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Kakigori Ice Shaver

Display: Hearth to Cookstove
Culinary Technique: size reduction

Date: c. 1960

Manufacturer: Yasuzaki Work

Location: Osaka, Japan

Dimensions: 28" h x 12" w x 12" d

Kakigori is a Japanese dessert made from shaved ice flavored with syrup, similar to "snow cones" in the United States. Often sweetened with condensed milk, it has a rough consistency and is eaten with a spoon. Traditionally, kakigori was made with a hand-cranked machine that spun a block of ice over an ice-shaving blade. Although today restaurants often use electric machines, street vendors hand cranking ice shavers like this can still be found throughout Japan in the summer. The cutting blade on this unit has been removed; it adjusted to control the size of the ice shavings.