October 2019 Newsletter

Tanpopo Studio Newsletter October 2019

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful fall days. I have just returned from the much anticipated Textile and Traditional Arts Tour to Japan with Textile Center and can not tell you how much fun we had together. Please read the recap to learn more about this trip.

We also have an exciting announcement about our upcoming Spirits of Japan, Southern Alps & Kyoto Tour. This trip is a collaboration with Sam Haislet from Alexias Vineyard, the oldest and most award-winning winery in Minnesota. An avid Japanese sake and whisky fan, Sam is currently an acting consultant at Kowalski’s Wine Shop in St. Paul.

Lastly, our hearts go out to those who were hit by the recent typhoon in Japan. We wish them a safe and swift recovery.

Spirits of Japan Tour | Tanpopo Studio

Spirits of Japan, Southern Alps & Kyoto

Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the Spirits of Japan, Southern Alps & Kyoto Tour this spring. We are planning on hosting an informational meetup for those interested in joining us. Please email koshiki@tanpopostudio.com for event details.

Trip Highlights

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market and have sushi for lunch
  • Visit Yebisu Brewery
  • Experience Zen Culture at the historic Zenkoji Temple in Nagano
  • Tour Matsumoto Castle, Ishii Miso Brewery and the Museum of Art
  • Visit Shichikan Sake in Yamanashi
  • Suntory Hakushu Whisky Distillery Tour
  • Soba Making Workshop
  • Farm stay in Yamashi
  • Visit Komagadake National Park
  • Tour of the famous Gekkeikan Brewery in Kyoto
  • Kyoto Sightseeing
  • Kaiseki Dinner and Maiko Performance

2019 Tanpopo Studio Textile Tour

2019 Textile and Traditional Arts Tour Recap


After over a year of planning and coordination with Textile Center, this fiber arts focused trip kicked off on September 29th with 13 travelers!

This group of humble and talented people made this tour extremely special and memorable. We traveled to big cities and countryside towns alike, and visited many small studios and shopped tons!

We had many unscheduled events that surprised us throughout the trip including the Antique Flea Market, Allan West Studio, SAORI Weaving workshop and the Little Indigo Museum.

I have more pictures and details from the trip on my Instagram feed. Check it ou!

If you are interested in joining us next year, please contact smulhhollam@textilecentermn.org

What’s Cooking

Salmon Nanbanzuke
This month over at our food blog we have a recipe for Nanbanzuke using king salmon from Sitka Salmon Shares and it is delicious. Nanbanzuke is often made with fried fish (sardines and mackerel) with sliced onions and marinated in a sweet vinaigrette with chili pepper. The word Zuke means to marinate.

Nanbanzuke Style Salmon with Celery and Onion


小岩井紬工房での昼食
先日から日本の台風のニュースがこちらでも流れていますが、皆さんのいらっしゃる地域は大丈夫でしたでしょうか?幸いにも私たちのグループは台風の2日前に無事帰国しました。しかし日本の真夏日和とは打って変わり着陸したミネソタ空港の空には雪が舞っていました。いくら寒いミネソタでもこれは異常ですね。

今回はミネソタ州とフロリダ州から集まった13名の女性グループとの旅でした。皆様日本の染物、織物その他テキスタイルアートに興味のある方々の集まりで、観光はもちろん、織工房なども訪れました。ほとんどの方が日本は初めてでしたが、いく先々で丁寧にもてなされとても感激されていました。購入した反物や布は帰国後ご自分たちで洋服や小物に仕立て直されるとのこと。新幹線の中でも刺し子や編み物をされていたのが印象に残っています。来年は違うメンバーでまた日本を訪れたいと思っています。その時はまたどうぞよろしくお願いします。

Kowai Weaving Studio, Textile Tour
さてさて、今回も盛りだくさんです。お料理はアラスカ産天然シャケを使った南蛮漬け、料理クラスも満員となりました。プライベートでも出張いたしますので必要の際はお声をかけてくださいね。
では、皆様がお元気でありますように、そして、この実りの秋、収穫の秋、天災の被害が最小限でありますように。

古紫季

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