If we're talking about the hot summers in Kagoshima, the one which can surely beat the heat is the fruit-laden, multi-colored shaved ice dessert, Shirokuma! The name allegedly came from the polar bear labels stuck on the cans of the condensed milk used to pour on this dessert. (Shirokuma is Japanese for polar bear.) Various fruits, mochi, and red bean are generously placed on top of shaved ice as well as poured with condensed milk to complete the dessert. Aside from shirokuma, soft-served ice cream and various fruit juices are popular during the summer as well as karukan (dessert made from kneading Japanese yam flour and sugar together before stuffed with red bean paste and steamed), and cakes made from satsumaimo (local sweet potato). 

 

(Photo by ウツダー震電へけけくん)

 

 

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