Tastes of summer in Japan, from vegetables to ice cream

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Which do you prefer? graph of japanese statistics

There’s been a definite lack of good goo Ranking surveys recently, so today I’ll do a ranking and survey hybrid from @nifty looking at the tastes of summer.

I like my Häagen-Dazs, but as I eat it irregularly and usually choose their time-limited special flavours (I have mango milk and truffle sitting in the freezer) I cannot name a favourite flavour. However, I do find the Gelato Meister brand better – despite the naming, it is actually sherbet with high fruit content; I’m looking forward to the 25% Scilian lemon one more than the Dazs’ it’s sitting beside.
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Japan’s favourite Haagen Dazs flavours

With summer coming up, let’s take a rather timely look with goo Ranking at Japan’s favourite Haagen Dazs flavours. Over the 19th and 20th of April 2007 an unspecified number of people chose their favourite ice cream flavour from the Haagen Dazs range. 100 points was awarded to the top choice, and others given a score based on the percentage of votes of the number one that they obtained.

My personal favourite is Cookies and Cream, although it is only a once-in-a-blue-moon treat for me. I also love black sesame ice cream, but I can’t say I’ve ever knowingly eaten Haagen Dazs’s version.

If you’d like to learn more about Japanese ice cream habits, I have previously translated a more detailed look at the ice cream market in Japan.
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Nearly two in five Japanese eat ice cream every week

How often do you normally buy ice cream? graph of japanese opinionWith horizontal rain hammering on the window right now, it may seem rather unseasonal to look at a recent survey published by infoPLANT on the subject of ice cream, but the market even in the off season for ice cream seems rather strong. Over a week in the middle of January 8,653 people, 66.6% female, self-selected themselves to complete a survey available through the menuing system of NTT DoCoMo’s iMode.

I eat ice cream perhaps two or three times a month, but most of that is either as a fixed dessert item on a dinner menu, or as a small scoop accompanying a slice of cake. During the summer, once every few weeks we’ll buy a cone, and when we go to the theatre we usually buy a single-serving cup during the interval, but that’s about it.

And what is the correct English term for a single-serving cup/mini-pot of ice cream? Cup ice cream sounds awfully like a Japanese-invented term. You know you’ve been in Japan too long when you forget British-English and can only remember Japanese-English!
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