Still obsessed with KAKI GOORI. In previous trips to Japan, I never considered ordering this frozen treat, dismissing it as the Japanese counterpart to the American snow cone. It took an extremely hot humid day in Kyoto to turn my head around, and another hot day in Tokyo to confirm my new found appreciation. Unlike a snow cone, coarse ice with overly sweet artificial tasting syrup, the Japanese confection is very finely shaved ice mounded to an extraordinary height, dressed with delicious syrups and other sweets which become more than the sum of its parts. The top left image is the outdoor menu (plastic faux versions) of a charming old shop in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, where we were taken by friends. The store which no doubt has been around for dozens of years, specializes in just 2 things the frozen desert and a fresh baked melon pan that comes hot out of the oven directly to your table, elevating that dessert to new heights as well.