Stillwater News Press

May 3, 2014

LARRY JONES' Kameoka Corner: Special guests enjoy meal

Stillwater News Press

— A week ago last Thursday evening, April 24, the Sister Cities Council had its annual sukiyaki dinner at the home of Steve and Becky Irby.

It was started several years ago primarily for the students from Japan at Oklahoma State University but this year included other special guests as well.

We were very pleased and honored that our two newest City Council members, Pat Darlington and Miguel Najera joined us. Sukiyaki is a sort of single-dish meal consisting of very thinly sliced beef, yam noodles called, shiratake, shitake mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, table onions, green onions, soy sauce and a little sugar.

One starts with the meat and the sugar which keeps the meat from sticking to the skillet. No cooking oil is used. After the meat browns, the soy sauce and the other ingredients are added. It not only tastes very good, it smells very good as its cooking. In addition to the City Council members, three others present were recognized, Dr. Mohammad Bilbeisi, professor in the School of Architecture and the faculty adviser for the Japanese Student Association (JSA), Miku Suzuki, senior in the School of Architecture and president of JSA and Sister Cities Council member Nancy Simpson.

We were very pleased that Bilbeisi joined us and we thank him for his efforts on behalf of JSA. The Sister Cities Council was very pleased to present a small scholarship to Miku who was recognized the prior evening  as the outstanding Japanese student at OSU.

On a less pleasant note, the Sister Cities Council was sad to have to say farewell to Nancy as she and her husband Gary are preparing to move to the Austin, Texas area. Nancy, thank you for all of your hard work during your time on the council and we wish you the best.

And in closing, we thank Steve and Becky for again allowing us to use their beautiful home for our sukiyaki dinner.  

Larry Jones is a member of the Stillwater Sister Cities Council.