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Minamoto Kitchoan, wagashi-ya, opening on Market St

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david kaplan Aug 26, 2009 08:47 AM

Minamoto Kitchoan is a much-loved shop for wagashi, the sweets traditionally served during the Japanese tea ceremony. I passed by their sign on Market Street today, on the even-numbered side near Kearny (or was it Montgomery?). Workers renovating said the shop plans to open Friday or Saturday.

I believe this would be Minamoto Kitchoan's second location in the U.S., after one in New York.

See previous post on the dearth of wagashi in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/339336 .

  1. Xiao Yang Aug 28, 2009 09:22 PM

    The wagashi-ya was, in fact, open today at 648 Market, between Kearny and Montgomery Streets when I wandered by. I can't vouch for the confections, as I don't have a sweet tooth, except to note that they are very cute. I bought a box of Ankoro Mochi for a friend, a pack of Beika Goma rice cakes for myself and shot a few pictures:

    http://is.gd/2F9VP

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      DandySF Aug 30, 2009 08:28 PM

      I dropped by the store today and took a couple of pictures. The sweets, presentation, and packaging are gorgeous. Very brave of them to open in this economic environment.

      http://thesluicebox.blogspot.com/2009...

    2. choctastic Aug 28, 2009 10:03 AM

      I've actually been to a Minamoto Kitchoan branch in Costa Mesa, inside the Mitsuwa Market. I think they might be in all the Mitsuwa markets. Quite expensive, though the packaging is nice. The wagashi is a little on the old side, especially considering that in SoCal we have other places that do it in house and same day.

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        Robert Lauriston Aug 28, 2009 10:27 AM

        There's also Nippon Ya in Japantown.

        http://stores.shopnipponya.com/-strse...

        I'm pretty sure one of the shops in the San Jose Mitsuwa sells Minamoto Kitchoan stuff.

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        Mitsuwa
        675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

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          e_tsai Aug 28, 2009 06:56 PM

          Yep - they have a Minamoto Kitchoan counter right when you walk in, adjacent to the Satura Cakes counter.

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