Important Covid-19 Update. Our client’s safety is important to us, and travel will resume when the travel ban (including the 14-day quarantine) is lifted both in Japan and the United States. Next Spring, we will offer two “off the beaten track” tours to escape the large cities and to enjoy the rural parts of Japan. First, is Textiles of Kyushu, a unique opportunity to experience Japanese culture and textile in the southern island of Japan. Second is Edible Japan, which will be a modified version of the original Culinary Tour with an extra day in the Shinshu region with sake brewery tour, miso making and knife shop visits. Stay well and be safe.


January Newsletter 2018

“Happy New Year”

We are rapidly approaching the deadline for the April tours to Japan. Have you always wanted to visit Japan but haven’t had the chance. We are offering personally guided, small group tours to Tokyo and the countryside. Our emphasis is on food and drink, but these tours are designed to be enjoyed by everyone. 

Last day to sign-up for the April tours to Japan is January 15th!
Visit our website for more information or send us an email. We’d  love to see you in Japan!

A few days before the new year, our family spent a night at Blue Skye Acres, a beautiful hobby farm nestled in acres of woods in Wisconsin only 45 minutes away from the Twin Cities.  From the kitchen counter where I sit, I can see the horses and donkeys in the backdrop of snow looking still and silent.  Sun is about to set but the snow still bright from the winter afternoon sun.

This January, Tanpopo Studio is offering two sushi workshops.

1) Farmhouse Sushi WorkShop (Sunday January 14th, from 1-3:30)
Treat yourself this winter to a hands-on learning opportunity. This workshop is like cooking with friends in a private kitchen in the countryside. This 2 ½ hour workshop will take place at Blue Skye Acres in Wisconsin and in this small, hands-on workshop, you will learn how to prepare ingredients and we will teach you the skill set to make different style of sushi.  Included is an afternoon meal of sushi and soba noodle soup to enjoy. 

Arrive early to take a walk along the Ice Age Trail or to check out farm animals.  

2) Sushi: Delicious History at Cooks of Crocus Hills (Saturday January 20, from 10-3)
This half day sushi class will take place at Cooks of Crocus Hills in St. Paul.  
We will go over history, ingredients as well as different style of sushi during the class.  Come in and ready to cook, because we will be cooking together today.  

May 2018 brings everyone joy and happiness.  

Koshiki & Ben Smith

ニュースレター:2018 年1月号



1月14日 午後1時から3時半 ウイスコンシン州ファームハウス
1月20日 午前時10時から午後3時 Cooks of Crocus Hills



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