Some of my favorite Japanese mochi comes from Fugetsu-Do, a mochi shop in Los Angeles which offers a wide selection of beautifully made mochi.
If you are not in Los Angeles, you can buy their mochi online or if you are near Los Angeles, they are also sold at Mitsuwa stores in Southern California.
You can view all the different mochi they have here. My absolute favorite one is these kiku mochi that I recently picked up. Kiku in Japanese means “chrysanthemum.” These flowers look so simple yet so elegant. I love that they come in both pink and white. These ones are usually sold at Mitsuwa and I love getting them as a special treat or for a gift.
If you are in the LA area, I definitely recommend stopping by Fugetsu to check out all the variations. I think I’ve tried almost all of them by now. The little tiny fruit flavored ones are pretty good, as well as the more traditional flower shaped ones with filling.
The shop also has a very interesting history. It is a family run business since 1903. The Kito family was sent to interment camps in 1941. One of the members of the family is also one of the people who claim to be the original inventor of the fortune cookie.
315 East First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012