A very popular omiyage in Tokyo and Hokkaido, and one that gives tourists pause is the raisin sandwich. It’s two vanilla cookies stuck together with a special buttercream and high-quality raisins. Paris Ogawaken claims to be the original inventor of this dessert from the 1950s, but they started a shop devoted only to their desserts in the 80s. These are good, but I prefer the ones from Hokkaido by Rokkatei. Their Marusei Butter Sand just oozes butter and creaminess.
In case you’re confused, Paris Ogawaken has no relation to Europe at all. A lot of Japanese bakeries and patisseries add “Paris” or “France” to their brand names or packaging to make their desserts more appealing their local Japanese clientele.
One thing that Ogawaken does better than Rokkatei is their packaging. The brown box is filled with quality and elegance, and each of the sandwiches are individual wrapped and ready to share. It makes a great gift for friends and family back home if you’re able to gift them within a week or so before they expire.