after reading an article about manju through a link on the sf bay area board, i realized how much i love and miss eating them. so where can i get them around here? the closest source that i know of is minamoto kitchoan in nyc, which sells a lot of different varieties of japanese confectionery and sweets. but it's too far to ever satisfy any "i want one now!" cravings, and besides, i don't need anything that fancy. (but if you're even in need of a special food gift, their stuff is exquisite - see link below.)
i'm not looking for daifuku or mochi, those chewy rice cakes filled with anko (red bean paste). i'm looking for the baked (not steamed) kind of manju - usually with a thin (or thick, depending) bready layer that encases a smooth anko filling. sometimes the paste is made with chestnuts (kuri-manju), which can be even better than regular anko.
they didn't have them at japonaise the last time i was there. they have the prepackaged kind at the japanese grocery by central square, but i would like something fresh. fyi, korean bakeries usually carry in-house versions. but there are no competent korean bakeries around here, or so i'm told.