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evenings and mornings are beginning to get cooler, as we feel Autumn
coming around, but the lingering summer heat in the afternoons is
still quite harsh.
in Fukuoka where I live, the summer this year was really hot.
during the hot summers the one thing I really like to eat is of
course Kaki Gori ( Shaved Ice with syrup) .
I was a kid I often used to make Kaki Gori with a machine, cover it
with bright colored syrup and and eat it. There are electrical ones
now as well, but in the old days, the Kaki Gori machines were manual
and used to be have a handle which you would turn by hand . It was a
little difficult but everytime you turned the handle there was a
panda whose eyes would roll with each turn so it was fun.
becoming an adult, I have stopped making Kaki Gori at home, but
sometimes I go out to a Kaki Gori shop .
summer comes around, shops that have Noren ( sign curtains hung at
the shop entrance) which have the Kanji for ice (Kouri 氷
written on them catch my eye. You can get Kaki Gori at these shops.
Fukuoka, the most popular one is Cobalt ice cream 「コバルトアイス」.
Even though it is Kaki Gori, for some reason they named it ice cream,
but with its fine texture it feels great in your mouth, so it has
been a long-selling favorite here. There are other types too, there
is a fluffy and mild shaved ice which is made from frozen raw fruits
which comes from Taiwan and many other Kaki Gori appearing that are
full of unique flavors.
We usually eat this treat until the end of
September, so if you have a chance to travel to Japan before then,
please come and try it.
The lingering summer heat gets blown away by this
★ 今週の語彙 This week's vocabulary
a shaved ice with syrup on the top
lingering summer heat; the heat
of late summer
turn something around
catch one’s eye [attention]
, fluffy, light
vanish immediately, be blown away, be shattered