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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.