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Kakunodate Ice Cream and Sakura

Posted in People, Places, Shops by tokyobling on April 27, 2014

If you plan on following the the sakura season (the cherry blossoms) as it progresses northwards you are probably thinking about visiting Kakunodate in Akita prefecture, one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in the north of Japan. Kakunodate is famous for its hanami, or cherry blossom viewing along their beautiful river, but they are also famous for their cheap and delicious sakura ice cream ladies, skillfully creating sweets in the shape of flowers in front of the customer. I don’t remember the price but it was very cheap. Kakunodate is easily reached by the shinkansen train, and very popular with both foreign and Japanese tourists. Enjoy!








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  1. Byunghun said, on April 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    wow that ice cream….I can’t believe how much effort the lady is putting on to that cone.


    • tokyobling said, on April 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

      And they do it surprisingly swiftly – not many seconds per cone! (^-^)


      • C said, on April 29, 2014 at 11:33 pm

        I took cake decorating classes and learned how to make roses — this actually doesn’t look too hard, as long as the ice cream is soft enough to start. A few indents to the white base, slap on four pink slabs and shape a little, and it does look to be fast. Doesn’t look like there’s a choice, with a big surface area and a blunt tool 🙂


        • tokyobling said, on April 30, 2014 at 12:22 am

          Cake decorating! Full of surprises! (^-^)


          • C said, on April 30, 2014 at 3:20 am

            I think the Tennessee housewives were more surprised at my presence, as I was the only one with a day job 🙂 Had a blog post about this years ago — my cakes provided much entertainment for coworkers (who mocked my epic fails, but still gobbled everything down in seconds).

            But I did learn how to make a rose, which is why this looked familiar. Pretty easy with the right tools. I’m not sure how they manage to keep their fingers intact with that ginormous spatula. Brr!


  2. Kaori said, on April 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Beautiful photos! My parents used to live in Akita and the baba-hera ice cream is still my all time favorite. So good 🙂


  3. amadl said, on April 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    That must be the most beautifuL ice cream I’ve ever seen in my Life. I’m not sure I’d have the heart to eat it >.<


    • tokyobling said, on April 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

      Yes, it was beautiful! It looked so easy when these women were doing it!


  4. drowninmelancholy said, on April 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Drown in melancholy and commented:
    Oh, how wonderful!!! *o*


  5. Sonya said, on April 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Beautiful photos! They are mesmerizing. I love the sakura ice cream cone. Wonder what flavor it was…


    • tokyobling said, on April 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

      Thank you Sonya! I had one, of course, but now I can’t remember what flavor it was. It was more like sherbet than ice cream though. Hmm…


      • Sonya said, on April 28, 2014 at 2:58 am

        I just remember the wasabi flavored ice cream I tried in Kyoto. Not good.


        • tokyobling said, on April 28, 2014 at 6:43 am

          Really? I have loved all the ones I have tried so far. Usually it is just a slightly mustardish vanilla. This def. was nothing strange though.


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