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If you’re looking for a fun way to eat your dessert, look no further than Zou-No-Hana Cafe in Yokohama, Japan. The house specialty, the zou no hana (elephant nose) ice cream has been enticing regular visitors and tourists alike with its cute, albeit strange, face and oversized waffle cone ears.

Elephant nose ice cream is ridiculously cute – who knew plain old soft serve, or “soft cream” as it’s called in Japan, could take on so much whimsy. And as you can probably tell, Zou-No-Hana Cafe has perfected the art of the nose lift:

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But like any handmade creation, the elephant nose ice cream comes out different every time. Sometimes the nose hangs slightly to the left:

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Sometimes it’s really to the left:

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Or to the left and curled upwards:

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Often the elephant’s creamy nose sticks straight up:

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And sometimes comes to a point:

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And in a few cases, the elephant starts to veer into somewhat strange territory, coming out more curlycue than pachyderm:

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▼ Uh oh, we’re starting to see pink elephants….Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 1.09.19 PM

▼ That’s better…These two-tone tusked elephants are only limited to 20 per day during certain times of the year.elephant tusk ice cream

But the downside to being presented with cute food that’s also irresistibly delicious is the “after photo” following that first bite:

▼ The horror!

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If you can’t quite stomach the noseless elephant staring back at you, might we suggest some other elephant-themed foods from Zou-No-Hana Cafe that, while still absolutely adorable, are a little less graphic with a bite taken out of them.

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And this cafe’s quirk extends far beyond their colorful menu. Just take a look at the exterior of the building, named the Zou-No-Hana Terrace, which also doubles as an art space:

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▼ Stepping inside, you might be tempted to go straight for the cafe…
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▼ But it’ll be hard to think of anything once you get a glimpse of the giant elephant in the room.Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 1.58.16 PM

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▼ There are also some other strange sights to behold at Zou-No-Hana Terrace.

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▼ And if you need a break from strange, you can always take a gander out the window for some soothing sights and text-filled windows.Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 2.00.23 PM

If you’d like to visit Zou-No-Hana Terrace and the cute cafe inside, check out the shop details below. Happy elephant eating!

Zou-No-Hana Cafe
Address: 1-1 Kaigandori, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0002, Japan
Hours: 10:00 – 17:30
Phone: +81 45-680-5677

Source: Naver Matome
Images: Tabelog (unless stated otherwise)