Things I like about Japan #2: Shaved Ice

Summers in Japan can be brutally hot and humid, but one thing I always look forward to is shaved ice, or kakigōri. Kakigōri (かき氷) is basically a snow cone, but it’s so much better! Instead of the hard chunks of stuck-together crushed ice you typically get in American snow cones, shaved ice is light and fluffy and literally melts in your mouth. My favorite versions have fresh fruit instead of just syrup. It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it. :)

The picture of me above was taken at a small restaurant along Tetsugaku no Michi (the same restaurant selling the “canned bear” shown below). That kakigōri sure hit the spot in the midst of a long day of sight-seeing!