Last Tuesday, March 3rd, JSSL held a Doll Festival on campus to celebrate Girl’s Day. There were not only girls, but boys as well, and they enjoyed Origami, Dorayaki and a beautiful piece of music on the viola. In addition to Willamette students, a number of TIUA students and faculty members joined the festival, and we all had a great time together.
One of the highlights was viola performance by Kumi Nakajima. She played “故郷（ふるさと）”affection for a hometown.” She rearranged the song for viola. In addition to playing, she sang the tune. This was beautiful and lit up the festival.
Another highlight was the delicious Dorayaki. Dorayaki is a type of Japanese confection which consists of two small pancake-like patties made from kasutera wrapped around a filling of sweet red bean paste. It is a very popular traditional Japanese sweet. It may be known as Doraemon’s favorite food (ドラえもん). ドラえもんis one of the most famous characters in Japan. Why did we have Dorayaki at the festival? Well, I just wanted to eat them so bad!! Here is the recipe, so you can try yummy Dorayaki by yourself!
Ingredients (serve 6)
2 Eggs, brown sugar 3/4 cup, honey 1 1/2 tbsp, vegetable oil 1 tbsp, baking soda 1/3 tsp (mix same amount of water), mirin 1 tbsp, sifted flour 1 1/3 cup, water 40ml~60ml, red bean paste to taste, your choice of toppings (strawberries, whipped cream etc.)
1. Put ingredients in bowl in order of the list above. Beat well each time until lumps are gone.
2. Add water in batter. Don’t make it too soft. Let it chill for 15 min in fridge.
3. Heat pan and add cooking oil lightly. Pour batter into a pan, make a circle about 3.5 inches across.
4. Flip over when it starts bubbling and has a dry surface underneath.
5. Cook until the top is slightly puffed and golden.
6. Sandwich red bean paste and your choice of toppings!