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Where to find Japanese sweets??

Can anyone recommend someplace to find good, preferably freshly-made Japanese sweets? I'm particularly interested in mochi diafuku?

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  1. Both are faint hopes: Ozawa.ca; or Nakamura's at J-Town.

      1. re: wildphoenix

        Sanko has daifuku mochi for sure. I bought some there before.

      2. I have been meaning to drop into this place . . . www.mitstoronto.com
        Not sure if they have freshly made though,

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        1. re: orangewasabi

          I have never heard of this place before. Is it a dessert place? The website is in Japanese, so I can't tell what's going on. I wish I could. :(

          I've been to Japan, and would love to see if there are similar eateries here in Toronto.

          1. re: kaka

            It's a small Japanese video and groceries store. I bought a package of okonomi mix there once, got home and saw that the expiry date was the next month, so the things aren't fresh. I vaguely remember that they sell snacks but don't recall what's there.

          2. T&T and PAT central have Japanese sweets that are not freshly made.

            1. Thanks for the responses... I have tried Sanko, and what they have is OK, but it really doesn't compare to the fresh stuff. I may have to try making some mochi myself (potential disaster!).

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              1. re: Rabbit

                The stuff that you will find at Sanko and J town is definitely not fresh and sometimes you can even feel that they are thawing and just taken out of the freezer. Sanko used to have beautiful fresh ones that they sold in packages of six but I haven't seen them there since I was a little girl. I make mine at home with great results. It can be time consuming to make your own Koshi-an or Tsubushi-an so I usually buy that in the packages. But if you really want to make it all from scratch, bulk barn even carries Azuki beans now. You will find great easy recipes in Hawaiis Best Mochi Recipes by Jean Watanabe Hee. It has an amazing recipe for Tri-Coloured Mochi that is actually baked. You can cut them out using different cookie cutters which are great for kids and as gifts.

                1. re: professor plum

                  This is great info... thanks, prof!!