Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert, typically flavored with syrup and condensed milk. It's most popular during the hot summer months and sold all over the Japan, from convenience stores to food stalls to restaurants. Lots of Japanese families even make it at home since it's so simple to make, yet so delicious.
Popular flavors for the syrup include strawberry, green tea, melon, lemon, cherry, and blue (yes blue is flavor). You can also put additional toppings on the ice from fresh fruits, to sweet red beans, to ice cream and mochi. Kakigori is to Japan as Froyo is to the states.
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Nagano is not often spoken of as a primary tourist destination in Japan. But a couple of notable claims-to-fame make Nagano a very interesting place to visit indeed.