Having grown up in New Jersey, having Italian Ice readily available was an afterthought.  Meeting your friends at Ritas was a normal thing and just enjoying a cool palate cleansing cup of shaved ice was a birth right.    

Well, if you can image that multiplied by 10, you get a Japanese shaved ice experience.  These fluffy works of art are not just beautiful to look at, they are utterly delicious.  

I ordered a Matcha and Hojicha shaved ice and it was beyond perfect for the hot and muggy day touring Kyoto.