Tokyo Olympics flavor carries torch for Bangkok parlor owner’s uncle

Tokyo Olympic gelato at Rintaro, at left, and Shintaro Nakajima at his shop, at right. Photos: Rintaro Thailand, Coconuts
Tokyo Olympic gelato at Rintaro, at left, and Shintaro Nakajima at his shop, at right. Photos: Rintaro Thailand, Coconuts

The owner of a popular Japanese ice cream parlor famous for drawing long lines has launched a flavor dedicated to the Olympics – and his late uncle.

Shintaro Nakajima, owner of Rintaro, had the Tokyo Olympics on his calendar for a long time. He and uncle intended to watch the sporting action together in Japan, but those plans changed last year when the games were delayed, and his uncle died.

Lines keep growing for Japanese man’s gelato and ‘10 seconds of bliss’

Nakajima is keeping their dream alive as only he can: by creating a special Tokyo Olympics gelato dedicated to his late uncle. It’s tiramisu added with bananas, Nakajima said.

“I wanted to make this flavor to fulfill our wishes, [because] I made a promise to watch the events with him,” Nakajima said.

 

Aside from the Olympic flavor, Nakajima has also launched three more flavors as part of his monthly rotations. Those are honey lemon yogurt, chocolate mint, and miso apricot.

Rintaro ice cream sells for THB120 per cone of two flavors. There’s also a take-home option (THB900 for 750 grams).

Rintaro now has two branches in Bangkok: one at W District branch in Phra Khanong and another on Soi Phaholyothin 8.

 

This story originally appeared in BK.

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