At the South Bay Chowhound we ate at a Japanese Sweet Shop,Shuei-do Manju Shop, 217 Jackson St., (between Fifth and Sixth Streets),San Jose; (408) 294-4148. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday; noon-6 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; closedTuesday. Choose from a daily selection of 14-16 kinds of pastries.
Just wanted to report there are other Japanese pastry places that makes these manju's, haven't been.
Benkyo-do, 1747 Buchanan St. (at Sutter Street) , San Francisco; (415)922-1244. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. A wide array of manju,wagashi and daifuku.(From SF Chronicle Oct 18, 2000 Linda Furiya)
Also from SF Chronicle Oct 18, 2000 by Linda Furiya
Kansendo Japanese Pastry Shop, Kintetsu Building, lower level, 1825 Post St., San Francisco; (415) 346-5083. Open noon-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. A
smaller selection of pastries, with a minimum purchase of four pieces. (Is this still in business?)
--May's Coffee Shop, Kintetsu Mall, lower level, 1737 Post St. (at Buchanan Street), San Francisco; (415) 346-4020. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
For $1.25 apiece, I get my quick okashi fix from a fish-shaped waffle called taiyaki. Cooked on a griddle before your eyes, then wrapped in wax paper, be careful not to burn your tongue on the hot filling.