4240 Kearny Mesa Road
San Diego, CA 92111
Out of the Japanese markets in San Diego, Mitsuwa is the biggest. I don’t go often, as I think it is also the priciest. But if I can’t find my snacks elsewhere, I’ll stop by. Inside there is a Japanese ramen place, a bookstore, and some other stores that sell stuffed animals and other Japanese trinkets.
There are often special Japanese goodies displayed near the front of the store for holidays and other events.
The one thing that Mitsuwa is lacking for me is their mochi section. They don’t have nearly as many different kinds of mochi that Nijiya has.
However, on my last trip I purchased the sakura mochi. I had never eaten it before but liked the pretty pink color.and the delicate leaf wrapped around it.
The leaf is supposed to be a cherry blossom leaf. Sakura means cherry blossom and so these pretty pink mochi are supposed to look like cherry blossoms. Each package comes with three of these beautiful mochis. I enjoyed the taste. The outside is more of a sticky rice rather than a traditional mochi skin. And the inside is filled with red bean.