I recently spent a sunny day n San Jose, CA (looking out the window of a conference room). As I was heading to the airport, I welcomed the gift of a bit of spare time. I stopped at the Mitsuwa Japanese Marketplace and wanted to share with you some of the visuals and experience. It feels like visiting Japan for an hour.
When I walked in, I was delighted to see that tea had such a prominent presence! Ito En's Matcha Love shop was the first shop to the left, and just next to it was Lupicia.
The main reason for this detour was to visit the Japanese sweets shop. Japanese confections are presented in such a lovely way! Below, rows of mochi (a stretchy rice dough). These are filled with bean paste and whipped cream.
I brought home Celebration sencha tea, an organic variety. Spring is here and my desire for green teas is growing!
And I also had to try the sakura mochi (below). These are a special seasonal sweet. The sticky rice is filled with bean paste and wrapped in a cherry leaf. On top is a preserved cherry blossom. I'm enjoying with a cup of tea from Ito En.
When in San Jose, Mitsuwa would make a fun and delicious adventure.