“Tokyo Banana Mitsuketa (I found Tokyo Banana)” is one of the most popular souvenirs from Tokyo. It is a sponge cake filled with banana flavored custard cream. It tastes good and I think anyone who likes banana would like it.
There are some variations of Tokyo Banana.
Chocolate sponge version
Wagashi (Japanese sweet) version
Everything looks good!
But why banana? Banana is not specialty of Tokyo.
Grape Stone, the manufacturer of Tokyo Banana, explains why they chose banana. “Because Tokyo is a city where people at different ages who have different occupations and native places are mingled; therefore, we had wanted to use a food which anyone is familiar with. And then, we came up with ‘banana.’
Anyone has sweet memories of banana. For elderly people, it was the fruit which they longed for when they were young because it was rare fruit. For adults, it was the fruit that they took for school trips. For young people, it is the most familiar fruit.”
Tokyo Banana series is sold at train stations, airports, tourist sites, in Tokyo.
Tokyo Banana shop
Tokyo Banana Kurobe (Black version) shop
While many Japanese specialty foods are unique, this is a food that anyone from any country can enjoy. So, add Tokyo Banana in your Tokyo souvenirs list!
Source: Excite News (Japanese)
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