Today marked the first weekend we have had at the academy, but that didn’t stop our academy adventures. In order to dedicate our afternoon to traditional Japanese cooking, we loaded our morning with both of our language classes for the day back-to-back. We learned everything from onomatopoeia to basic kanji to formal interview conversations.
After lunch, we headed to Duncan Memorial Church, where we would learn how to make dorayaki, a Japanese sweet red bean paste pancake sandwich. In advance, the Cooking Han, a group in charge of food preparation, prepared recipes and time-consuming ingredients (like the red bean paste) by hand. They were also the ones who demonstrated the cooking process to the rest of the class.
Bobby, also known as 七〜くん (nana-kun) due to his tendency to arrive seventh when his group is gathering, is a part of the cooking han, and has enjoyed it immensely, saying, “Cooking was a great bonding experience… I loved it, and feel like everyone else did too… It was cooled beans!”
We had a great time overall, even making our director, Kyle-sensei, a giant frog dorayaki since his name is similar to “frog” in Japanese. We’re excited to share this recipe with our families at home! じゃあ、また!