Just down the street from our Little Tokyo office is the Fugetsu-do Sweet Shop, which is one of the oldest businesses left in Little Tokyo. It has been family-owned and operated since 1903 and this year marks its 110th anniversary of being in business. Fugetsu-do sells Japanese sweets and mochi rice cakes that range from the traditional red-bean filled manju to their newer creations, such as the strawberry and peanut butter filled mochi as well as a chocolate ganache filled mochi.
Seiichi Kito opened Fugetsu-do with a few other business partners in Little Tokyo after immigrating to America from Japan. Eventually, Fugetsu-do became Seiichi’s own business. The store was very successful and one of the few places where Japanese-Americans could purchase their New Year’s komochi and other Japanese sweets.
Although the Kito family had to shut down their store during World War II, they returned back to Little Tokyo after the war. They faced many challenges when reestablishing their business, but were eventually able to restore Fugetsu-do. One of Seiichi’s sons, Roy, eventually took over the family business until 1980. Today, Brian Kito, Seiichi’s grandson, is the current third-generation owner of Fugetsu-do.
Over the years, Little Tokyo has seen many changes, but Fugetsu-do still remains standing on First Street as a historical landmark of Little Tokyo. Its charming interior hasn’t changed from over 30 years ago, which gives the store a very nostalgic feeling. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by for a piece of colorful handmade mochi or a refreshing shaved ice!
315 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Ph: (213) 625-8595
Hours: Sunday to Thursday – 8am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday – 8am to 7pm
Information Source: fugetsu-do.com