(What is Manju? -- Click here to jump to wiki!)
When you hear Manju, the shape may round or elliptic.
But today im introducing very cute shaped Manju : Hiyoko !
Cute isn't it?
Hiyoko means a chic, thats why this Omiyage named Hiyoko :)
Bigger than normal Manju
White Filling from head to hip!
There are some flavors and variations depends on seasons;
"Family" Pack -Cute!!
Big Hiyoko (1 each in a box)
Right one is normal Hiyoko and Left is Big Hiyoko
By the way, Hiyoko has long history, this year 2012 is 100th birthday!
Every Japanese must know this Hiyoko Manju, but there is a funny thing.
If you have a Japanese friend, try asking him/her "Hiyoko is Omiyage from where"?
Some people answer Tokyo, others Hakata (kyushu).
Hiyoko is originally made in Hakata (Kyushu area), and later they moved to Tokyo.
So there are "Hakata Hiyoko" and "Tokyo Hiyoko" and it caused confusion.
Still a lot of people do not know whether hiyoko is from Hakata or Tokyo, but actually both Hiyokos are completely the same, expect the package- well, package designs are also same, the difference is only that Tokyo one is written "Tokyo Hiyoko" and Hakata one "Hakata hiyoko".
Anyway Hiyoko is loved for 100 years in Japan, you should have them!