The wild garden
April 10-14, 2023
The hills, groves, and streams are a vast and wild garden. Let the harvest begin.
April is such a vibrant month for dining. Abundance defines this season of prime foraging as spring leads the way towards summer. Grab your boots for a trek to collect bamboo shoots, wild bracken ferns, fuki, the stems of giant butterbur, tender new tea leaves, and peppery shansho. We'll enjoy feasts of a myriad flavors in dazzling combinations.
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and wild wisteria blooms. Looking at the patchwork of greens carpeting the hillsides we say the mountains are laughing.
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 lunch we’ll stretch our legs and head out to dig shoots of giant bamboo before the wild boars find them all. Back in the kitchen we'll prepare a multi-course meal to celebrate the spring bounty.
We'll spend the morning with Hanako at her pottery studio monohanako and learn about the the special bond between pottery and cuisine. After lunch we'll gather in the kitchen to make another bountiful meal featuring bamboo shoots, sansho leaves, clams, fuki, and more.
We’ll gather for a private morning wagashi workshop with a local master and learn to craft Japan’s renowned confections. In the afternoon we'll explore some local architectural gems dating back to the early 1900s with tea and wagashi in an estate tea room. We'll dine this evening at the home of our best local chef.
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.
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.
Come to Mirukashi.