Kakigōri: The Story of Japan's Famous Shaved Ice

A kakigori dessert prepared by shop owner Koji Morinishi using natural ice in the Yanaka district of Tokyo. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

<p>While this Japanese delicacy isn't the world's only icy dessert, it's certainly one of the most unique -- that iconic, delicate texture sets it apart. Kakigōri tastes like a treat fit for aristocrats and royalty, and that's no surprise: Back in the 11th century, that's exactly what Kakigōri was.</p>