#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”.