100 Flavors of Japanese Ice Cream


A soft cream shop in Iwakuni (Photo Credit: Vicki M. Thiem)

If you ever go to a soft cream stand in Japan, you’ll see the standard flavors: vanilla, chocolate, vanilla + chocolate. But depending on where you are, you might see many more flavors than that.

Dozens of soft cream flavors  (Photo Credit: Vicki M. Thiem)

Some of the flavors seem like common sense to have: strawberry, cherry, banana, orange, even coffee, and a swirl of any of these combined plus vanilla or chocolate. Others of them seem odd, but you want to try them because they’re unusual and kind of cool sounding: flan pudding, lamune, cola, green tea, melon, pumpkin, chestnut, rose, etc.

And then there are those that seem right out. Black sesame? Tofu? Wasabi? Soy sauce? All manners of seafood? What? Are the Japanese intent on being weird?

First, an advice for life: don’t knock it until you try it. Second, in America, everyone is intent on bacon-flavored everything, so the Japanese aren’t just being weird. This is part of their culture.

Many of the most bizarre ice cream flavors you’ll come across is region-oriented. In the Hagi area, for instance, not only will you stumble upon natsumikan-flavored ice cream, but blowfish-flavored ice cream as well. In towns where they pride themselves on their wasabi, they’ll boast the flavor with wasabi ice cream. I first tried black sesame ice cream in Nara, where the flavor could be found at every soft cream stand, and for the record, it’s now my most favorite ice cream in the world. Many of these flavors are easy enough to find in other parts of Japan as well; at Asakusa, for instance, they also have an extensive list of ice cream flavors to include tofu and black sesame.

It’s also a good way to make more money off of tourists, as the weirdest flavors are often located at big tourists sights. What better way to get people traveling from far and wide to spend money than introducing them to something completely outrageous, so outrageous they have to try it? Even locals may balk at the strange flavor before them and then let curiosity overcome them as they fork over the 100, 200, 500 yen for the ice cream cone.

The strange flavors go beyond the soft cream stands, however. Google “Japanese ice cream” or “strange ice cream flavors” and you’ll see that the Japanese take a step further in their supermarkets. Prawn ice cream, squid ice cream, eel ice cream, you name it, they have it. And they must sell moderately well as these aren’t necessarily rarities, either. Apparently, they’re tastier than you think they would be. Unusual, for sure, and nothing like you’ve ever tasted before, but not mazui.

For any traveler to Japan, the surest sign of your adventurous spirit is your willingness to try the strangest ice cream flavor you can find. Don’t be afraid; these flavors have stuck around for a reason, after all. Who knows, maybe like the green tea ice cream, some of these will eventually make their way into the Western world. I hope the black sesame ice cream is next myself.

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Fukuoka – A Two Face City for a Break from the Busy Cities to the North


I have to agree that most of the beautiful and amazing cities in Japan are located on their largest island, which is Honshu Island, where Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are located. However, it doesn’t mean that the cities located on smaller islands around Honshu Island are less appealing compared to the cities on the mainland. One of the proofs for my sentence could be found in Fukuoka, which is a city of 1.5 million citizen that was as one of the most liveable city on earth. Great views, relaxing atmosphere, and rich in culture, Fukuoka is the place for those who wants to take a break from the fast-paced cities to the north. Continue reading

Natsumikan: A Hagi Favorite


As you travel around Japan, you will find that many cities and towns have souvenir shops for the traveler looking to buy something to bring home to remind them of their time spent away from home. Most of the time, these souvenirs are gifts, and believe me when I say that these souvenirs are beyond the level of, “My neighbor went to ____, and all I got was this stupid T-shirt!”

Oh, no, the Japanese are much more thoughtful than that, and it shows in their gift shops. Often, food products are the favorites to go for when purchasing souvenirs for family and friends, and there’s always a theme: what is that city or town most famous for, or what are they the most proud of?

In Hagi, a city in the Yamaguchi prefecture, there are two food products boasted about in their souvenir shops: the natsumikan and the blowfish. Hagi is also famous for their pottery, which is something you can also find touted about in their shops, but for today, let’s focus on the natsumikan, or, literally, the summer tangerine. Continue reading

The Blazing Hot and Sexy Shinjuku Robot Restaurant – When Ladies Meet the Robots


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Japanese who are living in Tokyo is really lucky in this freezing-winter since they have a rather new, unique, and “interesting” restaurant that can make them forget about the pile of snow outside. Moreover, for those who like watching anime or reading manga and ever dreamed about the sexy girls in the robotic anime and manga to be true, here’s your dream come true mate! Beware of the brand new restaurant in the land of 1.001 entertainments Shinjuku, the Robot Restaurant!!! Continue reading

The Favourite Japanese Winter Dishes that are Going to Make Your Mouth Water


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One of the reasons that make us love Japan is because Japan has lots of delicious foods, isn’t it? Since Japan has lots of media, such as anime, manga, dorama, game, etc, to spread their culture; it also make the Japanese foods become well-known among us and even in the world. I guess there isn’t someone who doesn’t have any idea about sushi today. Another interesting thing is Japan has lots of variation of foods because Japan has four different seasons, since you can’t eat something that is cold in winter season unless you wanna get stomachache. Today, as the winter season draws near, I’m going to cover about what are the Japanese winter dishes, the tasty foods that can make our mouths water and warm our body as well in the midst of the snowy season. Continue reading

Top 7 Most Romantic Places in Tokyo!


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Hello guys, how is it going? I hope you are all fine since today I’m going to cover about the romantic places in Tokyo. One of the most essential things that the lover seek is a romantic place to spend their time, isn’t it? In my opinion, Tokyo is one of the cities in this world that has the most romantic places. Though the style of the romantic is quite different with what will you get in other cities like Paris, Tokyo has its own characteristic of romance. From a romantic park to a romantic restaurant in a high building, Tokyo has it all. Not to mention the magnificent views surrounding the area and the great atmosphere in those places, certainly those are something that you can only find  in no other city but Tokyo! Now, let’s see what are those romantic places that Tokyo has to offer.. Continue reading

Colourful Harajuku – The Ground Zero for the Hang-Outers in Tokyo – part 3 Takeshita Doori


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Hello fellas! I’m back with the new Colourful Harajuku – The Ground Zero for the Hang-Outers in Tokyo – part three. This is the newest post of this series and this time we’re going to the very heart of Harajuku, which is Takeshita Doori! Before we start, I’d like to deliver my biggest apology for all the readers of Japanesense because on the last Friday and Monday I didn’t post any article at all. I was occupied with the college things, there was a final exam for one of my subjects, however, here I am now back with my newest article! Anyway, most of you must have ever heard or seen this place before, since it’s pretty famous, but let’s explore this place one more time with me since this place; just like the other places in Tokyo; is always a changing. There are always new things here and there and that what make this place become a merry and exciting place to come by. Continue reading