What is “Soft Cream” in Japan?

When you hear “soft cream”, what comes to your mind first? I guess many would probably bring to mind a gob of whipped cream. The word soft cream is commonly used in Japan and the sweet is widely loved as well as in other countries but it isn’t softly whipped cream.

The Meaning of Soft Cream in Japanese

Japanese Soft Cream

Actually, “Soft Cream (ソフトクリーム)” is a word coined in Japan having the meaning of soft-serve ice cream. Conversely, here in Japan, the English word soft-serve doesn’t make sense, because most Japanese people don’t know what it refers to.

Soft Cream is a Japanese-English word that was coined by the founder of Nissei, a Japanese soft serve ice cream machine manufacturer, to make the word soft-serve ice cream easy to understand and remember for Japanese people, and today it has become the common Japanese word for sort-serve ice cream.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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