VERNAL
EQUINOX

Tilting Towards the Sun

March 13-17, 2023

Spring is leafing out. Wild vegetables from land and sea are growing plentiful.

Spring is gaining momentum and provides so many fresh, wild flavors. We will forage tsukushi horsetail from the hills and the tender shoots of watercress from streams. From the sea comes new wakame. Our special outing is exquisite. 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.

Vernal EQUINOX

Session Lookbook

We open the windows during the day and build fires in the hearth at night as we make multi-course meals to celebrate the season of abundant gifts from the wild.

Details

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 primer on dashi, the fundamental seasoning at the heart of Japanese cuisine. After lunch we'll stretch our legs and forage horsetail and wild watercress. Back in the kitchen with our harvest, we'll prepare a seasonal multi-course meal.

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. After lunch we'll roll up our sleeves and make another multi-course meal featuring more wild flavors like water dropwort, wakame, and wild boar.

Pottery & Food

DAy Four

Ureshino is considered the birthplace of Japanese tea. Hosted by a farmer on his estate, we'll drink tea at an exclusive tea space amidst manicured fields. After soaking our feet in Ureshino's famed hot springs, we'll return to Karatsu for a private dinner at the home of our best local chef.

Tea Experience

Day Three

How We'll Spend Our Time

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.

Hugs & Goodbyes

Seaside Hotel

day Five

Lodging

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.

SOME PRETTY SWEET SWAG

How It Works

Salon sessions are $3150 per person for shared occupancy and $3550 per person for a private room. A deposit of $1800 reserves your place.

Pricing

Includes 4 nights lodging 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.

cancellation

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Salon sessions are limited to 6 people to ensure a relaxed and intimate experience. 
Bookings are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
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