Established in 1903, Fugetsu-Do is the place to go for traditional Japanese mochi (rice cakes) and manju, (a chewy, pounded rice mound filled with various flavored paste), shaved ice and sembei (Japanese rice crackers). For very little money ($1.10 as of this writing), you can get one good-sized mochi that's big enough for two to share. The newest treat is called Korey's chocolate mochi, named after shop owner Brian Kito's son.
Kito's grandfather, Sheiichi Kito, moved from Central Japan to Los Angeles and opened the shop, which has stayed in the family ever since. Brian Kito, who began working in the shop as a child, also serves as an LAPD volunteer at the Koban a few doors away.
315 E. First St.