pancake tuesday 2020

A post for both Konamon no Hi “Flour Day”, Pancake Tuesday and the 12 ‘pancake day’s a year in Japan! It includes a recipe for pancakes with a Japanese twist.

Pancake Tuesday needs little introduction in the ‘West’, but Konamon no Hi is unique to Japan. Konamon no Hi こなもんの日 falls on May 7th annually. Kona means flour and mon from mono meaning thing. May 7th can be read as “kona”; “ko” from the “go gatsu” meaning May and “na” as an abbreviation of “nana” meaning seven. The Nippon Konamon Association started promoting May 7th as konamon no hi, or flour day as we might call it, in 2003.

Pancake Day

Moreover, there are twelve ‘pancake day’s a year in Japan! Each month the 10th of the month is PANCAKE DAY. The date was set to be the 10th of each month, which is the combination of “1” and “0”; the “1” is supposed to represent the fork used to eat pancakes and the “0” a round pancake! The aim is to make it a day to enjoy pancakes. The anniversary was certified and registered by the Japan Anniversary Association. It was submitted for consideration by Nippon Ham, which manufactures and sells a variety of foods including hams and sausages, processed foods, and dairy products. And wouldn’t you know… pancakes!

Pancake Tuesday

In 2024, Pancake Tuesday is particularly early falling on February 13th.

When is Pancake Tuesday 2024?

Pancake Tuesday 2024 is on February 13th.

Is Pancake Tuesday a thing in Japan?

No, except among some expats or people who have lived in a country where Pancake Tuesday is common. Some Japanese Christians may be aware of Shrove Tuesday, but it is not associated with pancakes. The diet in Japan was quite different when Pancake Tuesday evolved, so there wasn’t the same necessity to use up butter and sugar before Lent (a fasting and abstinence period) starts.

In Japan, pancakes are now a popular treat. Some even eat them for breakfast and it is very common to find them on a breakfast buffet menu. Furthermore, they are also popular for lunch and / or as a dessert. Many restaurants have pancakes on their menu and there are specialty pancake restaurants too (skip to pancake restaurants). Also, the ingredients to make pancakes in Japan are readily available for pancake treats on February 13th 2024.

Make your own pancakes

A recipe for either Pancake Tuesday or Flour Day…

With a Japanese twist

Fiona Uyema is Ireland’s leading Japanese food expert, Japanese cook book author, CEO of Fused (soy sauce and premium stir fry sauces) and TV celebrity chef. Her recipes are versatile and easy to follow. I am biased – she is my bestie – but her recipes, book, sauces and TV appearances are popular for a reason: she makes Japanese food accessible to all. Here is a great Matcha Pancake recipe from her (be sure to check out her website for more)…

Matcha Pancakes

Photo and recipe copyright of Fiona Uyema

View on Fiona’s Fused website here.


  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 180g flour
  • 1 tablespoon matcha (green tea powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A teaspoon bread soda
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Official website here.



  • bacon, smoked salmon, tomato, mushroom, selection of cheese (cream cheese, goats cheese etc)


  • figs, mixed berries, banana
  • honey/maple syrup, to garnish

Official website here.


In a large bowl mix the buttermilk and egg together.

In another large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, matcha, baking powder and bread soda). To ensure that the matcha is evenly dispersed through the flour, pass the mixture through a sieve 2 or 3 times.

Add the dry ingredient mix to the buttermilk and egg, whisk until the batter is smooth with no lumps.

Add vegetable oil to a non stick frying pan and set the heat to medium/high.

Using a large spoon, place one spoon of batter carefully on the frying pan.

Fry for 1 – 2 minutes until bubbles form on top, then flip and continue to fry on the other side for 1 – 2 minutes.

Serve on a plate along with the recommended toppings and garnish with honey or maple syrup.

Fused by Fiona Uyema

Treat yourself

Saitama Pancake Restaurants

If you are out and about on Pancake Tuesday, February 13th 2024, and / or making them at home is not an option, or you’d just fancy treating yourself to some, there are some really great pancake houses around. In Saitama we have a great choice. For example, the majority of the family restaurant chains – such as Gusto, Denny’s etc – have pancakes on their menu. Moreover, a surprising amount of restaurants usually have a choice of at least a dessert pancake. We also have a selection of cafes / restaurants whose specialty is pancakes:

A choice of pancake restaurants in Saitama

Always check with the official website for the most recent information.

FUJIMI: JS Pancake, Lalaport

Lasagna and pancake lunch set J.S Pancake lalaport fujimi saitama japan

I am listing JS Pancake first because for me there is an added bonus to the pancakes here: you can get a really decent lasagna – a rarity in Saitama – with your pancakes! They have a nice children’s menu too

J.S Pancake, Lalaport Fujimi
Address:〒354-8560 Fujimi, Yamamuro, 1−1313 2F Lalaport
Hours:10 am to 9 pm seven days a week
More information
in English:
J.S Pancake Lalaport Fujimi
Website:Official website

KAZO: Kona’s Coffee Hawaiian Pancake House

Kona's Coffee Pancake Tuesday

Kona’s is a chain pancake restaurant with branches all around Japan. I’ve only personally been to three, all in Saitama. I believe the Fujimi branch, which is right on the border of Kawagoe, was the first in Saitama. My favorite of the branches I’ve visited is the branch in Kazo. There are also branches in Saitama City and Tokorozawa.

Kona’s Coffeehouse Viva Mall
Address:〒347-0033 Saitama, Kazo, Shimotakayanagi, 1−17
Hours:Monday to Friday 10 am to 10 pm,
Saturday and Sunday from 9 am.
More information
in English:
Kona’s Coffee Hawaiian Pancake Cafe

KITAMOTO: Musashi No Mori

Musashi no Mori Pancakes for pancake day

Another chain restaurant, widely regarded for its comfort and extensive menu. Pancakes are a staple of the menu. They have seasonal pancakes as well as pancakes on the fixed menu. The one pictured above is a seasonal frozen pancake, so served cold. Its really light and fluffy, but a bit heavy on flour.

Musashi no Mori
Address:2 Chome-70-3 Motojuku, Kitamoto, Saitama 364-0005
Hours:from 7 am to 10 pm.
More information
in English:
Kitamoto branch | Kasukabe branch
Website:Official Japanese website

OMIYA: Eggs’n Things

Probably the most famous on this list, Eggs’n Things is another Hawaiian type chain restaurant. Moreover, they have branches all over Japan. Currently (2024) there are three branches in Saitama Prefecture. But the first to open was in Cocoon City, beside Saitama Shintoshin (Omiya ward, Saitama City). There is also a branch in Fukaya Hanazono Premium Outlets and in Tokorozawa Station. (Image from the official website).

Eggs N Things
Address:〒330-0843 Saitama, Saitama City, Omiya Ward, Kishikicho, 4 Chome−263-1, Cocoon City, 1F
Hours:9 am to 10 pm seven days a week
More information
in English:
Website:Official Japanese website

KUMAGAYA: Base Diner

Pancakes (and burgers) are the most popular thing on the menu at the rustic cafe in Kumagaya. It is a really busy restaurant so arriving early is advised. Please note, while they officially open seven days a week, they occasionally close the restaurant in the afternoon without prior notice. They have no official website and rarely use social media so using one of the restaurant navigation websites is the only way to keep up with this trendy cafe in Kumagaya.

Base Diner
Address:2 Chome-355 Kagoharaminami, Kumagaya, 360-0847
Hours:11 am to 3 pm, 5 pm to 10 pm seven days a week
More information
in English:
On Gurunavi


Cafe Pour Toi higashimatsuyama saitama with kids cafe hopping japan

For the type of cafe it is, Pour Toi has a good selection of homemade pancakes. In addition, they have a reasonably priced children’s set too for “one coin” (500 yen). The cafe is an area of Higashimatsuyama that was badly affected by typhoon Hagibis. The cafe itself went unscathed, but there was no access to the area until mid December. And so it had to close for a period during 2019 and 2020. It may also have to close during the pandemic. Please check the official site for the most up-to-date information.

Cafe Pour Toi
Address:355-0048 Higashimatsuyama, Azumacho, 4 Chome−1, 21
Hours:10 am to 5 pm on Tuesdays
Thursday to Monday from 10 am to 9 pm
Closed on Wednesdays
More information
in English:
On this blog
Website:Official Facebook page

Pancake restaurants for flour day

There are a couple of other restaurants with decent pancakes worth mentioning, but unfortunately they don’t open on Tuesdays. But while they might be closed annually for Pancake Tuesday, unless Flour Day falls on a Tuesday, they are open on Konamon no Hi and at least a few of the Pancake Days on the 10th of the month!

Cafe Matilda in Kawagoe does really filling and reasonably priced light and fluffy pancakes:

In Ranzan Fukurou No Mori, an outdoor cafe and dog run, have pancakes all year round even though the rest of their menu is seasonal:

Do you celebrate Pancake Tuesday? Or how about “Flour Day”!? Will you make your own or go out to restaurant? Any recommendations to add?


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