Hello everybody! みなさん、こんにちは！
This week, we selected JLC's new officers for next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
So here they are!
President - Nick Dunk
Vice President - Hitomi Onda
Treasurer - Sarah Sweat
Secretary - Michael Wright
Fundraisers - Liz Aguilar, Juan Montalvo, Liz Woolsey
Auxiliary - James Taylor, Terry Miles, Angelica Velasquez
部長 ぶちょう-大統領 だいとうりょう(Power overwhelming!)
After the election process, we discussed the Kansai dialect, a relatively common dialect amongst the many in Japan. 関西弁 かんさいべん.
Here are some differences between Kansai ben and the standard Japanese taught in your classes.
Standard Japanese-->Kansai ben
good or ok いい、ええ
no good だめ、あかん
Conjugation to the plain(impolite level) negative form.
to not eat たべない、たべへん
to not go いかない、いかへん
Not only a different use of words but also the intonation is a little different. So quite different. Becoming aware of the differences of the dialects gives a new feeling to the notion of studying Japanese doesn't it.
Well the semester is coming close to an end. This tuesday will be the last Japanese Study Session. Also this is the last week for practicing Japanese with Akiko-san.
With that, this is my last post of the year. Good luck with finals!!!!!!!!!!!
*****2010 Sakura Festival*****
Thanks to the photographer Jonathan Reyes, we have so many awesome pictures of the event. You can contact him about photographing events at (512)810-0338
This is link to his facebook fan page that has lots of his works.
Thanks everybody for all your work in making a great Sakura Festival!!!
Good afternoon everybody!
We only have 9 days until the Sakura Festival and everybody is so busy in getting things done. People are working on making fliers and hanging them up or handing them out. We will be doing more of this.
There is a lot of work and creativity going on for each of the booths. Individually, these booths are Japanese drama, Origami, Martial Arts, Regions and Foods, Music, Anime and Manga, and Fashion.
We have also been busy with practicing for performances like Perfume, break dancing, and Soran Bushi. We will also have many invited performers!
And we have been so busy with fund-raising for the Sakura Festival!
Doing all of this while we all have school assignments and classes! Good job everyone but we are not done yet, but we almost are! Lets keep it up!
Japanese Study Session will continue like normal. It is a great place to study Japanese!
Tuesday and Wednesday 3:30-5:00, Lampasas 501
*****If any one wants to use JSS for Sakura Festival Preparation, then please come and use JSS time and space!!!!*****
Also Japanese tutoring with Akiko-san continues. She helps so much with speaking!!!
Monday and Wednesday 5:00-6:00 at LBJ building near Wells Fargo.
E-mail her for scheduling other tutoring times at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a good day!
This week, we continued our preparations for the Sakura Festival by working together in our booths and groups. All the groups received their poster boards. With these boards, each booth will be able to effectively showcase a lot about their focus to many visiting people.
We had another successful day of fund raising. We sold all of our rice by around 12:30. That was real fast! This week, we will come with more rice.
So about the riceballs (onigiri おにぎり）, we first make teriyaki sauce. It is made up with soy sauce, water, peeled and grinned ginger, diced onion, and sugar. Sometimes salt too. We heat all of those ingredients in a pot. Pretty simple. And with the rice, we just use rice cookers (すいはんき、炊飯器）. Once the rice is done, we have a choice to make hot onigiri or cold onigiri.
With hot onigiri, we leave the rice in the rice cooker and just pour in some of the teriyaki sauce and then mix the rice. We can leave the rice cooker plugged in to keep the rice real warm. Just opening the lid of the rice cooker releases such a nice warm smell. いい あたたかい におい。To make a riceball, we just scoop out some from the rice cooker and onto plastic wrapping for molding into a riceball and for serving.
With cold onigiri, once the rice is finished, we scoop the rice into a large container and then pour in teriyaki sauce and mix. Then we scoop a potion and place onto plastic wrapping, and then fold the wrapping around the rice and mold it into an onigiri. Then it is stored in the refrigerator over night. An important thing about the molding is if it is molded too tightly, then overnight, the rice kind of sticks too much to the point were it loses the characteristics of individual grains in the center. On a hot day, cold onigiri is very refreshing! 涼しい～
Finally, JSS (Japanese Study Session) is still happening. Lately, the Tuesday sessions have been active, however the Wednesdays have been slow. But I can now make it to every Wednesday until sometime in May. I hope many students come for Wednesday too! So just to recap, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 at lampasas 501.
Also tutoring available from Akiko-san (email@example.com). She has regular meeting times of Monday and Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 in the LBJ building near the Wells Fargo. You can e-mail her for requesting specific times.