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Ujikintoki is a cool and refreshing dessert that's usually enjoyed during the summer season in Japan. Ice shavings are topped with a combination of green tea syrup and kintoki (sweet azuki beans), and typically eaten as a dish with a spoon.

It's similar to kakigori, which is also a shaved-ice dessert served with a colorful variety of sweeter and fruitier toppings, such as lemon and strawberry sauces.

Ujikintoki was first featured in Kyoto, probably because of the area’s hot summers, but its popularity has spread throughout Japan and it's better known as a dessert of traditional flavors.