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Beard Papa’s Cream Puffs

More than 300 Beard Papa locations around the world — Taiwan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Singapore… This store is inside the Little Tokyo Shopping Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, USA.

Beard Papa's Puff Pastries in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles

The mascot of Beard Papa is based on the grandfather of founder Yuji Hirota, who grew up  with cream puffs or “choux cream” in Osaka, Japan. The name of the company is Muginoho, which is privately held.

Cream puffs are very delicate must be eaten immediately! If refrigerated, they may keep for close to 24 hours. The filling is a mixture of custard and whipped cream, with no preservatives added.

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Utsuwa no Yakata in Little Tokyo

The Largest Japanese Tableware Chain

Utsuwa no Yakata in Little Tokyo

Date Photo Taken: April 15, 2008

Go to Utsuwa-no-Yakata in Little Tokyo to shop for gifts — sake bottles,  tea set, chopsticks, bowls… It’s  at the Little Tokyo Shopping Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Utsuwa-no-Yakata means “House of Pottery” and the store is owned by Tajimi USA.

Address: 333 S Alameda Street, Suite 114, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Spiga Luxury & Gift Accessories

Spiga Luxury and Gift Accessories in Little Tokyo Shopping Center

Spiga inside the Little Tokyo Shopping Center on 333 South Alameda in downtown Los Angeles. Shop for handbags and jewelry. 

This photo was taken in 2008. Not sure if the store has since changed management. (The shopping center was bought out by Koreans in January 2009). I hear people refer to it as Spiga Hello Kitty. I don’t remember seeing any Hello Kitty back then. 

Phone number: (213) 617-3778

Mikawaya Sweets in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Mikawaya is known as the company that invented mochi ice cream! They’re the finest name in Japanese pastries since 1910.

Mikawaya Sweets in Little Tokyo for Mochi Ice Cream

The Mikawaya store in the open Japanese Village Plaza gets more traffic, but they do have this store in the enclosed Little Tokyo Shopping Center a few blocks away. Among their flavors of mochi ice cream are red bean (ogura), mango, green tea, kona coffee, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

LA Scoops in Little Tokyo

LA Scoops in Little Tokyo

L.A. Scoops inside the Little Tokyo Shopping Center.

This picture was taken in April 2008. The shop has since closed.

They had green tea, lychee and taro flavors of ice cream.