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#804 “Hanaragu manju” and Japanese “manju” communication

“Hanaragu manju” in Hanazono

Today I’d like to introduce the “Hanaragu manju” to you.
It is a sweet bean confectionary made by a pastry shop “KINUYA” near the Hanazono rugby stadium. Since the shape of the confectionary looks like a rugby ball. It is popular as a souvenir for rugby fans. Their homepage says that the inside is green peas paste which is inspired by the green grass in rugby field.


↑The shape is a rugby ball.


↑The inside is green peas paste which is inspired by the green grass in rugby field.

I bought a 3-piece package(360 yen, tax not included), when I went to see the game Kintetsu Liners vs Toyota industries corporation shuttles on Nov. 24th. (the game’s result was 33-22)
The day was Thompson Luke’s last game in his home ground “Hanazono”. He was a member of the Japan national rugby union team. He is a very popular player.

“Manju” is one of the Japanese communications

Now let’s go back to the “manju.”
For those who have lived in Japan for a long time, you would know that most “manju” taste the same. This one is no exception. Although it does have a cute appearance, the taste is quite ordinary.
I think when people buy this souvenir, they are not going after the taste. It is the look that attracts the customers. If you know anyone who is a rugby fan, this souvenir would be a perfect gift.

When Japanese buys “manju” as souvenir, they are usually not looking for the taste. Instead, they are telling the receiver that we thought of you during the trip. This is the unique Japanese “manju communication”.

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2019-12-11 | Posted in English2 Comments » 

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 yoko | 2019.12.11 21:11

他社の緑の餡子のお饅頭って、何あんなのかしら?
いつも普通のこしあんばかり選んでいる私には、グリーンピース味が想像できません。
お味の方は、どうだったのでしょうか?
出張にいくと、お土産にお菓子を買ってくる人っていたよね。
今はそんなことないの?
会社じゃ、お土産話もしないのかなぁ。

nako nako | 2019.12.12 11:45

グリーンピースの味がしたとは思えなかったけれど、緑がかった餡でした。
いわゆる普通のお饅頭味ですが、見かけがラグビーボールというのが人気の理由です。

テレビで見たのですが、最近の若者は会社でお土産をもらうと”自分もお返しをしなくちゃ”と思うらしく、それが煩わしいのでお土産のお菓子とか欲しくないらしいのです。
私はお菓子が楽しみで会社に行っていた頃もあったのでその報道は衝撃でした。
日本の饅頭配布文化は職場のコミュニケーションツールでしたが、そのうち消滅してしまうのでしょうか。

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