Mochi ice cream isn't the only Japanese dessert. (And just for the record, "mochi" doesn't necessarily contain ice cream.) One of my favorites is an-mitsu ($3.50), this one containing a cocktail mix of bananas, pineapples and mandarin oranges alongside sweet red beans, agar jelly and plump pinches of mochi.
It's the kind of stuff to cool down with on a blistering hot day in Japan, though these days young people would rather do the American thing: chill at Baskin-Robbins.
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