Oak Lawn Community High School Anime Sci-Fi Club members Shannon Murphy (from left), Adam Smith, Katie Mancillas and Isabella Welsh prepare mochi. | Supplied photo
More than 25 members of Oak Lawn Community High School’s Anime Sci-Fi Club recently attended a special meeting where they prepared, served and ate Japanese food, according to a press release from the school.
From scratch, students made mochi — a Japanese delicacy featuring rice flour and red bean paste — as well as numerous Popin Cookin candies.
Most of the bite-sized items were bought from Sunrise Oriental in Oak Lawn, the release said.
Students also were able to test their culinary skills at Cooking Mama, a cookery simulation video game on Wii where players are tasked with “cooking” various meals, including chopping vegetables and flipping items in pans.
Sophomore Isabella Welsh, the Anime Sci-Fi Club vice president, said her favorite part of the event was “watching everyone work together and have their own fun,” according to the release. She believes such activities increase bonding among club members and break the monotony of regular meetings.
Anime is a form of popular Japanese animated productions, usually featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. Colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastic themes often characterize the work.
The club is sponsored by Jamie Atkus, the release said.