In omiyage, shops, Tokyo Sky Tree on May 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm
Great news for tourists visiting the Tokyo’s hottest destination, Tokyo Sky Tree. You don’t have to go to Kappabashi to get your plastic food samples. Ganso Shokuhin Sanpuruya has a branch in the new Solamachi shopping mall. The original store is in Kappabashi and is very popular.
Here you’ll find the great plastic food samples that are usually found in front of restaurants. As well as many miniature versions for refrigerator magnets or keychains. And, for the very creative, you can pick up your own kit to make your own bowl of plastic food like spaghetti or ramen at home.
I have a few sushi magnets and love them. Great gifts for your foodie friends.
Ganso Shokuhin Sanpuruya 元祖食品サンプル屋
Solamachi East Yard 4th Floor
10:00 – 21:00 daily
*photos come from the Sky Tree Solamachi site and the Ganso site.
In depachika, omiyage, sweets on May 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm
Having worked at Takashimaya’s depachika in Nihonbashi I am very familiar with hordes of people lining up outside of department stores first thing in the morning. I still don’t quite understand the fascination with having to buy the latest trendy food item, but it happens all of the time. Personally I don’t have the time to queue just for food, but apparently in Tokyo there are lots of people with the luxury of time.
One of the current hot items at depachika are the croissant rusks by Ohzan. Rusks have long been a popular sweet at depachika, but typically they are made from bread similar to a baguette. Toasted and often sweetened with sugar. I never understood the popularity of these rusks. For a long time there were lines to purchase the Gouter de Roi rusks.
However, these rusks are not just from just any bread, but made from croissants. And they come in a variety of flavors like caramel, covered in white or milk chocolate, nuts, and even garlic or black pepper. Currently these can be had at Mitsukoshi in Ginza. But go early if you want to try them as they often sell out sometime during the day.
In omiyage, Tokyo on May 7, 2012 at 9:36 am
Walking through Tokyo Station it is hard to miss the booths selling Tokyo Banana. It’s a very omiyage. I’ve received it as a gift twice in the last few months.
The banana-shaped cakes are individually wrapped.
It’s a soft sponge cake filled with a banana cream custard.
New flavors are introduced from time to time. Currently Tokyo Banana is celebrating their 20th anniversary and are offering a caramel banana version. You can see a list of their many different sweets here.
In depachika, omiyage on March 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm
This photo of baumkuchen comes from the Juchheim website.
Baumkuchen is a very popular omiyage, or gift, in Japan. It can be found at all depachika. This German cake is made of thin layers of cake that are baked onto a spool. At first sight the cake is a delight on the eyes as the layers are so delicate.
We received this Juchheim baumkuchen as a gift at a home party and we were thrilled. It is an ideal dessert and everyone is happy to receive a baumkuchen.
Other popular baumkuchen companies include:
Nenrinya at Tokyo station’s Daimaru
Club Harie at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
Taneya at Tobu Ikebukuro
Since I posted this I got this note from a reader. Very good to keep in mind if your travels bring you to Hiroshima.
When I read your post today I immediately felt I should tell you about another place to get real artisanal Baumkuchen. If ever you come to Hiroshima, please do not miss to visit Kyo Tagashira’s “Felderchef” in Hatsukaichi or his “Mehl” downtown Hiroshima. Kyo-san has learned in Germany and makes fabulous, authentic German cakes and bread. He is certainly worth being mentioned!
He is a very pleasant guy, very serious about his work though.