In the hot and humid summers of Japan, you can stay cool even in the excessive heat. This was made possible after an accidental discovery in the Kanazawa prefecture of the country. This led to the creation of popsicles that do not melt even in the heat of Japan.
The Kanazawa unmeltable ice cream was first made available to the public in April 2017 as Kanazawa Ice. The secret to keeping this ice cream melt free is a polyphenol extract found in strawberries. The liquid has properties that cause water and oil to stay bonded. This causes the ice cream to retain its original shape for longer than ordinary ice cream.
How the Discovery Came About.
Initially, the company started out with a goal to save strawberries not good enough to sell from going to waste. It intended to extract polyphenol from them and use it to make a new confectionery. However, the chef said that whenever the cream encountered the liquid, it would solidify, making it hard to work with it.
There has not been any official testing to know how long it can stay hard in the summer heat before melting. However, it is agreed that his popsicles last much longer than ordinary kinds of ice cream. It would definitely be fun to be able to hold onto your ice cream long enough to take a few snaps.
If you are thinking of visiting Japan soon, here are a few places to visit as you enjoy the unmeltable ice cream.
This is the premier beach destination in Japan. Located in the west of Okinawa, the beach is a good place from which to visit the other nearby islands of the Yaeyama archipelago. The archipelago is particularly popular with families. The reason for this is that the beaches at Maezato and Fusaki are net-protected from sharks and jellyfish.
Although Ishigaki does not have the temples and shrines, for which Japan is so famous of, it does have a great nightlife for those who want to party late at night. There are also other activities such as hiking up Mount Nosoko and other water sports.
The town is located on the coast, just an hour’s drive from Tokyo. The town was once an important place in Japan. It served as the seat of a military government, which ruled Japan for over a century. Today it is a relaxed seaside town with many temples and shrines. The most famous site in the town is Daibutsu. This is a huge statue of the Buddha that is surrounded by tall trees. However, it also has other interesting Zen temples within.
If you are seeking for a place to enjoy unmeltable ice cream and enjoy some beautiful sites, Nikko is the place to be. It is a small town located at the entrance of Toshogu. This is considered one of the most beautifully decorated shrines in Japan. The shrine is also the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
At this town, you can also visit the famous Shin-Kyo bridge. The national park itself is quite a marvel. It has many scenic landscapes, lakes, and waterfalls for you to see. At this park, the scenery can be viewed all year. However, fall is especially a great time to visit when the leaves transform the park with an array of colors.
This city has a rich history. It was once known as Heijo and served as the first permanent capital of Japan. However, the capital moved to Nagaoka in 784 due to threats by the Buddhist monasteries that were quite powerful at the time. The city is just an hour’s drive from Tokyo. It is home to the oldest and largest temple in the country.
Kyoto is the modern capital of the Kyoto prefecture. However, it was once the imperial capital of the country for over 1000 years. The city is located on Honshu Island and is occupied by 1.5 million people.
It is known as the city of 10,000 shrines because it has thousands of Shinto shrines. The city is known for its beautiful gardens and the Gion Matsuri festival. The festival is considered amongst the best festivals in Japan.
6. Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden.
The cherry blossom season is quite a big deal in Japan. It is quite spectacular, but there is much more to see this season. One of the places for this is the Kawachi fujien garden. The spot opens during the wisteria season when the colors start changing in fall. Here you will find two lung tunnels draped in wisteria. The experience can be quite magical.
7. Meoto Iwa, Mie Prefecture.
This is a set of sacred rock found in the middle of the ocean. The rocks represent a husband and wife. They are connected by a rope, which is changed ceremoniously three times a year. If you go there at the right time of the year, you can catch the sun rising between these two rocks.
8. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kyoto Prefecture.
For the Japanese, bamboo is considered a symbol of strength. That is why it is often planted near temples to ward off evil. It makes sense that Kyoto, the city of 10,000 shrines is home to a beautiful bamboo grove.
There are paths and bike trails weaving through the entire grove. However, you will still find the swaying bamboos quite relaxing despite the droves of tourists that flock here.
9. Senso-Ji Temple, Tokyo.
This temple was founded 1000 years before the founding of the US. It is the oldest temple in Tokyo. However, be ready to face some largest tourist crowds when you go here. Once you pass the gate, you will find many stalls selling souvenirs on the grounds. Be sure to grab one to remember your visit here.
10. Motonosumi Inari.
Motonosumi is found in the Yamaguchi prefecture. The monument has been built in honor of the Japanese Shinto religion. This religion believes that divine spirits can be found in all of the nature. This place is one of the best places to understand this interconnectedness.
Visitors to the place have to ascend through 123 red colored tori gates, usually found at the entrance of shrines. These gates symbolize entrance into a holy place. At the end of the gates, visitors will attempt to toss coins into an offering box placed 16 feet on a torii gate. If the coins land in the box, your wish could come true. Just remember to make a wish before tossing the coin.
11. Osaka Castle.
The castle sits in the middle of the city. It serves as a visual anchor that holds down the people of the city to their ancient roots. The castle looks quite picturesque, surrounded by tall skyscrapers. It has had a long history. In the 17th century, it was razed down but has always been restored after every event.
No doubt Japan has many places for you to visit. If you would like, you can opt to stay in the countryside and enjoy the relaxing rural life of Japan. Accommodation is never an issue and can be quite affordable. Do not forget to enjoy the unmeltable ice cream while on a visit there.