July 10, 2017

Flag of Kakigōri

Restaurant Goûtez, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

From Japan Travel Magazine Matcha: Kakigōri (かき氷), Japan’s quintessential summer treat, is shaved or crushed ice eaten with a drizzling of flavored syrup or condensed milk. Cheap, refreshing and easy to make, it’s the perfect thing to help you get through the sweltering summer heat. Kakigōri was eaten as early as the eighth century, when it was a treat reserved for the upper classes. Apparently, in those days, people used blades to shave blocks of ice, and ate the shavings with amazura (甘葛), a sweetener made with ivy sap. (Read more...

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