A few weeks ago I went to the Russian bake sale in Kaufman hall. I had tried a few Russian dishes before such as borscht, but for the most part Russian food still scared me. I tried a dish called blini and I was surprised by how good it was. It was basically like a pancake, but tasted a little bit different. Traditionally different things are put on it such as jam, and even sour cream. I didn’t opt for the sour cream, but blini is definitely something that I would try again, and I look forward to trying more Russian food.
This spring the Japanese club held an event about Japanese martial arts. The event talked about different Japanese martial arts such as Budo, Karate, and kendo. The event was very interesting and I learned many new things about martial arts that I didn’t know before, They also gave demonstrations of a few of the martial arts that was very fun to watch. I never thought that I would be interested in Japanese martial arts, but watching this presentation made me want to look into in the future.
The Japanese Mingle was a very fun event presented by the OU Japanese Club. I went to it for the first time this year. There were plenty of interesting activities to do, and if even if you aren’t very good at Japanese you can still have fun, I think that they found a good way to make the games challenging without making it unfair for the students in lower levels. Overall I thought the event went very well, and I was very happy that I went.
This year I went to a lot of bake sales for different clubs. I was very surprised by the amount of bake sales. Not only did I go to the Japanese bake sale, but I also went to the Russian, Italian, and linguistics bake sales. I’ve always enjoyed food very much so the bake sales immediately interested me. My favorite food from these three bake sales would probably be the muffins, because I got one at each of the three sales, so it was interesting to compare them. Overall, the bakes sales were very nice and I can’t wait until next year.
This semester I had a group project in my Japanese class where we researched a part of Japan and gave a presentation as if we had gone there. It was very fun to research and learn more about some of the details of these cities. My group did our presentation on the Hyogo prefecture on the Honshu island of Japan. It is a very interesting place with many sightseeing opportunities. The presentations given by the other groups were also very interesting, and I got to learn a lot about these different places.
The event I was most excited for this semester was the Japanese club banquet. I went last fall and it was one of the most fun events that semester, so I was very excited for this year. This year I also decided to make something to take to the banquet. After practicing many different dishes I decided to make a Japanese roll cake. The roll cake was difficult to make because it came turned out differently every time that I made it. In the end it didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked it too, but I hope to do better next year.
Earlier this semester a fun event well held on the south oval by the Chinese club. They served some good food and I also got to hear some good music. I was very surprised by the music because I thought it would take many instruments to produce such a variety of sounds, but in fact it was all coming from one instrument. I also tried some Chinese tea for the first time ever, which I thought was pretty good. Overall it was a very fun event and I hope to go to more like it.
Last semester I realized that I wanted to get more involved here at school. One of the ways that I have found to become more involved is through the Japanese club. The Japanese club has had some great events so far this year and they still have more to come. So far this year I have went to a calligraphy workshop that taught me how to make kanji with actual brushes and oil and to the Japanese book and bake sale where I got some good books and ate some great food. Later this semester I hope to attend the Japanese club banquet which was my favorite event last year. I am very grateful of the amount of events that the Japanese club provides because it gives me the opportunity to learn more about the culture that I am studying. Next semester I hope to become even more involved in the club and go to more of the weekly meetings and study sessions that they have.
Today I went to something that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. That thing is the Japanese Club bake Sale. Last semester was the first time I heard about the event, but sadly it was cancelled due to bad weather. This semester they pushed the date from February to October to avoid that same fate. I went early this morning before my Japanese class and got a few books that looked interesting and these little wafer snacks that kind of looked like rice cakes. One fo them tasted very salty, but the other one reminded me of popcorn with honey and sugar on it, regardless, they were really good. After class I returned to the bake sale and bought a scone that was amazing. I would highly recommend the bake sale to anyone, regardless of if they like Japanese food.
This year one of the toughest things I had to do was learn lots of kanji. Although learning them was difficult, I am very appreciative that I did. Now whenever I glance at different Japanese books I can often understand a few of the kanji. I felt like this was an important step for me in my international studies.