kinoko vs takenoko

Kinko no Yama vs Takenoko no Sato -Battles Without Honor and Humanity-

Jingi naki tatakai

Do you know the Japanese yakuza(mafia) movie “Battle Without Honor and Humanity” directed by Kinji Fukasaku? Japanese title is “JINGI naki tatakai”

After watched this movie, director Quentin Tarantino made one of his masterpieces, “Reservoir Dogs”.

JINGI means humanity and righteousness. It is the most important teaching in Japan. Japanese learns this JINGI as one of the education at school.

So, it’s a battle that takes place in the world of sweets…

Today, I talk about “Kinoko no Yama” vs “Takenoko no Sato”.

What are they?

kinoko takenoko

These sweet snacks call “Kinoko no Yama” or “Takenoko no Sato”.

“Kinoko” means mushrooms. “Yama” means mountains. The left side is kinoko’s one. The other side is “Takenoko no Sato”. Takenoko” means bamboo shoots, and “Sato” means village.

It is a one of the long-selling sweets that has been loved by Japanese people for about 40 years.

“Kinoko no Yama” has a chocolate umbrella and a crunchy stalks.

On the other hand, Takenoko no Sato is made of chocolate and the base is made of crispy cookies as follows.

It is no exaggeration to say that all Japanese are divided into these 2 types. They are like cats and dogs.


If you say “I love both!”, you’ll be treated as a bat in Aesop’s Fables. The Korean government should be careful.(…not people, just government.)

So, This battle is called “Battle Without Honor” among Japanese. Because it has not been settled for 40 years. Moreover we tried to win at any cost…Of course, this battle is joke though.

There is general election too

Every year in Japan, there is a general election for “Kinoko no Yama” vs. “Takenoko no Sato”. 

The turnout by young people in this election is higher than that for politicians…it’s a joke, but that’s the way they are loved by the Japanese people.

Almost all year, Takenoko wins…but, edokko like me loves Kinoko.

After all, Japanese are happy people because we can afford to do such a silly thing even during Covid-19, hahaha.


Which sweet do you like?

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