The rainy season has finally ended in almost all parts of Japan, and hot and humid weather is here to stay. Now, more than ever, visitors will want to cool down with refreshing drinks like Pocari Sweat, or some kind of iced treat such as traditional kakigori shaved ice.

Vigorously shaved for your entertainment

One exciting way you can enjoy shaved ice this summer is "Macho Ice," a special event going on for a limited time at several Marui Department Store locations in Tokyo and nearby prefectures.

Presented by performance group Macho Twenty-Nine, whose muscle-bound services can be rented out by the general public and who perform on various occasions ranging from Valentine's Day to meat-grilling festivals, Macho Ice is just what you imagine it might be.

To your enjoyment, as you look on, muscular hunks will vigorously turn the manual kakigori shaved ice machine to create beautiful icy mounds.

Then, biceps taught as they hold the syrup bottle in their firm grip, they'll energetically pour the syrup or topping of your choice and serve it to you.

Better eat it quickly or it will melt fast!


  • Three flavors Macho Ice: 650 JPY (excl. tax)
  • Shirokuma Macho: 800 JPY (excl. tax) (Shirokuma is a type of kakigori flavored with condensed milk, small colorful mochi, fruits, and sweet bean paste)
  • Matcha Macho Ice: 800 JPY (excl. tax)
  • Nikugori (includes all flavors and protein shake): 2,900 JPY (excl. tax)
  • FGOK (One of the three Macho Ices of your choice, with a scoop of ice cream): 1,129 JPY (excl. tax)
  • Protein shake: 500 JPY (excl. tax)
    • In addition to shaved ice, Macho Twenty-Nine will also be selling goods (T-shirts, tank tops, CDs etc.)

      When and where


      • 11:00 to 19:00
      • May change according to Marui closures. May be cancelled in case of bad weather

      For more details, follow Macho Twenty-Nine's Twitter account here.

By - Ben K.