It is fairly common to see a woman (mother, or baba, in Akita dialect) sitting under a parasol selling ice cream at many events and on roadsides within the prefecture. Once an order is placed, the woman skillfully uses a metal spatula (hera) to scoop yellow (usually banana-flavored) and pink (usually strawberry-flavored) ice cream onto a cone. This delectable treat is called babahera because a baba with a hera serves you ice cream. If you’re lucky, you may stumble upon a connoisseur baba who can shape the ice cream into the shape of a rose (bara-mori).
Last Update: 2019-10-11