Tilting Towards the Sun
March 11-15, 2024
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. We'll fashion Japan’s renowned confections in a private wagashi workshop and explore some local architectural gems dating back to the early 1900s.
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.
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 primer on dashi, the fundamental seasoning at the heart of Japanese cuisine. Then we'll head out and forage horsetail and wild watercress. Back in the kitchen with our harvest, we'll prepare a seasonal multi-course meal.
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.
We’ll gather for a private morning wagashi workshop and learn to craft Japan’s renowned confections. In the afternoon we'll explore some local architectural gems dating back to the early 1900s and enjoy tea and wagashi in an estate tea room. Our evening meal is 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.