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Famous Tokyo Snack Gets A Pokémon Twist

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In Japanese, omiyage refers to a souvenir that’s purchased for others. Typically, these are snacks, and in Tokyo, perhaps the most famous of all is Tokyo Bananas—cream-filled cakes shaped like little bananas.

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Tokyo Banana has been ranked as the most popular omiyage two-years running!

In the past few years, there have been a variety of Tokyo Banana themes, such as Tokyo Panda Banana, which has little pandas on the treats. The latest addition is Pikachu Tokyo Banana, featuring, well, Pikachu.

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Illustration for article titled Famous Tokyo Snack Gets A Pokémon Twist
Photo: Pokemon/Nintendo/Creatures/Game Freak

According to the official announcement, a limited number of Pikachu Tokyo Banana will first go on sale November 21 at 7-Eleven shops all across Japan. This is part of a new Pokémon Tokyo Banana series of sweets that will launch at JR Tokyo Station, where they will officially go on sale December 10.

Illustration for article titled Famous Tokyo Snack Gets A Pokémon Twist
Photo: Pokemon/Nintendo/Creatures/Game Freak

A packet of two is priced at 291 yen ($2.81), with various designs among the Pikachu bananas.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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kinjakungen
kinjakungen

What is the physical size of these...”bananas”? There’s nothing shown in these pictures that lets me put them in relation to something already known...

I assume they’re kind of twinky-sized? So, fairly small then? Not actually banana-proportioned at all, presumably.