After trying the infamous Tokyo Banana, I became curious about banana sweets in Japan. I found the Osaka version of the Tokyo banana, and it was quite interesting. My friend and I sampled both, and we spent a few minutes comparing notes about both.
The Tokyo Banana is a spongy cake with a banana-flavoured custard filling, and it's very much like a Twinkie.
The Osaka Banana is a dry chocolate cake, with a creamy banana filling, and it's more like a Swiss roll cake. The Osaka Mini Choco Banana was in fact very tiny, and I managed to get it all squished in my handbag, so sorry for the poor quality of the picture.
I don't know which one I prefer. Both were amazing, paired with tea. I highly recommend picking them up to try or for presents if you travel to Tokyo and Osaka. I wonder if other Japanese cities have them, too.
Um, I think I officially have too much time on my hands. Please take the banana snacks away from me!