Each and every spring in Japan there is a flood of all things “Sakura” when it comes to food and drinks. Seasonal food is a big deal in Japan. Each and every spring Sakura (cherry blossom) snacks, confectionaries, drinks, etc., are sold all over Japan.
Just a few days ago I read about the Sakura pancakes that would be for sale at the Lawson chain of convenience stores. They went on sale on February 23rd and would be around for a month or more.
The other day I ventured out to my one of the Lawson shops near my house, but discovered it was closed for renovations. I immediately went to another one nearby and that too was closed for renovations (having just undergone surgery I wasn’t able to explore Lawsons far and wide). I told my wife about these mysterious Sakura Pancakes and she went to two other Lawsons, but they didn’t have any.
A few days later I was able to find a shop that had loads of them. I picked up two packages. After tax one package cost 135 yen. Each package came with two pancake sandwiches, one for each member of my family for a Friday afternoon snack.
The 5-year-old member of the JustJapanStuff reporting team opened up the pancakes and plated them for the family. They had a mild “flowery” smell. Upon further examination we discovered that between the pink pancakes was crème and anko (red bean paste).
They were more than a little tasty. They had a flowery taste and the inside was sweet and delicious. My wife compared it to a sakura mochi flavor.
It is unanimous in the JustJapanStuff household that the Lawson Sakura pancakes are delicious and will be purchased again in the very near future.
When our 5 year-old reporter was asked for a review, specifically, “Can you describe the taste?” He answered with a very descriptive, “Good!”
If you are in Japan right now, run out and get some! They’re worth it.