shave ice (kakigori)

10 Refreshing Japanese Summer Treats to Beat the Heat in Japan

During the summer season, people tend to feel sluggish and lazy, and the unbearable heat makes them want to stay indoors. This summer, energize your body by treating yourself to these 10 refreshing Japanese summer treats! 1. Nagashi Somen jp.fotolia.com/ Other than being cooling and refreshing, it is also fun to eat. The somen noodles…

Enjoy Beer and Dessert in One With ICE MONSTER’s Newest Flavor of Shaved Ice!

Japan is popular for “kakigori,” which means “shaved ice” in English. It is an all-time favorite summer treat in the country. It comes in several flavors such as melon, lemon, cherry, matcha, and many more! This summer 2017, a new flavor was recently introduced, making beer drinkers happy. It’s the beer shaved ice which really…

New Korean Dessert in Harajuku Melts Like Snowflakes on Your Tongue!

Japan is famous (or rather infamous) for their insanely hot and humid summers. I thank God daily for the ubiquitous cold drink vending machines and the “combini” or convenience stores all over Japan. However, there is nothing like a cool dessert to satisfy not only your sweet tooth but also help you survive the Japanese…

Mister Donut’s Summer-Limited Cotton Snow Candy Is Back and Better Than Ever!

Feeling the midsummer heat before the summer months have even officially arrived can be quite a pain, not to mention a big headache. What you’ll mostly need in this heat is good hydration through plenty of cold drinks to get you through it. Luckily in Japan, many establishments are prepared to help you keep cool!…

3 Japanese Foods that Mean Summer Is Here!

With the almost unbearable heat that is the Japanese summer, how do common folks survive when outside in the sun? Taking our mind off with some beautiful summer food is one way people get through the summer. Here are some common dishes people crave during the summer in Japan: Kakigori shaved ice   howcollect.jp/ Kakigori,…

4 Unique Shaved Ice shops you should try this summer!

The quintessential summer icy dessert can be found all over Japan during the summer. It has a long history and can even be traced back to the Meiji period. It was regarded as a high luxury item with ice being imported as far away as Boston in the United States! It was at the Imperial…

Top 5 Kakigori Places in Tokyo

There is nothing like the summers in Japan. The heat, humidity and soaring temperatures are enough to keep one homebound. Luckily there is one yummy alternative to dying in the heat – Kakigori! Kakigori is a delicious concoction of shaved ice with some form of syrup or sweetener (usually condensed milk or even ice cream)…

Top 3 Japanese Summer Treats

Summer is here! Open the window and you can feel it in the air, the humidity and the unbearable sun. A part of me just wants to stay inside all day away from the heat, but at the same time I’m still happy that summer has come! Japan is famous for seasonal treats, every season…