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Aug 26, 2009 08:47 AM

Minamoto Kitchoan, wagashi-ya, opening on Market St

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: .

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  1. 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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    1. re: choctastic

      There's also Nippon Ya in Japantown.

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

      675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

    2. 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:

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      1. re: Xiao Yang

        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.