Orthodox & wild

April 21-25, 2025

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. We'll visit an estate growing organic heirloom zairai tea trees and try our hand at picking and roasting the leaves.


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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.

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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 with a few Japanese cuisine fundamentals. Then we’ll stretch our legs and head out to gather a bouquet of wild shoots and leaves to bring back to the kitchen. We'll prepare an elegant 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 Ureshino for a hands-on experience with a master tea maker who is preserving the ancient tradition of processing tea leaves in a wood-fired iron kettle.

Fire Roasted Tea

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 move from tea field to tea room for a simple traditional tea ceremony and experience the beauty, choreography, and mindfulness of this practice that has inspired awe across around the world. Back in Karatsu we'll enjoy a private dinner at an intimate countryside restaurant

We'll gather in Mirukashi for a second cooking session focused on preparing the perfect Japanese style picnic. We'll make fresh ginger takikomi (mixed) rice and even fashion some simple wagashi, Japanese confections, to enjoy after lunch with - of course - a bowl of tea.

Tea Ceremony

In the Kitchen

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 up our picnic and head out to lunch seaside. We'll enjoy an al fesco tea service with matcha and sweets. The temperatures are rising and you might find the ocean calling. After a quick swim, you'll freshen up at your hotel before settling in for a final farewell dinner in Mirukashi.

Tea by the Sea

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 (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.

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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The pines pop with color at the tips of every finger. It’s time to head out and harvest them. I’ll make a cedar tip tisane, the citrus freshness sweetened with honey, for cocktails and tea.

The Mountains
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Stories of this Season

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I hope for many years of climbing the hills to gather the abundant resources of a generous earth. It makes for a strong constitution and with some luck, a good long life.

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We are in the midst of April’s bounty and there is so much to enjoy at the table. The sansho prickly ash tree has fully leafed out with leaves broad but still tender and potently fragrant.

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Ready to Join us?

To register for Tea Harvest 2025, please fill in the form here and submit your deposit on the next page. Have questions? Email me at prairie@mirukashi.life