TanpopoStudio June Update

Tanpopo Studio Team in Suwa
Kai and Koshiki Taking a Break in Suwa

Happy June

I’m just about to start the June, Culinary Guide to Japan tour, and very excited about the trip. While I have a few moments, I wanted to share with you some of the good things happening at TanpopoStudio.

We have a new video! from the Spring Culinary Guide to Japan tour. This short film showcases the trip and what it’s all about. A big thanks to Jakfoto Films for making this possible!

Culinary Guide to Japan Tour, October 2018

October marks the beginning of the harvest season and this is a great time to visit Japan. Enjoy a fall walk in the Kiso Valley, relax in a hot spring and savor a regional Kaiseki dinner. If you are interested in joining us, you can register online or send me an email. Hope to see you in Japan.

Japan Art + Culture Tour, Spring 2019

If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming Art and Culture Tour this spring, please join us at Wet Paint Art at the end of month for another meetup (with tea and crackers). We’ll be posting the exact date as soon as possible. If you’re interested in attending, let me know and I will update you. We’ve received some great feedback during our last meeting, and a few spaces have already been reserved. So if you’re interested, don’t miss your chance to see Tokyo, Nagano and Matsumoto. We’ve also added a 3 day optional extension to Kyoto on this tour for those of you who would like to stay longer in Japan.

Tokyo Ramen Crash Course

Private groups of 6-8 are welcome. If you have a group of friends who want to learn ramen making in Japan, we can book this according to your schedule and you’ll receive a group discount as well.

We’ll be announcing Spring tour dates for the Tokyo Ramen Crash Course in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Classes and Workshops

The Sushi Smiths
June 30th at 6pm at Cooks of Crocus Hill, St. Paul
Sake it To Me!
July 21st at 6pm at Cooks of Crocus Hill, St. Paul

Happy Travels,
Koshiki and Benjamin Smith

Japan Art & Culture Tour Exploratory Meetup

Matsumoto City Museum of Art

Wet Paint is collaborating with TanpopoStudio to create a
Tour to Japan in 2019

East meets Wet Paint in this original tour of Japanese art, history, architecture and culture. We’ll not only explore Japanese arts and crafts, but also the food, scenic mountain towns, premier castle, traditional inn and optional hot spring visit. This 7 day tour will begin where traditional meets contemporary arts at the Nezu Museum in Tokyo. That afternoon, you’ll have an option to visit the Japanese Folk Art Museum or the d47 Museum. The following day, we’ll take a bullet train to the mountain town of Nagano for a unique experience of zen culture, temples and the refined vegetarian cuisine of Japan called shojin ryori. In the city of Matsumoto, we’ll tour one of Japan’s finest castles, visit museums and take hands-on art classes. Take a day trip to the meticulously preserved post town of Naraijyuku along the Nakasendo trail to shop and experience Edo era architecture and lacquerware. We’ll then head back to Tokyo to visit Asakusa, the “low town”, for shopping, sightseeing and entertainment near the popular Sensoji Temple before heading back home. (OR join our extended tour to Kyoto)

Details

Date: May, 11
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Place: Wet Part Art

Meet the Team + Learn About Ramen

Momofuku Ando

Tanpopo Studio hosts an on-going monthly meetup and community meeting. The meetings are organized at neighborhood coffee shop and are a chance to learn about upcoming tours and meet your guides. Every meeting is organized around topic of interest related to travel in Japan, language, cooking, culture, and more.

The kickoff meeting is scheduled on Monday, Feb. 12 from 7-8pm at Quixotic Coffee Shop in Highland Park, Saint Paul. Meet the Tanpopo Studio Team and learn about ramen! We’ll have ramen chef(s) there to to share tips on making your own ramen. It is free, but space is limited.

 

Please send us an email (koshiki@tanpopostudio.com), if you are interested in attending.