675 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
When I was at my parents, my friend told me that the Mitsuwa in San Jose now has a mochi store inside. A mochi store?? Of course I had to check it out. Right inside Mitsuwa is a section selling elegant mochi, manju and some other Japanese desserts. They were so pretty, but oh so expensive!
After visiting Hogetsu, with their pretty manju and mochi priced at only $1, it was really hard to justify spending $4+ for a piece of mochi. (There were some that were around $2, but all the ones I wanted to try were more.) Another interesting thing I noticed was how much they charge for the box! Buying the mochi individually is cheaper than buying a box of the same mochi.
They did allow my brother to snap pictures of everything though. I was there for quite a while wondering if I should buy some. In the end, I didn't end up buying any though.
These ones were probably the cheapest:
These ones were some of the most expensive. It looked pretty cool. The outside is a dried persimmon and the inside is stuffed with white bean paste.
There were quite a few that had multiple layers, which I really liked. I don't think my brother got photos of those. Here are some more pictures he took: