On the day the highest temperature in Tokyo in 2017 was recorded, (it was 33.7 degrees C =92.6 F!), I spent a day in Mejiro (one of the swanky town in Tokyo and it is near Shinjuku) on a mission to explore the magical touch of Ukiyoe art (traditional Japanese engraved painting). Though the Ukiyoe was fascinating enough to make me concentrated to look back the amazing preciseness of the craftsmanship and meditate how it was crafted back in the Edo period, my humble medication blew away as soon as I was under the scorching heat! Then, my immediate interest went toward the shaved ice! I typically have not paid any attention to the shaved ice through my whole life, because I casually thought that is nothing but ice. How come people pay about 1,000 yen for just ice? If I would pay 1,000 yen for something that can satisfy the “sweet” desire on a burning day like that day, I would go for something more tempting like ice-cream. But the relentless heat paved the way to the new experience. At Kanei-do (that is just nearby the JR Mejiro station) having the history of approximately 390 years (it was founded in 1630. That was when 3rd Shogun, Tokugawa-Iemitsu ruled the Edo Shogunate) and should be able to feed me with the best shaved ice in the town! Okay, I must admit that I was knocked out by its look and the taste. The shaved ice looks like well-folded texture and seems so soft. Sweet syrup in Macha and milk taste turned out be the perfect chemistry!
I regret those past days and years that I kept neglecting this forbidden sweet in the summer.
The head store of Kaneio-do is in Kyoto and the Tokyo head store is the one I visited, Mejiro. Other than shaved ice, black-bean Yokan Dainagon Seicho (Dainagon red bean is wrapped by Japanese agar = Kanten. Dainagon bean is one of the signature kind of red beans known for its large size). Thank you so much for Kanei-do made me open my eyes toward the shaved ice!