

Travel & Welcome

Foraging & Cooking

day 1

day 2 Morning

We'll start the day with a multi-course tofu-focused brunch at a 250 year old renowned establishment. Then we'll travel to the village of Nao heralded for it's long washi paper making tradition. Gen Taniguchi, a young master paper maker, will lead us in a hands-on experience.

Japanese Paper

DAy 3 Morning

We'll join Hanako in her pottery studio and learn about the art and craft of Japanese tableware. Then we'll head into town to visit the local shrine and a few shops before enjoying dinner at a beloved classy yet casual restaurant featuring female-forward food, craft, and design.

Atelier Visit

Day 2 afternoon

How We'll Spend Our Time

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We’ll visit Tenzan, an innovative sake brewery, and enjoy a tasting of unique products like sparkling sake made in the champagne tradition and cask aged shochu made in the whisky tradition. Then we'll return to Karatsu for a private dinner at an intimate countryside restaurant. 

We'll gather in Mirukashi for a second cooking session and craft bite sized temarizushi. We'll pick the first tender, tiny leaves of kinome from our sansho trees and sandwich them between translucent slices of tai red snapper and orbs of vinegared rice. Then it's off to find the flowers.

Sake Tasting


day 3 Afternoon

day 4 Morning

Pack your swag and enjoy one last morning at your hotel by the sea before you hug your new best friends goodbye. You are now an honored member of the Mirukashi Collective, a group of culturally curious gastronomes who have formed lasting bonds while spending time in Mirukashi.

Hugs & Goodbyes

DAy 5

We'll pack our 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. Then it's off to your hotel to freshen up before our final farewell dinner in Mirukashi.

Flower Viewing

Day 4 Afternoon

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.

Seaside Hotel

Where You'll Stay

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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To register for Sakura Season 2025, please fill in the form here and submit your deposit on the next page. Have questions? Email me at