Written and photographed by Elliot Schena // M-A Chronicle
It's 11:25 a.m. on Sunday and Lisa Otsuka is in her kitchen preparing loaves of bread. Steeping tea sits on the counter next to her. She's been awake for a few hours, but preparation for the day started on Friday evening.
Yesterday, she cleaned up a bit around the house, made cookie dough, and baked some brownies. A pot of pasta in red sauce is placed in the corner next to her knives. Today, roughly 55 of her students are coming to her house for "Austen Day."
After completing Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, students were cordially invited to her home to celebrate over food, ping pong, and the 1995 BBC adaptation of the novel.
The invitation stated that the event would be from "1:00 to 5:00 (or so)," but to help make bread, some planned to come at noon. At 11:50, students began trickling in.
Whether they took the train, drove themselves, or came with a group of friends, people quickly absorb into conversation. Almost every newcomer is offered a drink or some food within minutes.
Soon, students bustle around her house, squeezing past each other to crowd into the kitchen. The five-and-a-half-hour-long movie is started, and people grab plates of pasta. Plates, cups, and cans of La Croix litter nearly every surface.