The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School
The Japanese Harvest: Horticulture & Cookery School

About

Grizedale Arts and the village of Kiwanosato will host a unique opportunity for visitors to take part in the traditional Japanese way of life at the beautiful season of harvest time.

Guided by local experts and an experienced Anglo - Japanese team, you will learn about traditional and regional cuisine; seasonal food preservation and the regeneration of former paddy fields into biodiverse plantations. The varied programme will include hands-on workshops; group expeditions, talks & visits, that range from the farmhouse kitchen to the wholesale fish market.

Participants in this programme will build on the success of the summer's Architecture & Design School's building of the Bee School, by taking part in the cultivation of surrounding paddy fields which are to be planted with nectar-rich, bee-friendly plants.

SCHOOL TEAM LEADERS:

ADAM SUTHERLAND (Host & Guide) is director of Grizedale Arts, a contemporary arts organisation based in the rural Lake District. He first visited Japan in 2005 to curate a project at the invitation of the Echigo Tsumari Triennale, and has since visited many times. He has initiated and delivered several Kiwanosato-based projects including the building of the wood-heated bath at the Village House and the recent Architecture School which attracted over 30 applicants from 16 countries. Adam has particular expertise in crafts.

MARIA BENJAMIN (Host) is an award-winning farmer who, with her partner, runs Nibthwaite Grange Farm in the Lake District. Maria has successfully diversified the farm business to encompass ethical livestock farming; wool / fleece production; accommodation and soap-making. Maria is part of the Confederacy of Villages project, which Grizedale Arts has developed to facilitate learning across global rural communities.

MOTOKO FUJITA (Coordinator & Translator) is a Dublin-based artist and photographer who grew up near to Kiwanosato and initiated its collaboration with Grizedale Arts, having worked with them at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Motoko is a member of the Fairland Collective and is an accomplished cook and interpreter, possessing an intimate knowledge of the community and locale around Kiwanosato.

KAREN GUTHRIE (Host) is an award-winning film-maker and artist, whose House of Ferment installation (currently on show at London’s V&A Museum in FOOD) celebrates global cooking practices and cultures. Karen is an expert vegetable grower in her role as Head Gardener for Grizedale Arts, and a knowledgeable Japanese cook who has delivered numerous ‘fork to fork’ workshops, making a visit in 2015 to learn koji-making from villagers in NW Japan.

This opportunity is made possible by the ‘Dream of Kiwanosato’ partnership between Grizedale Arts and the village of Kiwanosato, an ongoing cultural exchange project fostering sustainable futures for rural communities.

Programme

The following is our indicative programme (as of 8th October), subject to change.
A final programme will be available at the end of September.

TUE 5TH NOVEMBER (DAY 1) - KIWANOSATO ARRIVAL:
Welcome tea and settle in
Welcome Dinner in village and informal orientation for guests at Kiwanosato village house

WED 6TH NOVMBER (DAY 2) - ORIENTATION & PLANTING PREP:
09:00 - Induction: Life in the Japanese house, shoe & bath etiquette, dining, village customs and greetings etc
Tea
10.30 - Guided walk of the village, including farms and temples
12:30 - Lunch with village guests
13:30 - Visit to the new Bee School and proposed nectar fields
Introduction to project achievements
18:00 - Dinner in village
19:00 - Traditional bath and evening relaxation / local shopping

THU 7TH NOVEMBER (DAY 3):
09:00 - Botanizing field trip
Planting nectar-rich species around the Bee School
Tea
13:00 - Lunch in village
14:00 - Continue planting
18:00 - Dinner in village
19:00 - Evening relaxation

FRI 8TH NOVEMBER (DAY 4):
09:00 - The Japanese Kitchen: Foundations of Japanese Cooking
Talk and hands-on workshop
12:00 - Lunch in village
13:00 - The Japanese Vegetable Garden
Guided talk and hands-on workshop
18:00 - Dinner in village
19:00 - Evening relaxation

SAT 9TH NOVEMBER (DAY 5):
10:00 - The Traditional Japanese Garden
Workshop including pruning; design; fence-making & knotting and maintenance
13:00 - Lunch in village and free afternoon
18:00 - Dinner in village
19:00 - Traditional bath and evening relaxation

SUN 10TH NOVEMBER (DAY 6) - A DAY OUT:
09:00 - Depart Kiwanosato for shopping trip - garden sundries, antiques
11:00 - Visit to two notable buildings: the Akama Shrine and British Council
12:00 - Visit to Fish Market
Sushi picnic
13:30 - Guided walking tour to Mori house; Chofu garden; Samurai street; Zen temple and City Museum
18:00 - Dinner at traditional soba noodle restaurant near Chofu

MON 11TH NOVEMBER (DAY 7):
09:00 - Everyday Life in the Japanese Farm
Guided tour of a local home and garden
Demonstration of horticultural tools and techniques
12:00 - Lunch in village
14:00 - The Japanese Kitchen
Hands-on tofu-making workshop and tasting
18:00 - Bath and dinner out at local ‘one-stop’ facility

TUE 12TH NOVEMBER (DAY 8):
09:00 The Japanese Kitchen
Seasonal Flavours & Harvests: Tasting and recipe development
12:00 - Lunch
13:00 - The Japanese Home
Flower arrangement (ikebana) demonstration
Tea with village
18:00 - Dinner in village
19:30 - Evening relaxation

WED 13TH NOVEMBER (DAY 9) - LEAVING PARADISE:
We will take all guests to Shinshimonoseki station after breakfast (leaving about 10:00).
The earliest Shinkansen bullet train from Shin-Shimonoseki to Fukuoka Airport departs at 06:49, arriving Hakata station at 07:15. If you take this train you will be at Fukuoka Airport by about 07:40.

We advise booking your return flight departure time no earlier than 10.00.

However, if you must book an earlier flight we would advise you to book a hotel in Fukuoka the night before, in which case we will take you to Shin-Shimonoseki train station the night before.

Organisation

We offer this 8 day trip in two alternatives for those on varying budgets:
£750 per person staying in the Village House (shared single sex rooms in a traditional wooden / tatami mat house).
£1,300 per person including breakfast (£2,000 for room-sharing couples) staying in the Kikugawa hotel. Click the 'Accommodation' link in the menu bar for more information on the hotel.

The above fee includes the cost of accommodation; workshops; materials; tuition; travel to & from local destinations; meals served in the village and travel from and to Shin-Shimonoseki.

It does not include: transport from your home to Shin-Shimonoseki station; eating out during the program and traditional bath fee for the Village House residents (¥550 per person). For more on Japanese bath culture see wikipedia.org/wiki/Onsen.

For guests staying in the hotel, a traditional Onsen bath in-house is free of charge. Hotel breakfast is served from 07:00. Our coach will collect you at the hotel at 08:40 every day unless stated otherwise.

50% of the programme fee must be paid to confirm booking, and then 50% to be paid 2 weeks before travel.

Participants are asked to take out their own travel insurance.

Our group will be maximum 12 participants.

Location

KUTSUWAI, SHIMONOSEKI, JAPAN

Participants are required to arrange their own return flight to Japan and onward travel to Kiwanosato.

FLYING FROM THE UK:
Fukuoka (FUK) is the nearest airport to Kiwanosato. From the UK, direct flights are available from Manchester and London, usually costing between £600 - £1,000 return.

ONCE IN JAPAN:
You may wish to see more of Japan on your trip, in which case a flight to Kyoto or Tokyo plus a Japan Rail Pass is advisable for economical inclusive train travel across the country. The Japan Rail Pass must be purchased BEFORE travelling to Japan (see japan-rail-pass.co.uk).

From Fukuoka Airport, participants travel to Hakata Station (by taxi 20 mins, ¥1,600, or by underground 30-40 mins including transfers, ¥260) and then onwards to Shin-Shimonoseki Station.

From Hakata Station, travel to Shin-Shimonoseki Station by Shinkansen (bullet train). The service runs once every hour and the trip duration is 25 mins. The ticket price is ¥3,500.

The organisers will arrange to meet you at Shin-Shimonoseki Station.

Fukuoka > Hakata > Shin-Shimonoseki

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For detailed information on our Itinerary and how to book, contact motoko@grizedale.org.