Monday, August 21, 2006
The yummy-looking sherbet on the picture is called “Babahera (ババヘラ)”. It costs about 150 yen (US$ 1 and some cents). There are always 2 flavors in Babahera; strawberry and banana. The taste has moderate sweetness, and is loved by people from children to old people. The reason of the name, Babarahera comes from people who sell Babahera. Babahera sellers are normally old women who are in their 60s to 70s. Those called “Baba” in Japanese slang which is neither formal nor polite word. “Baba” serves Babahera using spatula which is called “hera” in Japanese. Therefore, this sherbet is called “Babahera”.
Babahera is really special street sherbet because it exists only in Akita. Since Babahera is such a familiar sherbet since my childhood, I had thought it was very Japanese thing. However, I had noticed it is only in Akita, when I was in Yokohama, and told about Babahera by Yokohama people. Babahera is usually sold at a festival or on a national street which has frequent traffic in Akita; however, now that Babahera is famous and popular sherbet in Japan, people can buy it on the Babahera site or enjoy it in a few area; “Namuko Nanja town ice cream city” and Namahage dining in Tokyo.
Babahera is really good to have in burning Japan summer. Whenever I find it, I buy it to cool down.
投稿者 kayanon 場所 5:33 PM