Genital Sweets With A Dash Of Pubic Hair. Of Course, It’s In Japan.
In Japan, His and Hers steamed cakes are a popular gift for newlyweds. After you’ve tied the knot, the next day there’s a culture for the bride and groom to open wedding gifts together, and usually among the gifts there’s a little naughty among the nice, based on the culture of wishing the B&G happiness in the bedroom.
According to SoraNews24, that’s the concept behind a set of ‘manju’ sweets produced by a small business in rural Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
Kimura Seika (the name of the company) is famous for their Inyo Manju, which translates to “Yin and Yang Manju“, with ‘manju’ being the word for traditional steamed cakes with a paste filling. And if you’re wondering what the Yin and the Yang in the name refers to, one quick look at the product should explain everything.
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As the photo above shows, the genitalia-inspired cakes designs are intentional, but according to the company the “manju on the right is said to resemble a matsutake mushroom and the cake on the left is said to resemble the fruit of the chocolate vine.”
The story behind this is, the Inyo Manju pay homage to nearby Inyo Shrine, which was built as a sacred site for marriage-related deity worship after 17th century feudal lord Tokugawa Mitsukuni passed through the area and discovered rocks resembling male and female genital parts.
While these “inyo” rocks are said to have collapsed during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the shrine remains a sacred spot for couples today. Conveniently, matsutake mushrooms and chocolate vine plants grow in the mountains near the shrine, imbuing these special his and hers sweets with a whole lot of extra meaning and significance.
The Inyo Manju are only available in and around the local area, making them an incredibly rare treat.
Would you care for a piece of “manju” next time we’re in Japan?