Ice Cream Truck? Not exactly….Posted: September 3, 2013
If you’re non-Japanese, and visit Japan, like me, you’ll be charmed by the musical trucks that deliver treats.
Americans have fond associations with ice-cream trucks, and their jingles. How alien it is to find that in Japan, trucks roam the streets, not selling ice cream cones, or snow cones, but things like tofu, laundry poles, or fresh-baked sweet potatoes. “Ishi yaki-Imo”.
Even the laundry-pole-selling trucks have a catchy jingle. But here’s the secret: the sweet potatoes in Japan taste good. Baked in stones, some of them. They have a different texture and flavor than North American sweet potatoes.
Okay, it’s not exactly ice cream. But it is delicious.
This video sample doesn’t have the music I’m familiar with, it’s just a guy’s voice announcing his product. Anyone have a video or audio of the sweet potato song?
And here’s a close-up of the back of what I’m guessing is a typical Japanese Yaki-Imo truck.