Though Naniwa serves kakigōri (shaved ice), which is as much a part of summer in Japan as the relentless shrieking of cicadas, the cafe is best known for its fish-shaped taiyaki hot cakes. These are baked the traditional way, with a filling of sweet bean paste that oozes out as you bite in. Naniwa does a lively trade in take-out orders, but there’s a small seated area inside where you can dig into their desserts. The best-seller is the ujikintoki, a small mound of shaved ice piled into a plastic container and smothered with green tea syrup and a dollop of sweet red beans. Other flavors include milk syrup, strawberry syrup and brown sugar syrup.
In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.