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Tokyo Banana

Tokyo Banana (東京ばな奈, also written 東京バナナ or 東京ばなな with the same pronunciation) is a Japanese banana-shaped sponge cake with cream filling. It is the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo and is manufactured and sold by Grapestone Co.  [ ja ].

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Tokyo Bananas come in many different flavors and are usually packaged individually in plastic. The original flavor is known as Tokyo Banana Miitsuketa (見ぃつけたっ), and is filled with a banana custard cream. [1] The cream filling uses strained banana puree. After baking, the sponge cake is steamed to bring out a soft texture.

Tokyo Banana Miitsuketa is manufactured at MASDAC Corporation's factory in Tokorozawa, Saitama. Tokyo Bananas are sold across stores in Tokyo and in several major Japanese airports. [2]

History

Tokyo Banana Miitsuketa (見ぃつけたっ), the original banana custard flavor, first went on sale in 1991. [3] Even before Tokyo Banana, there were a large number of souvenir cakes in Tokyo, but Tokyo Banana was the first to include "Tokyo" in its product name.

As of 2016, the yearly sales are roughly 4 billion yen. [4]

The first store selling Tokyo Banana outside of Tokyo was established in Osaka by Grapestone in April 2020 as travel slumped during the COVID-19 pandemic. [5] In 2022, a new flagship store dedicated solely to Tokyo Banana products was opened in Tokyo Station. [6]

Tokyo Banana Series

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A picture of Tokyo Banana Miitsuketa
A banana shaped sweet full of banana custard wrapped in a fluffy sponge. Best consumed within 7 days of purchase, though refrigeration can stretch this a bit. [3]
Caramel banana custard cream wrapped up in a caramel coloured and flavoured sponge. Went on sale on August 10th 2011 celebrating 20 years of sales of Tokyo Banana.
Banana cream inside chocolate. It becomes banana mint flavour "Summer Choco" in the summer season (mid May - mid September).
Folded up banana flavoured biscuit dough and pastry.
Cream and banana custard cream puff.
Rum-raisin banana ganache sandwiched between banana scented cookies.
Banana anko in a moist outer layer.
3 layers of cake mixture layered atop one another and moistly baked baumkuchen

Products sold in the past

Kuro Bei

Ample banana custard wrapped in a bitter-sweet cocoa sponge cake.
Chocolate rolled up in cocoa flavoured pastry folded into 328 layers.
Consisting of 2 layers of chocolate banana mixture and muscovado mixture.
Japanese dessert consisting of two slices of sponge cake with red bean jam in between

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References

  1. "Original Flavor". Tokyo Banana. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. Michelle Mackintosh; Steve Wide (30 October 2018). Tokyo. Pan Macmillan Australia. p. 85. ISBN   978-1-76078-363-1.
  3. 1 2 Simakis, Suki-Rose (25 August 2017). "Why You Must Bring Home a Tokyo Banana to Your Loved Ones". Fodor's Travel.
  4. "The best souvenir of Tokyo " Tokyo banana"". Japan Hack (in Japanese). 15 April 2016. Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  5. "「東京ばな奈」、大阪で販売 出張自粛で需要激減". The Nikkei (in Japanese). 2 April 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2022.
  6. Nagase, Youka. "Tokyo Banana now sells banana curry doughnuts at its new flagship store in Tokyo Station". Time Out Tokyo. Retrieved 13 December 2022.