Little did we know this was going to be a trend that continued as we called upon the next 11 stores, where staff gave us a variety of reasons as to why they didn’t have any in stock, ranging from “we don’t plan to receive them” through to “we’ll be receiving stock tomorrow.” However, since the new product is only being sold in limited quantities, we became more and more anxious as we rushed from store to store, but finally, at the 12th store we visited, we breathed a sigh of relief as we spotted them sitting on quietly on a shelf, as if they’d been waiting for us all along. We did have this pile at the end of it, however, and it was mighty cute, with mostly winking and cheery Pikachus. They come in a variety of flavors, including a special edition for the Olympics. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! TOKYO BANANA. To find out, we picked up one of the cheery Pikachus for an investigative dissection. These are the hardest to get, and the heart tail is even harder to find, with a note on the side of the pack saying “The heart design is extremely lucky!”. ▼ We slowly split the Pikachu in two and discovered it was filled with banana custard cream! Photos © SoraNews24 From January 2021, a second Pokémon Tokyo Banana range will become available, so we’ll keep chasing that elusive tail and chomping on Pikachu and Chansey doughnuts from Mister Donut until then! [ Read in Japanese ], © SoraNews24 -Japan News- / SOCIO CORPORATION, Pikachu and Chansey doughnuts from Mister Donut, Drinking wine made from the only train station platform vineyard in Japan, We try making imoni, the beloved taro and beef stew of northern Japan【SoraKitchen】. Studio Ghibli releases 250 more free-to-download/use images from five films, and Totoro is here! The custard filling was sweet and creamy, with a delectable banana flavour that had us drawing comparisons to the bananas in Pokémon Go. However, it took longer than 2-4 days to ship to me. Just last week, we wrote about the upcoming collaboration between Pokémon and the ludicrously popular sweet treat that’s been the go-to souvenir for many travellers to the capital: Tokyo Banana. [1] The cream filling uses strained banana puree. The original is known as the 'Tokyo Banana Miitsuketa', and is simply a banana-shaped cake filled with banana cream custard. They looked adorable on the outside, but what about the inside? One of the best places to find Tokyo Banana is at train stations; head to JR Ueno Station to find an adorable panda-themed Tokyo Banana at the souvenir shop stands there. After baking, the sponge cake is steamed to bring out a soft texture. With twelve in our bag, we were curious to see how many types we’d caught, and hoped we might have secured ourselves one of the rare types — a heart-shaped tail that resembles the back of a female Pikachu. I ordered both the tokyo banana original and the giraffe version. As of 2016, the yearly sales are roughly 4 billion yen. Tokyo Bananas are sold across stores in Tokyo and in several major Japanese airports.[2]. 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. [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. However, do you know that they also make a lot of other cakes and cookies that are also good. ▼ The Pokémon Tokyo Banana range is exclusive to 7-Eleven stores in Japan. Asking the staff didn’t prove to be any help to us either, as they didn’t seem to know anything about the new release when we asked them about it. My order was shipped in around 2-3 days, just like the company had said. Tokyo Bananas come in many different flavors and are usually packaged individually in plastic. "Banananess" of this sweet is outstandingly rich. 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. These bananas have a calming effect, helping wild Pokémon settle, and the Pokémon Tokyo Banana had the same soothing effect on us. Tokyo banana is a sponge cake with banana flavor custard cream. The banana connection actually makes this even more of an impressive collaboration, and it’s one more people around the country will be able to enjoy as the rollout continues throughout November and December. [4], "Why You Must Bring Home a Tokyo Banana to Your Loved Ones", "The best souvenir of Tokyo " Tokyo banana, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tokyo_Banana&oldid=937792632, Articles containing Japanese-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Tokyo Banana Ai to Sachi (new product August 2008), This page was last edited on 27 January 2020, at 07:02. On sale in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama from 21 November, before a nationwide rollout across the country, we were keen to catch ’em all as soon as they appeared so we headed out to our nearest 7-Eleven to see if we could get lucky. Extremely fluffy sponge cake and rich, creamy banana custard of Tokyo Banana is something cracks your mind open. I chose Expedited Shipping because they said you could only choose that option for Tokyo banana as the custard cream is made from real pureed banana.