Those who have visited Akita might have seen a lady selling ice cream under a beach umbrella along the main street or the shoulder of a road.
What they are selling is “baba-hera ice (cream)”.
It is called so because “baba (old woman)” scoops ice cream on a cone by hera (spatula).
Some are skillful enough to make a rose flower with two-tone ice cream and others are called “gal-hera” as they are too young to be “baba”.
Residents are familiar with “baba-hera” at school events or other occasions. It is of the texture of sherbet and refreshing.
It’s the taste you mustn’t miss while in Akita.