Little Tokyo’s revered mochi ice cream shop Mikawaya, located in Los Angeles, has closed permanently after more than a century.
About the shop: Mikawaya, one of Little Tokyo’s oldest businesses located at 118 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, was opened in 1910 by Ryuzaburo Hashimoto, according to their website.
Japantown’s esteemed mochi shop Benkyodo, located in San Francisco, may allegedly close down due to the owners’ retirements.
About the shop: Benkyodo, Japantown’s oldest business located at 1747 Buchanan Street, was opened in 1906 by Suyeichi Okamura, according to SF Gate.
Just when you thought the internet couldn’t get any weirder, a video of a “strange rice cooker” is going viral for what it makes out of rice. Of course, this isn’t just any machine, it’s actually a mochi maker!
The video, which was first published by a Japanese YouTube channel in December 2018, has gone massively viral on Facebook with over 37 million views and possibly counting when the page, Taste Life, re-posted it in April.
A man in Tokyo died after eating what has been called the “most dangerous” food traditionally served in Japan on New Year’s Day.
The man, believed to be in his 80s, was among 11 people hospitalized in the capital after choking on mochi, or glutinous rice cakes.
In a move that might make Top Gun’s Maverick smile, a mid-level officer was reported to be transporting two boxes of mochi in his cockpit, according to Taiwan News.
Air Force 401st Tactical Composite Wing Colonel Kuo Chih-hua (郭志華) was able to positively identify the officer and said that the branch would be issuing a reprimand for carrying a deemed contraband item.