Cherry Blossom Flavoured Shaved Ice Released at Kakigori Atelier Sekka in Sugamo

09.April.2018 | FOOD

Kakigori Atelier Sekka is a shaved ice shop in Sugamo ― a neighbourhood in Toshima, Tokyo ― that has been using natural ice from Mount Fuji since this year. The shop is now selling limited edition cherry blossom flavoured shaved ice for spring only.

 

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巣鴨「かき氷工房 雪菓」春限定桜フレーバー

The shaved ice has no-bake cheesecake syrup poured all over it and the inside is filled with cherry blossom flavoured condensed milk. It is topped with cherry blossom petals and cherry blossom fromage blanc.

 

巣鴨「かき氷工房 雪菓」イチゴフレーバー

The shop is also selling their Ichigo Mamire strawberry shaved ice again which is a hit every year. This popular flavour is stuffed with so many strawberries you won’t know if you’re eating strawberries or shaved ice. Be sure to check this one out too.

 

巣鴨「かき氷工房 雪菓」

If you’re in Tokyo, then make sure to stop by Kakigori Atelier Sekka this spring and cool yourself off with one of their limited seasonal flavours.

 

■Information

Kakigori Atelier Sekka

Address: 3-37-6 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11:00-17:00

*Opening hours will change in the summer season.

Closed: Mondays

Access: 5-minutes on foot from Sugamo Station via the Yamanote Line / 3-minutes on foot from Sugamo Station via the Toei Mita Line

TEL:  03-5980-9891

Website: http://www.atelier-sekka.com/

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    Shaved ice is one of the most popular desserts during summertime in Japan. It’s made with ice shaved from an ice block and drizzled in different kinds of syrups.

     

    Here’s a list of 6 shaved ice desserts you should try in Japan this summer.

     

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    Fruit Parlor Odawara is located in the city of Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture and sells desserts mixed with fresh fruits. Their strawberry shaved ice is made with around 25 sachinoka strawberries farmed locally, while their melon shaved ice uses carefully selected ripe melons and is served inside a melon. Only 10 of each flavour are available to purchase each day. They’re being sold until the end of August, so be sure to visit quick!

     

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    Fruit Parlor Odawara

    Address: 3-4-3 Uchimaru, Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 9:00am-8:00pm / [Sunday & Holidays] 9:00am-7:00pm

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Website: http://www.banrin.co.jp

     

     

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    Mario Gelateria Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs

    Address: Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs B2F, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00

    TEL: 03-6434-1692

    Website: http://www.mariogelateria.com

     

     

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    Taiyaki Tomoean

    Address: 1-35-20 Asagayaminami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-6383-2144

    Website: http://www.tomoean.net/

     

     

     

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/113471

     

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    Address: Shanzerize Harajuku B1, 4-28-14, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11am-9pm (Last Orders 8:30pm)

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    Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13207127/

     

     

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    ■Information

    Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa, Karuizawa Lakeside Shop

    Address: 2277 Omae, Tsumagoi-mura, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture

    Available: Everyday from July 28, 2018 – September 2, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-4:00pm (Last Orders 3:30pm)

    Website: http://www.hgp.co.jp/inf/Z10/pdf/201806_KL_WEB用_夏フェスデータ_3.pdf

     

     

    Tamba Spring Water Shaved Ice

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    Tamba Spring Water Shaved Ice

    Available: June 21, 2018 to mid-September

    Serving Times: From 2:00pm (Closed: Wednesdays)

    Location: Nakajima Taishodo – Tamba Honten

     

    Address: 448 Kaibaracho Kaibara, Tanba-shi, Hyogo Prefecture

    Opening Hours:

    Shop – Weekdays 11:00am-5:00pm / Weekends & Holidays 10:00am-5:30pm

    Cafe – Weekdays 11:00am-5:00pm / Weekends & Holidays 11:00am-5:30pm

    Closed: Wednesdays, New Year’s Holidays

    TEL: 0795-73-0160

    Website: http://www.ntdshop.jp/

     

     

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    It’s an old Japanese-style house so it has a much different atmosphere to that of stylish Daikanyama. The outside of it has a warm and welcoming feel to it that will have you wanting to see what kind of place it is.

    Upon entering through the shop sign curtain, you arrive in the courtyard which is surrounded by trees. You can hear the sounds of birds from somewhere, and when the wind blows you also hear the rustling of tree leaves. You completely forget you’re in Tokyo as you feel like you’ve come to a grandma’s house in the countryside. It’s very relaxing.

    Hm? What’s this odd looking thing?

    These unique ornaments were scattered all around the courtyard ready to greet us!

    This sign makes for a great photo spot. It says ‘Urara’ just like the name of the café. Its nostalgic design is so cute!

    When you really look, it says tissue paper on it! There’s lots to be discovered on the posters and signs that make up the interior, it’s a lot of fun!

    I ordered the Uji adzuki bean shaved ice topped with condensed milk! It cost ¥600 for the shaved ice and ¥100 for the topping. The matcha used is from Uji in Kyoto. Such a big portion of shaved ice is enough to cool you down by just looking at it.

    Let’s eat!

    Where have I tasted this before…

     

    The matcha seeped all the way to the middle of the shaved ice. The refreshing sweetness was so tasty. The adzuki beans are from Tokachi in Hokkaido. They were a perfect combination with the condensed milk. The ice used is natural ice from Nikko. It’s fluffy, tastes great, and doesn’t give you brain freeze!

     

    Natural ice is different from regular ice. It’s frozen slowly so the crystals have high density, and it takes longer for it to melt. The cool part was how it didn’t crumple instantly when I poured the syrup on it!

    This is blueberry syrup (¥600). The blueberries used are from Nagano. They make it from jam in the café. Isn’t the colour just beautiful?

    It has that sour flavour that blueberries have and a refreshing, lip-smacking sweetness.

    I normally don’t drink alcohol, but since Urara is a café and a bar I will show you a mojito (¥600). The mint is so refreshing!

    On a hot summer’s day it seems like there are people who order both shaved ice and beer together. They’re seasonal items so will satisfy and cool you down.

    I also got to meet Tama-chan, the cat who comes to play at Urara. One time when I came before Tama was out walking so I didn’t get to meet him.

    Lastly, I snapped a photo with Arai who’s in charge of promoting Urara!

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    Urara feels natural thanks to SELIN & Co., an apparel maker who make things that feel one with nature. The staff at Urara all love living things, so the big hearted atmosphere there was really wonderful.

    If I was to set up a shop I wonder what it would be like…

    I think I’d want to put out something warm like Urara.

     

    ■Information

    Urara

    Address: 20-10 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:30am-7:00pm / Weekends & Holidays 11:30am-7:30pm

    *Closed during rainy weather.

    Access: 4-minutes on foot from Daikanyama Station via the Tokyu Tokoyo Line

    Website: http://www.hrm.co.jp/news/2016/04/garden-cafe-bar-urara

     

    Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

    Editor:Ai Watanabe

    Design:Yuko Abe(ASOBISYSTEM)

    Translater:Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    The PEANUTS Cafe in Nakameguro is themed on the popular American comic strip Peanuts featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy. The cafe is now selling a limited edition shaved ice inspired by the character Woodstock, a yellow bird and Snoopy’s best friend.

    EAT-IN Woodstock Shaved Ice – ¥850 (Pre-Tax)

     

    The cool and refreshing eat-in Woodstock Shaved Ice is made with frozen mango, pineapple and orange and drizzled in a lemon syrup. The whipped cream is topped with lemon flavoured cotton candy made in the image of Woodstock’s iconic tuft. Enjoy a unique texture by pouring the passion fruit sauce over the fluffy cotton candy♡

     

    TAKEOUT Woodstock Shaved Iced – ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

     

    The takeout version includes passion fruit sauce, lemon flavoured espuma cream and lemon syrup. Underneath the shaved ice are delicious pieces of frozen mango, pineapple and orange.

     

    Cool down from the sunshine with Woodstock’s refreshing sweet and sour yellow coloured shaved ice.

     

    ■Information

    Woodstock Shaved Ice

    Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro (2-16-7 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo)

    Available: August 10, 2018 – September 18, 2018

    Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/

    © 2018 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

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    As the name suggests, the delicious line-up imagines a mermaid princess who resides in the emerald green ocean with the sun beating down and reflecting off the water’s surface. This picturesque scene comes to life in the form of 30 colourful desserts, 5 light foods, a selection of high-quality teas, 20 non-alcoholic cocktails, and more. All of this can be enjoyed as a projection mapping show takes place in the restaurant to the relaxing sounds of the ocean.

     

    On the menu is the ‘Rosy Shell Gem,’ a rose-flavoured shortcake with a fluffy sponge stuffed with white peach and mixed berries. There’s also the ‘Blue Lagoon’ cake with a white wine mousse and honey-roasted blueberries and blackcurrants, as well as the ‘Pearl Bracelet’ made with white sesame seed bavarian cream and refreshing passion fruit and pineapple.

    The ‘Deep Sea Sinking Emerald’ creates the image of a mermaid finding a treasure that has sunk deep in the ocean. It’s made with a chocolate ganache that’s topped with a deep-green alcoholic Mojito jelly. The ‘Mermaid’s Treasure Box’ is a meringue decorated with summer fruits like mango and apricot which are the jewels of the treasure box. The ‘Love Letter in a Bottle’ is inspired by a love letter in a glass bottle not reaching its destination. It has a plum and grape mousse with mascarpone cheese.

    Other items on the menu include the vanilla custard jelly dessert ‘Mermaid’s Tears Religieuse,’ the hermit crab-like acai and blueberry jelly yogurt mousse ‘Mermaid’s Attendant,’ the ‘Loving Mermaid’ galette bretonne which looks like a mermaid’s tale, ‘Sunset Jelly,’ and more.

    For drinks, there’s high brand teas like Earl grey from Ronnefeldt as well as Mango Dream, Soft Peach, a variety of mermaid-inspired non-alcoholic cocktails, coffee, and so on.

     

    Feast upon the treasures of the ocean at the Crystal Mermaid in White Lagoon buffet.

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