Intimate behind-the-scenes experiences in the beautiful southern region of Japan, off-the-radar of the tourist masses. We'll explore the intersections of food and ceramics, and the special story that interplays between them.
Join me in our hilltop home in Mirukashi for three days of cooking elegant kateryori (home cooked) meals. With the monohanako studio at arms reach and cabinets full of handmade wares we'll investigate what the season has to offer and then cook, arrange, and eat together.
- John & Lari
"The depth and breadth of Japanese food culture and ceramics we experienced was way beyond our expectations. What made it so special is the personal connections Prairie and Hanako have with all the chefs, artisans, and ceramicists we visited. Their passion about this unique culture was beautifully transmitted in rich detail, and we learned so much. We came back full of inspiration, and can’t imagine any way to make this trip better than it was. We’re so grateful to Prairie, Hanako, and their whole team for making this the trip of a lifetime."
"This was such an extraordinary adventure!"
- Melissa & Tom
“Prairie exceeded all expectations for us as a guide in Japan. She thoughtfully introduced us to experiences that left us with a feeling of appreciation and connection to Japanese culture in a way we couldn’t have experienced on our own.”
"With her unique perspective, open mindedness and curiosity"
"I loved every minute of this beautifully curated tour. Upon my return home it now feels like a dream! Surpassing all expectations, this trip opened my eyes to Japan’s unique culture of food and ceramics. I loved meeting local artists, chefs and makers who shared their passion for tradition and innovation for what they do. Thank you, Prairie and Hanako, for making this once in a lifetime trip a truly inspiring and memorable experience. Now I cannot wait to return to Japan!"
"And the food… oh my… was all so extraordinary!"
"We were truly lucky to benefit from Prairie's connections with makers, chefs, and pottery artists. Her gentle spirit and appreciation for Japanese culture opened doors that we would not have been able to see without her hard work. The dinners and trips to the various pottery studios are experiences of a lifetime."
I've had the pleasure of getting to know some of Japan's most forward-thinking artisans, chefs, growers, brewers, and harvesters. With quiet passion, extreme skill, and a mind towards being good stewards of the earth, many are merging ancient techniques with modern innovation. I look forward to connecting like minded people in the industry.
Itineraries for groups of four to six in and around Kyoto to connect you to some very special people and places. Explore the world of premium ingredients, talented growers and producers, artisan craftspeople and experience how they come together in the finest dining experiences.
With my home in Mirukashi as our base, we'll plan seasonal meals, cook them together, plate them on the myriad of Nakazato wares we find on the shelves, and feast together. They'll be one or two outings to meet local growers or producers to better understand our ingredients.
mostly cooking, a lot of eating, and a little exploring
In November we will meet with local makers, chefs, food producers, and harvesters- think soy, sake, nori, modern ceramic artists, traditional potters and more. In May we’ll explore the practices of arranging buds and branches, serving and receiving tea and sake, and plating food, setting the table, and sharing a meal.
The story of food and ceramics in Karatsu
Follow along for a visual feast at the seasonal table and be the first to know about new adventures and workshops. #epicureanideals #mirukashi