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.

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。






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