in Japantown, Fillmore & Pacific Heights

Since 1906, family-owned Benkyodo has survived earthquakes, world wars, even Japanese American internment – and still the Okamura family keeps making life sweeter each day with handmade mochi and manju (rice-based confections). Every morning, rice is pounded into pillowy, chewy wrappers that envelop seasonal fillings – fragrant mango, crowd-pleasing peanut butter and best of all, velvety red bean. Cash only.