Everyone in attendance had a pleasurable evening on Friday at the Russian Cultural Celebration. OIS Russian families and Osaka University Russian professors and students shared their family recipes and experiences on all things Russian. We learned how to make pelmeni (dumplings), blinchiki (crepes) and sampled many desserts and tea from a samovar. OIS parents Ana Yurieva and Liliya Sova should open a Russian restaurant here in Osaka! Delicious! We made a lot of food but it was all gone by the end the night.
Dr. Sachiko Horii Yokai, OIS parent and Osaka University professor of Russian language, used Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s Second Hand Time: The Last of the Soviets to lead our discussion on identity today in Russia. With Trump and Putin in the news so much lately, it was easy to have a stimulating exchange of ideas. It inspired us to make a trip to nearby Vladivostok, a short flight away from Osaka.
On behalf of OIS I would like to thank everyone who participated, it was a delightful evening! We feel it is important to learn about all the different cultures in our school community and cooking always seems to bring people together. The next cultural evening is tentatively scheduled for Thursday March 4. We will be featuring Egyptian and Saudi Arabian cuisine.