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Sakura Mochi from Little Tokyo, Los Angeles with Photos

Sakura mochi ($1.90 each): Mochi made from pink color sticky rice and wrapped in cherry leaf.

Different regions of Japan have different styles of sakuramochi.

Kanto-style uses shiratama-ko (白玉粉?, rice flour) to make the rice cake, and Kansai-style uses dōmyōji-ko (道明寺粉?, glutinous rice flour). The sweet is traditionally eaten during the spring season, and especially on Girl’s Day (hinamatsuri) and at flower viewing parties (hanami).

This sakura mochi definitely gets a solid 5-star for their presentation. A great gift to give to your love ones and or friends!

However, this Sakura Mochi (Cherry Rice Pastry) isn’t around all year. It is usually gone by the end of April, since Tango no Sekku or Boys’ Day comes up on the 5th of May when a different kind of Mochigashi (rice confection) is made for that occasion.