How do I spend my summer Japanese style?

Uji-kintoki is best in summer!

Japanese shaved ice is called kakigori. There are a variety of flavors, and a traditional kind is Uji-kintoki which is flavored with green tea syrup and anko (sweet azuki beans).

Kakigori is available in a wide range of quality: ranging from average quality found at the local grocery, to high quality from specialty shops such as famous green tea restaurants. Try it at one of the special restaurants once - they shaved ice is airy and fine. Taste very different. Sweetened condensed milk is often poured, which is my favorite!

by EmiOnishi

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