Small update! We went out for kakigori at a little shop called Yagiya with a couple of friends this evening. Kakigori is Japanese shaved ice, aaaaaand it’s awesome!
There are so many wonderful flavours! My favourite is yuzu, a type of Japanese lemon, but today I decided to go with pineapple. Our friend Kayla got azuki milk (it had melted by the time I got a picture, it’s not actually just milk with azuki beans, haha), Katie got matcha with azuki beans, and Paul ordered yuzu. (Azuki beans are what make up anko, the sweet bean paste.)
Kakigori is the perfect summer treat! Yagiya offers coffee flavours, caramel, green tea, brown tea, and all kinds of fruit flavours, all of which can have condensed milk, anko beans, and/or ice cream added. The cost is anywhere from ¥300 – ¥650 (about $3 – $6.50).
It’s a wonderful place to hang out with friends, too. We went with two new ALTs in Tatebayashi, Katie and Kayla. Katie, who got the green tea kakigori, has made it her personal mission to try out the entire menu. She’s got a week before Yagiya stops making kakigori and starts making taiyaki (sort of like a fish-shaped waffle stuffed with anko) for the cooler weather!
So if you’re ever in Japan in the summer, be sure to get some kakigori with your friends!