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The Bangladeshi Curry Class @ Aichi Summer Seminar 2014 : Will I be able to greet the summer next year?


CAM00359-a     Oh, no! Hold this class next summer, too! Please!

     I was in the kitchen of Takakura High School of Economics Nagoya University on July 20. It was a cooking class of Aichi Summer Seminar, which is an annual event held by private schools in Aichi Prefecture. Aichi Summer Seminar is also known as “The Dream School” because anyone can become teachers and students freely. You can choose and take any classes basically for free from more than 3,000 classes. It was held at some schools near Nagoya City Museum in Mizuho-ku from July 19 to 21 this year. The places change every year, but I’ve joined the same cooking class for five years. I like the Bangladeshi chicken curry in the class! CAM00363-a

     It was a very hot day when I attended the class. But the kitchen was very comfortable because of the air-conditioner. There were 20 people in the room. The participants were separated into some groups, each of which had about half a dozen people. I used “cooking” above, but there are not so many things to do in the class. You fry onions. That’s all. Oh, one more thing. You check the other teams’ progress. The room was cool, but we soon became hot and started perspiring a lot. All the teams began frying onions… CAM00364-a

     Actually I’ve already introduced the recipe in my past article. (Aichi Summer Seminar 2011) But I tell you how to cook the Bangladeshi chicken curry again here:

Bangladesh Chicken Curry Recipe   

Serves: 6

Ingredients: 750g           chicken drumsticks
                         2              onions
                    1 1/2tbs       ground ginger
                    1 1/2tbs       ground garlic
                      6tbs           salad oil
                    1 1/2tbs      curry powder
                    1 1/2tbs      salt
                                         some water CAM00368-a

1) Rinse the chicken, chop the onions, and grind the ginger and garlic.
2) Heat oil in a pan, fry the onions until brown.
3) Add the ground ginger and garlic, curry powder and salt.
4) Pour water, cover the pan, and cook it for about 30 minutes. CAM00369

     How easy! No.2 is the most important! You need to fry onions patiently! I was able to eat delicious curry and rice this year, too! Thanks! Teachers served Bangladeshi spiced tea and snacks. I had a really good time! But one of the teachers said to me, “We might not have this class any more…” What?! I really like this class! So, I asked her to have the class next year too. Summer will never arrive for me untill I take the class! Will I be able to greet the summer next year?

Teacher with Shafts of Love Comes to Small English Club: “Teacher, Teacher, I like him!”


     “Chinese philosophy!?” The two ladies and I repeated the word in surprise. We were making curry in the cooking room of Nanzan Elementary school. It was a very hot day in July. An interesting event named Aichi Summer Seminar is held in Nagoya every July. There are more than 3,000 classes in it and anyone can take any classes freely there. That is why it is called “The Dream School”. I have participated in the dream school for five years and I take the same cooking class – Bangladeshi curry – every year. (I have written the event and the curry class in the past: 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012)

     The Bangladeshi curry class is led by some members of Japan Bangladesh Cooperative Society. Although I took the class five times, I have never met a Bangladeshi there but some Japanese members of the NGO and a Seychellois. Seychelles is a country officially called the Republic of Seychelles comprising more than 100 islands in the Indian Ocean. I think it is very rare to come across a Seychellois in this Far Eastern island country. He is Jean. He teaches English, economics, and Chinese philosophy in a university, and of course, teaches how to make delicious Bangladeshi curry in the cooking class.

     The opening exclamation was uttered when one of the classmates in the cooking class asked Jean about his leisure time:
     “So, what do you do in your spare time?”
     “Well…I read books.”
     “What kind?”
     “About my study.
     “What do you study?”
     “Chinese philosophy…”
     “Chinese philosophy?!”

     How interesting! You know, he is from Seychelles and studies Chinese philosophy in Japan! I wanted to listen to him more and I thought I should not get his story all to myself at the same time. Then a light bulb went on over my head. I have a small English club in my neighborhood and teach some senior citizens once a week. I decided to invite him as a guest to the club. In fact, one year had already passed since they had an opportunity to talk with an English speaker. (The episode is here: “An Event at a Small English Club: When is the next session?”) I was sure they would be glad at the meeting. It was very kind of him that Jean agreed readily to come to the club.

     The session was held on the second Wednesday this month. Seven members came to the club that day. The average age is around 75. The oldest person is an 83-year-old lady. The youngest is probably 63. Although one is a patient of Parkinson disease, one is recovering from a stroke, one has poor lung function, one is suffering from a spinal canal stenosis, and two of them have panic disorders, those elders and betters are flexible and curious, and enjoy their lives. So, they were waiting for Jean’s arrival in their excitement that morning.

     Jean entered the room in applause. The senior citizens looked a little nervous in the beginning, but soon all of them were attracted by his interesting stories and came out of their shells. They looked very happy during the meeting. I was also very happy to see them excited with their starry eyes. They were enjoying like children. Pleasant hours fly past. Finally the time came when they had to say goodbye to Jean. While the others were saying goodbye and thank you to him, one of them ran up to me and whispered, “Teacher, Teacher, Jean is gentle and good-looking. I like him.” “Ha ha. I knew you would say that!” I winked at her. Actually, the rest of ladies came to me later and left similar comments. It seems that Jean has not only boosted the elderly people’s motivation for learning English, but also pierced some senior women’s hearts with shafts of love!

Aichi Summer Seminar 2012: Interesting Bangladeshi Curry Class without Bangladeshi "Yummy!"



     “I’m very happy to see you again, Jean-san! But I’m a little bit sad today…” When I found Jean at the room, I greeted him. To my delight, he remembered me. I was in a cooking class of Aichi Summer Seminar, which is called a dream school with more than 1,500 classes held at a private school in Aichi Prefecture every July, and was held at Toho High School and University this year. The reason why it is called a “dream” school is because anyone can teach anything and anyone can take any classes for free there. It began 24 years ago and many people enjoy the dream school every year. I first took part in Aichi Summer Seminar four years ago, when my first experience there began at a Bangladeshi curry class at Doho Gakuen High School. Since then I’ve looked forward to taking the same curry class every summer. CAM00123-a

     “Why are you feeling sad?” Jean asked me wonderingly. He is an assistant of the curry class. Actually, the Bangladeshi curry class has always no Bangladeshi. Jean is from Seychelles and other staff is all Japanese. Interestingly it’s much rarer to meet a Seychellois than seeing Bangladeshis in Japan. He remembered me because I had taken the class for four years in a row and there is another reason. When I joined the class for the first time four years ago, a very cheerful and funny woman was included in my cooking group. Although it was our first time to meet, we instantly became familiar to each other. Until last year, we had always been in the same group and enjoyed cooking curry together. I had expected to see her this year, too, but she was not there.

     “Because that woman is not here today,” I replied to Jean, “You know, that woman…I don’t know her name…just a moment…” I took some photos from my bag and pointed the woman on one of them. “I mean, she…I don’t know her name, though.” Jean was surprised and looked at me, “Aren’t you friends?” “No. I don’t know even her name. We just cooked together in this class every year. I had thought I could see her this year, too…” Jean nodded and said, “Ah…I assumed you two were friends…” I was disappointed not to see the woman, but I enjoyed the class this year, too. I attended this year with three of my friends, and we made a cooking team with a couple. CAM00127-a

     It was a cooking class, but there was not anything special for us to do except for stir-flying chopped onions until brown. So, we fried the onions in turn. It is a monotonous work, but is very important. You need to fly onions until brown avoid scorching. If you don’t, the curry won’t become so delicious.

Bangladeshi Chicken Curry Recipe

Serves: 6

Ingredients : 12 chicken drumsticks
2 onions, chopped
1 1/2tbs ground ginger
1 1/2tbs ground garlic
6 tbs salad oil
1 1/2tbs curry powder
1 1/2tsp salt
some waterCAM00128

1. Rinse chicken with water, chop two onions, and grind ginger and garlic.

2. Heat oil in a pan, and stir-fly the onions until brown.

3. Add ground ginger and garlic, curry powder, and salt, stirring for 5 minutes.

4. Add chicken and stir for 10 minutes.

5. Pour just enough water to cover the content and cook with a lid for 30 minutes. 

     When I wasn’t stirring onion, I had nothing to do apart from fanning my friends who were at the stove. Then I found a man who didn’t look Japanese in the class, and asked him, “Are you from Bangladesh?” He replied laughing, “No! I’m from Maldives.” The Bangladeshi curry class had Japanese, a Seychellois, a Maldivian but no Bangladeshi. Interesting! The class was organized by a NPO called Japan Bangladesh Cooperation Society (J.B.C.S), which plays an important role in building hospitals in Bangladesh. In the class, the participants learn not only cooking but also Bangladeshi situation. Although there weren’t any Bangladeshi people in the class, I came to know many things about their country through cooking. The curry was, of course, very delicious! CAM00134-a

     After the curry class, my friends and I took a pastel drawing class together. It was the first time for all of us to draw pictures with pastels. We enjoyed do the drawing with lots of pastel’s tender colors. Both of drawing pictures and pastel colors seem to have healing power. We were able to relax and had a wonderful time in the comfortable atmosphere. I’m going to take part in the dream school next year, too!

Aichi Summer Seminar 2011: Joyful and delicious Bangladeshi curry class!


TS3N1160-a      When I opened the door of the kitchen, I saw a familiar face there. She also sighted me and waved with a big smile on her face, saying “Look! I’m wearing the same shirt this year, too!”

     This is the kitchen at Tokai High School in Nagoya. I took part in an annual event called Aichi Summer Seminar with some of my friends. This event has more than 1,000 classes every year and you can learn many different things for free or at a low price. TS3N1162-a

     It was two years ago when I discovered such a wonderful event. Since then I’ve taken a class of Bangladeshi curry, and it was my third time to see her in the class this year. We found out that she was wearing the same shirt last year as she had worn it two years ago, and then she promised me that she would wear the shirt next year, too. TS3N1166

     I was very happy to see not only her but also Jean there. He’s a mini-celebrity. He is the only Seychellois in this area of Japan. That’s why he is sometimes interviewed on TV. I hadn’t seen him since we met first in this curry class last year, but he also remembers me.

     Actually, there were no Bangladeshi people in the class. So, I thought Jean was Bangladeshi at first. No Bangladeshi but Seychellois and Japanese in a Bangladeshi cooking class. Anyway, the class was fun and very interesting and made the participants so happy. Needless to say, the curry was so nice and delicious!TS3N1164-a

Bangladeshi Chicken Curry Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 6)

750g Chicken with bones
2 onions (chopped)

1.5 tablespoons ground ginger
1.5 tablespoons ground garlic
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1.5 tablespoons curry powder
1.5 teaspoons salt
1 L water

1. Rinse chicken and cut properly

2. Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onions, stir-fly until onions become brown.

3. Add ground ginger and garlic, curry powder and salt, stir-fry 5 minutes.TS3N1168

4. Add chicken and fry 10 minutes.

5. Add water, shimmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

      Actually I don’t know the name of the lady who was wearing the same shirt as last year, and she doesn’t know my name, either. But we promised to meet each other at the curry class next year, too. She also promised me to wear that shirt again!

Bangladeshi Curry Class



  “I have other clothes!” She yelled that and we laughed. That was one scene at a class of Bangladeshi curry…There was an interesting event named Aichi Summer Seminar the other day. It is held every summer at a private school, which rotates every year, in Aichi prefecture and anyone can teach and study what they like there. It was held at Sugiyama Jogakuen High School and the department of dentistry at Aichi Gakuin University this year, and had more than 1,400 classes.TS3N0793

   The event was on August 17, 18, and 19 this year and I took part in it on 19. I took a cooking class of Bangladeshi curry at the first period, a class of scene voice at the second period, a Chinese language class at the third period and a Tai Chi class at the fourth period that day.     
     Actually I took the same Bangladeshi curry class last year. I decided to take the class again this year because the curry had been very delicious and unforgettable. In the class, participants have to make teams for cooking together, and I found a woman who had cooked with me at the same group last summer was in my team. I was very happy to see her again and looked for a photo taken last year in my cell phone. TS3N0796

     The opening words were the woman’s when I showed her the last year’s photo. She was wearing the same shirt! What a coincidence! She was embarrassed, though our team mates and I found it interesting. We enjoyed cooking, laughing in such a good atmosphere. Of course, the curry was really delicious! We had a great time and promised to see each other at the Bangladeshi curry lass next year, too! The woman also promised to appear in the same shirt next time!TS3N0797