December 2017 Newsletter

Cherry Blossoms | Tanpopo Studio

Holiday Greetings,

We can not believe it is holiday season already!! At our urban home in Minnesota, lights are hung, garden is winterized, wood is split and the heat bulb is turned on in our chicken coop.  I am just about to set up winter gardening in our basement under glowing lights for mix greens and some herbs so our family can enjoy home-grown fresh greens until the next spring.

This holiday season we will be celebrating both Japanese and Scandinavian tradition, Lutefisk and Gravlax for Christmas and Toshikoshi Soba and Osechi for New Years.  If you feel like you need help cooking this holiday season, feel free to contact me and we are more than happy to work with you. You can also find us teaching cooking classes here in twin cities and next year at the Blu Skye Acres farm in Sant Croix Falls, WI.

It has been almost three weeks since the launch of Culinary Tour to Japan under our new business.  We want to personally thank all of you who helped Tanpopo Studio get off the ground this fall.  This is very exciting time for us as we are busy preparing for the 2018 tours and also begin to see the possibilities ahead of us.  From here we are planning to add another focused, small group tour.  And as a part of our new project, Tanpopo Studio, will collaborate with London Center for Book Arts to create an exciting new tour next year.  Stay tuned as we will share more information during the coming months.

To celebrate holiday season, we would like to offer a $150.00 discount on our upcoming Culinary Tour to say “Thank You” to our friends and family who signed up for our newsletters this year.  Please use the promotional code EARLYBIRD  to apply to any of our 2018 tours.  Offer is only good until Dec. 31, 2017.

May this season bring you joy and happiness.

Happy Holidays,

Koshiki & Ben Smith of Tanpopo Studio






来年は、ロンドンにあるLondon Center for Book Artsとコラボを考えています。また近い将来皆様に新しいプロジェクトを紹介できればうれしいです。






November 2017 Newsletter

Dear friends and family

Happy November!

We hope this letter finds all of you well and we apologize for not reaching out to many of you in recent months. We were fortunate to have this summer off to see many friends and family that we have not seen for a long time.

It has been 4 months since my husband and I departed from Tanpopo Restaurant and many of you might be wondering what we are cooking up for our next life. Today, please allow me to send this email to share some of my thoughts with you.

Over 17 years ago, Ben and I opened Tanpopo Noodle Shop to serve healthy, casual and affordable Japanese food to people in Minnesota. As you all know, I grew up in Japan and it was always in my best interest to be a bridge, sort of speak, between the two countries.

Seventeen years passed very quickly and during that time, there were many things we could not do because we were running the restaurant and raising small children. However, while at Tanpopo, we got the idea to do culinary tours to Japan and started making plans and now with our children older, we decided to take this opportunity to make it happen.

Ben and I just finalized our first five trip itineraries and wanted to share them with you. Our upcoming trips are posted on and online registration for the public opens November 15th for our trips starting this spring.

We are also keeping all food related post on Instagram and occasional blog post on our website. You can see some of pictures of Koshiki Island on our trip back to my home town last summer on our blog. Please check them out and signed up for our newsletter for all upcoming exciting events.

Happy Travels!

Koshiki & Ben Smith

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