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You Won't Believe Why Japan Goes Wild for These Spring Strawberry Desserts in 2021!

You Won't Believe Why Japan Goes Wild for These Spring Strawberry Desserts in 2021!

Date published: 9 March 2021

Spring is the season for strawberry-flavored desserts! Many original, limited-edition desserts using copious amounts of strawberries are making their way out of long-established brands originating in the Kansai area. These include regions such as Kyoto and Kobe.

Cakes, parfaits, waffles, and smoothies...don’t all of them sound too good to choose!? We will introduce three long-established brands that sell super-cute, springtime-limited strawberry desserts in the Kansai area.

Table of Contents
  1. Yojiya Cafe: The specialty of the Amaou Fair is the dessert platter limited to 20 plates per day!
  2. Fukucha: The three matcha and strawberry parfait sisters have made it back this year
  3. Salon De The Morozoff Kobe: Kobe-exclusive parfaits and Waffles made from Hyogo Prefecture’s strawberries

Yojiya Cafe: The specialty of the Amaou Fair is the dessert platter limited to 20 plates per day!

Founded 116 years ago, Yojiya offers oil-blotting papers that are now a popular Kyoto souvenir. In addition to this, it’s also known for developing a range of products including ones for basic skincare and cosmetics.

As of Monday, March 1st, 2021, this shop's Yojiya Cafe is holding the Amaou Fair for a limited time. The fair serves desserts using the <Amaou|i@> strawberry-a large, red, and sweet strawberry brand from Fukuoka.

Because these are the only ones that are used, you can fully enjoy the seasonal Amaou strawberry in every dessert.

Amaou Strawberry Platter (1,900 yen, including tax)

The specialty is the Amaou strawberry platter, where you can try seven bite-sized strawberry desserts. This platter is limited to 20 plates per day, and each plate is handmade by the pastry chef. It is outstandingly popular due to being the first dessert platter to be served at Yojiya Cafe.

In addition to this dessert, we're introducing four others below. In total, there are five kinds of desserts on the menu. It’s hard to choose which one you’ll want to try!

Amaou Strawberry Shortcake Parfait (1,500 yen, including tax)

This combines the representative strawberry dessert of strawberry shortcake with Yojiya Cafe’s staple known as the face-logo parfait.

Amaou Strawberry Cheesecake (750 yen, including tax)

This dessert uses two kinds of cream cheese. The flaky and crispy texture of the cheesecake acts as an accent to the dish.

Amaou Strawberry Cappuccino (690 yen, including tax)

The Yojiya cappuccino, a standard at Yojiya Cafe incorporating the shop’s representative logo, has been transformed into a limited-edition version served at the Amaou Fair.

Amaou Smoothie (850 yen, including tax)

This is a very cute drink with its light pink coloring and heart-shaped strawberries.

  • YOJIYA CAFE Gion
    よーじやカフェ 祇園店
    • Address Address: Isawa Bld.2F, 266, Giommachi Kitagawa, Kyoto-Shi Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto-Fu
    • Phone Number 075-746-2263
    • Hours:11:00 a.m.~ 5:00 p.m. (last orders are at 4:30 p.m.)
      Open daily

  • YOJIYA CAFE Sagano Arashiyama
    よーじやカフェ 嵯峨野嵐山店
    • Address 2, Sagatenryuji Tateishicho, Kyoto-Shi Ukyo Ku, Kyoto, Japan
    • Phone Number 075-865-2213
    • Hours:11:00 a.m.~ 5:00 p.m. (last orders are at 4:30 p.m.)
      Open daily

Fukucha: The three matcha and strawberry parfait sisters have made it back this year

Fukucha: The three matcha and strawberry parfait sisters have made it back this year

Since being founded in 1790, the tea house Fukujuen has concentrated on and continued down the path of tea. This long-established shop in Kyoto has also produced the cafe, Fukucha.

Here, the limited-edition parfaits that were extremely popular in 2020 have made a comeback! Given the name, the three strawberry-sisters who fell in love with matcha, these parfaits make matcha and strawberries the main event. You can enjoy these desserts until May 30th, where a limit of ten of each parfait is available per day.

Konome, the youngest sister (1,350 yen, excluding tax)

The third and youngest of the strawberry sisters is a matcha and strawberry fondue. Please try this dessert by dipping strawberries, bean-jam-filled wafers, and bracken-starch jellies into slightly bitter matcha chocolate. The presentation is meant to express the cuteness of the youngest sister.

Konoha, the middle sister (1,450 yen, excluding tax)

The second and middle sister is a matcha and strawberry tiramisu. Matcha sauce and strawberries are hidden in the mascarpone cream. The presentation is meant to represent the slightly more sophisticated sister’s stylish dress.

Konoka, the eldest sister (1,550 yen, excluding tax)

The eldest sister is called the brilliant strawberry. You can find melty, strawberry-flavored cream cheese inside the candy coating. Hidden under this is a decadent matcha-chocolate Bavarian cream. The presentation is meant to express the sophistication of the eldest sister by using the elegance of a pearl as a motif.

Strawberry and Matcha Milk Parfait (800 yen, excluding tax)

What’s more, there’s a new takeout-only menu. The strawberry and matcha milk parfait layer milk jelly on top of the thick matcha-chocolate Bavarian cream. This is topped with strawberries, raspberries, and tiny pancakes.

Strawberry Matcha Latte (650 yen, without tax)

Please enjoy the strawberry matcha latte which combines a rich, flavor-filled matcha latte with seasonal, sweet and tangy strawberries.

  • FUKUCHA
    茶寮FUKUCHA
    • Address Kyoto Station Building, Central Exit 2F, 901 Higashishiokojicho, Karasuma-dori Shiokoji-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
    • Phone Number 075-744-0552
    • Hours: 8:30~21:00(L.O.20:30)
      Closed: Holidays are not fixed.

Salon De The Morozoff Kobe: Kobe-exclusive parfaits and Waffles made from Hyogo Prefecture’s strawberries

Salon De The Morozoff Kobe: Kobe-exclusive parfaits and Waffles made from Hyogo Prefecture’s strawberries
Shinoda Strawberry Farm’s Ama Queen Strawberry and Pudding Parfait (1,500 yen, excluding tax)

Morozoff, a long-established Western-style confectionery maker, has introduced a springtime-limited menu at their cafe Salon De The Morozoff Kobe! This consists of using Ama Queen strawberries, a large and sweet type of strawberry from Nishiwaki in Hyogo Prefecture. Starting from March 1st, this is a special dessert that will stop service once all of the strawberries are gone.

Ama Queen strawberries are an original type of strawberry from Hyogo Prefecture. It combines Tochiotome strawberries - a variety from Tochigi Prefecture - and Saganohoka strawberries - a variety from Saga Prefecture.

Shinoda Strawberry Farm’s Ama Queen strawberry and pudding parfait use a lot of these Ama Queen strawberries. In addition to the refined flavors of the strawberries, it incorporates the shop’s homemade vanilla ice cream with smooth and delicate custard pudding. You can enjoy this special parfait only at the shop in Kobe.

Ama Queen Strawberry Waffle (1,050 yen, excluding tax)

The next dessert is the waffle with Ama Queen strawberries from Shinoda Strawberry Farm. This dessert tops Morozoff’s popular waffles with Ama Queen strawberries. At the shop, you can experience the deliciousness of homemade waffles and vanilla gelato in addition to the taste of the fragrant berry.

  • Salon De The Morozoff Kobe
    サロン ド テ モロゾフ 神戸本店
    • Address 1-8-1, Sannomiyacho, Kobe-Shi Chuo-Ku, Hyogo, Japan
    • Phone Number 078-391-8718
    • Hours:11:00~8:00 p.m.(last orders are at 7:30 p.m.)
      Closed:New Year’s Day

All of these strawberry desserts are almost too beautiful to eat. Due to not being able to travel at the moment, it might be a nice idea to experience spring through some of these cafe desserts. Please come and try them.

*Depending on the situation there may be changes made to business hours, holidays, and service methods. There may also be times when items have sold out etc.

Written by:

Ran Tanaka

Ran Tanaka

A writer based in Southeast Asia. Happy life is with cheap beer.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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