Monday, April 16, 2012

Mountbatten Active Ageing Community Presents Japanese Cultural Month - RT

Mountbatten Active Ageing Community presents Japanese Cultural Month on every Monday afternoon in April for its residents.

I attended the 2nd activity which is making Japanese dessert at Katong Community Centre today.

39 participants, mostly senior citizens, attended the cooking class. These senior residents above the age of 50 pays S$2 each while the rest pay S$10 each.

We learnt to cook two dishes : Daigaku Imo Biscuits and American Ginseng with Gingko Nuts in Yam Puree.

Daigaku Imo is a Japanese dessert of candied sweet potatoes with black sesame seeds. Daigaku Imo means "University Potato" because this dessert was traditionally sold at university festivals. These days, the Japanese eat it at all times, anywhere.

The Daigaku Imo Biscuits we learnt today were very different from what I saw on Japanese food websites. I am going to ask a Japanese friend for her recipe. 

The instructor answering queries from the enthusiastic participants. 

American ginseng

I have signed up for the Japanese Tea Ceremony. I hope

Japanese Flower Arrangement
23rd April 2012

Japanese Tea Ceremony
30th April 2012

Time : 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Venue : Katong Community Centre
Fees :  S$ 2 (Mountbatten residents who are Singapore citizens/PRs who are above 50 yrs old)
           S$10 ( Mountbatten residents who are below 50 yrs old, non-Mountbatten residents,
                      non-Singapore citizens/PRs)


  1. Meaning that Daigaku Imo used to be very expensive in Japan? :D

  2. Dear Ecl Tan, There is so much to learn.
    I bet you had a wonderful and interesting time learning how to make these desserts.
    Have fun at the Japanese Tea Ceremony. I am sure you will enjoy it. Blessings, Catherine xo

  3. You know I love to learn about other cultures so thanks for sharing this!

  4. only $2! :) that's pretty educational for young people as well

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  5. Enjoy the classes. :) Sounds like good learning experiences.

  6. Looks very interesting. I love participating in cooking demos.