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Kakigōri
Kakigōri (かき氷, Kakigōri) - A Japanese dessert made from shaved ice flavored with syrup.

Popular flavors include: strawberry, lemon, green tea, grape, melon, "blue-hawaii" and colorless syrup. Some shops provide colorful varieties by using two or more different syrups. To sweeten Kakigōri, condensed milk is often poured on top of it. It is nearly identical to a snow cone but can have a slightly rougher consistency and a spoon is almost always used. The traditional way of making kakigori involves using a hand cranked machine to spin a block of ice over an ice shaving blade. However, electric ice shavers are most often used; though street vendors can still be seen hand-shaving ice blocks in the summer.

In addition to the streets, Kakigori is also sold in festivals, convenience stores, coffee shops, restaurants; during the hot summer months Kakigōri is sold virtually everywhere in Japan. Some coffee shops serve it with ice cream and sweet bean paste. Convenience stores may also sell it already flavored and packaged similar to ice cream.

Information source: “Kakigori.” wikipedia.org. Article date: 24 Jan. 2008. Retrieved: Wikipedia. 4 Feb. 2008 <Kakigori>.

Video - The following shows an older woman making kakigori.
 
 

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