Hanami Picnic with Tokyo Banana

One of the most unforgettable moments  we had last April in Japan was our Hanami (Flower viewing) Picnic in Tokyo. The area near the main Tokyo Station has an unexpected atmosphere compared to Shinjuku and Shibuya. It was more quiet and serene. We headed to the Imperial Palace Gardens which was around 20mins walk from the station (as far as I can remember) and surprisingly the Sakura was still in full bloom. We weren’t really planning to have a picnic when we decided to do one under a tree. There were tons of Sakura tree to choose from and some even had its petals falling. It was indeed a beautiful sight.

cherry blossoms at the Imperial Palace Garden

We laid out our thick jackets unto the grass and started to wander. We also decided to try out the set of famous Tokyo Bananas that we’ve bought from the station. Tokyo banana is famous in Manila (Instagram) but in Japan i noticed that its more on tourists who buys them.

cherry blossoms and tokyo banana picnic at the Imperial Palace Garden

tokyo banana

Now my honest take on the famous pastry is it was just overall plain. Given the above average price (around 1500YEN a box of 8-12pcs) and quantity, the softness could be imposing but the taste is not that grand as expected. Nevertheless, the experience was lovely and unforgettable. Eating a fluffy banana cake with custard inside under the Sakura Trees was a simple joy.

tokyo banana for hanami picnic

tokyo banana for hanami picnic

Please don’t get me wrong. I love Japan and its my dream to try more food as much as I can! Just wanted to be honest on this one. Skip this and have some Royce to take home instead! But again, that’s just me 🙂

Do you think I just got the wrong flavors? Let me know in the comment section!

Jaey x

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Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change without prior notice. This post is not sponsored and is based on a hundred percent “heyjaey” hands on / tasting experience and personal views. We may or may not be always on the same page but hey thanks for dropping by anyway! Feel free to drop in some comments/suggestions.

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