Saturday, May 24, 2008

Onikakushi Day 12 Release: Shion makes Ohagi!

Hi everyone!

In honor of our Onikakushi Day 12 release, Shion decided to try making ohagi, the Japanese sweet that appears in this chapter. Ohagi are balls of sweet rice and sushi rice mixed together, with a coating of sweet red bean paste. It's fairly easy to make as far as sweets go, and the only cooking required is simmering the rice and cooking the beans (if you don't use canned bean paste like Shion did), so it works well as a summer treat. She mainly used the recipe from this book, but with some suggestions from an excellent Japanese cooking blog that also has a full recipe for ohagi if you want to try it yourself. Tip: avoid buying 'koshian', written こしあん in Japanese, since that's what Shion used and it ended up being too soft and sticky to form a good coating. Either get a can of the chunkier 'tsubushian' (つぶしあん) if you can find it, or a can of the red azuki beans to make it yourself per the recipe instructions.

Which one do you think Shion made? (Hint: the one that looks like crap)

Here you can see Shion's amateurish skills, in both ohagi making and iVideo editing - both attempted for the first time on Friday!

Oh yeah, and here's that new release!

The Sonozaki Futago-tachi English patch for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Onikakushi (Days 1-5,9-12) is now ready! Check Acquiring our releases to find out how to get the patches and the original Higurashi games.

As always, let us know what you think, or if you encounter problems playing the translated game.

Enjoy the steadily-growing creepy, and BEWARE THE OHAGI!