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Please Tell Me That’s Not Seaweed On My Ice Cream

The sticky rice balls I can handle. I could even get into the slightly gelatinous, traditional mitarashi topping that gets its brown from, uh, soy sauce. But I draw the line at nori. Yes, those suspicious-looking little black things on top are KILL ME NOW strips of the same kind of seaweed that holds your tuna roll together. And those sprinkles that look like nuts? Nope. Rice crackers.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve seen a Western dessert repurposed to resemble mitarashi dango (on the left, those sticky rice balls on a stick, a summertime festival favorite). Behold Mister Donut’s attempt at the mitarashi donut (right)

The weirdest thing is that this sundae isn’t being sold in a shop that’s known for ice cream flavors you’d only eat on a dare – it’s this month’s feature at a mainstream convenience store!

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

8 thoughts on “Please Tell Me That’s Not Seaweed On My Ice Cream Leave a comment

  1. Someone got paid good money to create that.

    Maybe they’re trying to triple down on traditional Japanese summer foods? That’d be like putting potato salad, beer, and cole slaw on a hamburger.

    ….that burger probably exists.

    • Arg, sorry, I’ve been traveling in wifi wasteland, so am way behind in saying yes, I too spent time imagining the “this month’s special” development team staring in consternation at the list of flavors already featured, and finally throwing up their hands and saying to their intern, “Uh, Taro-kun, what was that seaweed thing you were joking about by the water cooler yesterday…?”

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