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Gardena Japanese sweets-mochi

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petradish Feb 27, 2006 09:15 PM

Perceptor's slideshow made me so hungry that I started craving sweets after vicariously eating through his meal. Here are a couple recent pics of what I picked up in Gardena, trying a new place that hounds recommended, Sakura-ya, and my old standby Chikara. They're very close-same side of the street-so popping into both and comparing was no problem.

The difference btwn them seems to be that Chikara is a little more expensive and formal with some fancier molded and shaped items where Sakura-ya has more rustic stuff and fruity flavors. They both do the basic bean stuffed mochi and tasted very fresh (at Sakura-ya, the lady reminded me to eat it that day for the best taste. I love that).

Any info on special places in the area to purchase green tea to enjoy along with my sweets would be very much appreciated.

Sakura-ya
16134 S. Western Ave, Gardena

Chikara Mochi
16108 S. Western Ave, Gardena

Link: http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=c...

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    apple7blue Aug 21, 2010 01:59 AM

    The gallery doesn't seem to be working.

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      Gohantabeyoka Feb 28, 2006 01:09 AM

      re: SAKURAYA:
      I grew up in Gardena and I must say that Masa Fujita's lovingly-made manju are special to me.
      His shop also makes the best kintoki (sweet bean) shaved ice in the universe in the summertime.
      Get yourself---and your kids---there before the entire Gardena Nikkei community vanishes off the face of the earth and takes a mighty chunk of Southern California's Japanese American culture with it.
      March 3rd is Girl's Day!

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        petradish Feb 28, 2006 02:14 PM

        Thanks for the shaved ice tip-can't wait!

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        Hungry All the Time Feb 28, 2006 12:20 AM

        Ooohh!
        I had the pink mochi with the cherry leaf the other day and it was sooo good! It was both salty and sweet. Always an interesting and complimentary combination.

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          petradish Feb 28, 2006 02:10 PM

          Exactly, the salty-sweet combo. Love the cherry scent and the nibs of rice too.

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            jschyun Feb 28, 2006 04:32 PM

            how much are the sakura mochi?

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              petradish Mar 1, 2006 03:39 PM

              $.90 a piece, I think.

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                mstinawu Aug 20, 2010 05:45 PM

                Dang, they have raised their prices.. It is $1.10/piece now.. Just went today to grab a box. I don't get why they don't give discounts if you buy more. $1.10/piece is pretty dang expensive especially considering they are an all cash place so they probably fudge their numbers to the IRS every year. I guess that is what allows them to only sell out of mochis so early in the day..

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                  curtiskan Aug 20, 2010 06:48 PM

                  Wow. So you are saying that when one buys a larger quantity, all businesses should/must give a discount to obtain your business. In addition, if a business only takes cash for payment, they probably fudge their numbers to the IRS every year. And I guess charging more and taking cash allow them to sell out of mochis early in the day? This makes my day.

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                    apple7blue Aug 21, 2010 01:59 AM

                    Yeah I think its unfair to say they cheat on their taxes because they deal in cash. You should know while using a card might seem free to you, they charge for merchant services to entrepreneurs. Also, sometimes checks bounce. It's one thing to say its too expensive, but its a whole different thing to accuse someone of tax fraud.

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