Hi, how are you? I'm Azusa writing.
It is like summer already here in Japan. Especially on the other day, it was so hot that I was exhausted even when I was just sitting in my house. I tried turning on the air-conditioner, when I found there was something wrong with it. It didn't work well and browing lukewarm air, and the room became warmer and warmer. I was lost in the room, eating ice cream, which a little cooled me down.
I remember the 'warabimochi', a sweet snack, my grandmother would often buy on such a day at a supermarket and cool in the refrigerator when I was a child. When she had took it out from the refrigerator, I felt that it made the air of the room a little nicer and cooler.
'Warabimochi' is a typical summer sweet in Japan especially in the Kansai region. It is a ball-shaped translucent sweet, like jelly, and a little chewy. It is cold and refreshing, and cools you down. It is dipped in the sweet flour called Kinako, and sometimes black sugar syrup is poured onto it. You can buy it at a supermarket or have it at a restaurant. Or in Osaka, mobile catering vehicles sell it singing like "Waaaraabiiimochiii". When I heard them, I really feel like the summer has come.