Orthodox & wild
April 22-26, 2024
Tea fields are flush with tender new growth. The harvest will soon begin.
Through the lens of tea, culture is revealed. From orthodox and revered to inventive and wild, we'll explore the heritage and ceremony of Japanese green tea. We’ll learn the finer points of whisking and brewing tea, cook with tea, craft cocktails with tea, and even try our hand at picking and roasting leaves from the many wild tea trees that grow in the area.
We’ll add sazae mollusks, udo (mountain asparagus), tea leaves, and some wild herbs to the ongoing April bounty of giant bamboo shoots, fuki, and clams.
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 gather a bouquet of culinary shoots and leaves to bring back to the kitchen. We'll prepare a multi-course meal full of fresh early summer flavors.
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 dive into another multi-course meal featuring summer flavors from the sea like tiger prawns, and sazae horned turban mollusks.
We’ll travel to Ureshino, the birthplace of Japan's tea culture, for an experience amidst tea fields as far as the eye can see. We'll drink tea at an exclusive tea space and soak our feet in Ureshino's healing onsen waters before returning to Karatsu to dine at a beloved place featuring female-forward food, craft, and design.
come to mirukashi
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 (USD) per person. A non-refundable deposit of $1800 secures your place with balance due 60 days before the session.
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.
Come to Mirukashi.