Kakigori - かき氷 - Japanese Scratch Card

Kakigori - かき氷 - Japanese Scratch Card

Kakigori (かき氷) is a shaved ice dessert that is very popular at summer beaches, festivals, events and cafes. It is also common for families in Japan to have an ice pick and make homemade Kakigori.

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Most Kakigori are sweetened with colored sugar syrups and condensed milk. In rare cases, it is seasoned with traditional ingredients, such as kinako (Roasted and ground whole soy flour) or anko (Sweet paste, made from red beans, or azuki). It’s the kind of dessert that hasn’t changed much over the past 50 years and has a certain nostalgic feel. The flavors are endless, there are fruit, sweet and even colorless syrups.

Kakigori - かき氷 - Japanese Scratch CardThe origin of Kakigori

Even in the Heian period, around the 11th century, there was the Kakigori. At that time, the ice was scraped with a knife in a metal bowl and consumed with syrup and syrups of various flavors. At this time, the Kakigori it was considered a luxury dessert, because it was made with mountain ice.

During the Meiji period, around the 19th century, the kakigori it started to be more accessible to the public, with a still high price, because part of the ice was imported from the United States. Until a food entrepreneur, Kahe Nakagawa, brought ice from Hokkaido to Yokohama.

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In 1872, he opened the first store of kakigori in the area of Bashamichi in Kanagawa. The ice crushing machine was only invented around 1930. Thanks to this invention the Kakigori has become one of Japan's most popular desserts.

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See some videos about kakigori:

Machine - kakigori Hanbaiki in Action

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A Kawaii video of 2 children using a Hello Kitty kakigori machine