Japanese Home Party Culture | 4 Steps How to Make Japanese Tako-pa (Takoyaki Party)
Speaking of Japan, what food comes up in your mind?
BOOOO!! Sorry, No Sushi Ramen here.
In Kansai, speaking of Japanese food, everybody would say….
Takoyaki!!! (Octopus Balls)
Yesterday, I attended a Tako-pa (Takoyaki party) at Osaka. It was so much fun and I would like to share it with you here. ^^
What is Takoyaki?
Takoyaki (たこ焼き) – is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus (tako), tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion. It was by a Japanese Tomeiki Endo in 1935, at Osaka, and later spread to whole Japan.
Takoyaki Pan (たこ焼き器) – is typically griddle made of cast iron with half-spherical molds. Nowadays Takoyaki is popular in every Japanese family because of the spread of the Takoyaki pan.
Kansai Japanese Party Culture – What is Takoyaki Party?
How do you party at home in your country?
A box of beer till next morning? Gambling with a group of best friends? Karaoke at home?In Malaysia, we usually invite friends and make hot pot at home together. (Same as what I was doing in Oita)
In Kyushu region, where my home university is located, Takoyaki is popular but not pervasive. However, since I moved to Kyoto, I have several times been invited to some kind of home party that they call – Tako-pa (タコパ Takoyaki party). It seems that Tako-pa is a social culture in Kansai region.
They buy Takoyaki pan, invite friends, share the bill of ingredients, cook Takoyaki, drink beers. This is what Japanese calls – Tako-pa.
4 Steps How to make Tako-pa like a Japanese?
#1 LINE Announcement
First, you need a LINE id.
I was a bit surprised by how LINE is widely used in Japan colleges. We could still live with only Facebook back in APU but here, no LINE, no college life.
Somebody has to be the organizer of the Tako-pa. Create a group in LINE and start inviting friends.
The information should be included in the announcement are:
– Purpose of the party
– Notes (is there special event? what to bring?)
The announcement I got for last night Tako-pa:
p/s Japanese people have a strong culture of “Cooperation”. Usually, you should contribute to the event too. For instance, bring something to the party.
#2 Make Takoyaki
OK once everybody gathered, here comes the most important part – Make Takoyaki!!
There are tones of articles and video about how to make Takoyaki out there. Check out the video made by Cooking with dog:
and the article on wikiHow.
There are “3F” benefits of making Takoyaki at home:
– Fast, it doesn’t take time to prepare
– Fair, everybody can take part.
– Fun, you can make any kind of special Takoyaki based on your creativity!
Tako-pa is fun because it can be made into almost any kind of flavor based on your creativity. For instance, we used Kasutera (カステラ, sponge cake) ingredients instead of Takoyaki ingredients, as a result, we made cute sponge cake balls! ^^
#3 Change seats
Japanese make Tako-pa to make new friends.
For example, the Tako-pa I went to was organized by my friend Eri, and she invited her other friends as well. As a result, we made new friends through Eri.
The party goes like this:
– Organizer speech
– Self introduction to everybody
– Free time
– Change seat
The main purpose of Tako-pa is to make new friends. By introducing yourself at the beginning and changing seats, they will make sure you get to talk to everyone in the party.
p/s in Malaysia, most of the time, we don’t have an official speech and self-introduction part, that makes some people end up with making few or no (worst) friends after the party.
#4 Drink Beers
It seems that Takoyaki matches beer. It’s just a bit awkward if your drink wine or whisky in a Tako-pa. (I mean you can still do that xD)
And I would like to remind you not to forget how to drink like a Japanese. They have rules for toast and drinking. Make sure you do it right. 😉
Tako-pa is a very good method for socializing in Japan. (Mainly Kansai region) If you have chance to get in a Japanese community, try it out! For me, it’s really fun. 🙂
How do you hold home party in your country? Would you like to try Tako-pa with your friends? Share with us in comments 🙂
OH! don’t forget to take photos during the party ya. Let me share my happy hours with you 🙂