Shoyu (soy sauce) probably isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to ice cream flavors. It’s probably not even in the top hundred things.
That doesn’t mean it can’t be delicous.
The shoyu ice cream sold at Yagisawa Shoten, right next to the site of the Miracle Pine in Rikuzentakata City, is of the soft serve variety, smooth and creamy and swired into an icy tower. At first lick, it tastes of sweet vanilla with a tinge of saltiness. At second lick, the shoyu flavor begins to develop, and the flavors become more complex. By third lick, you’re in love. The earthy saltiness of the shoyu is perfectly balanced by the icy sweetness of the vanilla ice cream, and one could consider it a Japanese twist on the salted caramel. It’s not just delicious; it’s addicting.
Other than ice cream, Yagisawa Shoten sells souvenirs (omiyage) and other treats mostly made by local businesses from local ingredients. They have a wide selection of shoyu made in Rikuzentakata, as well as sausages, salad dressing, sweets, and more.
Whether to get a once-in-a-lifetime taste of shoyu ice cream, or to pick up some souviners to give to friends and family back home, Yagisawa Shoten is a must-stop for anyone who comes to Rikuzentakata.