Kakigori, also known as "shaved ice," is a popular and refreshing treat people of all ages in Japan enjoy. It is made by shaving a block of ice into small pieces, then topping it with flavored syrups or fruit. The most common flavors include strawberry, melon, and soda, although many other unique and local flavors are also available.
Kakigori can be enjoyed year-round, but is particularly popular in the summer months when the weather is hot and humid. Many people in Japan look forward to the arrival of summer just so they can indulge in this refreshing treat. Kakigori is often sold at outdoor festivals and events, and it is also a common offering at Japanese cafes and ice cream shops.
In addition to being a delicious and refreshing treat, kakigori is also a visually appealing. The shaved layers of ice are often formed into beautiful and intricate shapes, making it a popular choice for Instagram-worthy food photos. The colorful syrups and fruit toppings also add to the visual appeal of kakigori.
Kakigori holds a special place in the hearts of many Japanese children. Many adults in Japan have fond memories of eating kakigori as children, and it is considered a nostalgic childhood treat.
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Ailsa van Eeghen
Ailsa has been living in Japan since 2015 all the while enjoying the rich beauty of Kagoshima prefecture. She finds the most joy in exploring little villages, driving around the countryside and exploring the lesser known parts of Japan. Keenly interested in Japan’s regional diversity, you can often find her at michi-no-eki admiring all the local produce. You can find more of her travels and deep dives into Japanese culture on her Instagram @daysofailsa where she writes about her life in Japan.