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While climate change is posing a global threat by melting polar ice, it is creating an ice crisis of a different kind in Japan.

At risk is the tradition of making ice under natural conditions. As weather patterns have changed in ice-making regions, it has become difficult to ensure the sensitive conditions necessary for producing the crystal-clear ice favored by aficionados of Japan’s favorite summertime delicacy — kakigori, shaved ice with flavored syrup.

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