Ringing in the Japanese New Year with green tea mochi donuts, Kyoto styled taco-looking mochi filled with red bean, and special new year's Sakura mochi with ume, shiso leaf, an bean, and lightly pounded mochi rice. The later was nicely balanced in taste and texture (thumbs up).
Where to get these fine Japanese delicacies ($2.50 each)? Minamoto Kitchoan at the Ala Moana shopping center in Honolulu. And if you like persimmon, try their dried persimmon infused with a light cream ($10 each).