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.

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 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

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



Kowai Weaving Studio, Textile Tour


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