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Wagashi in Seattle

Tom Armitage | Jan 13, 201112:18 PM

Thanks to San Diego Chowhound extraordinaire, cgfan, I just learned about Tokara, where you can get fresh locally made wagashi. Thanks, cgfan. Ironically, although I always make a trip for wagashi at Hogetsu Bakery in Chula Vista, California when I’m in the San Diego area (cgfan's home turf), I wasn’t even aware of Tokara – and it’s been around for quite awhile. I learned from a March 2008 blog on Voracious that that it isn’t a typical retail store where you can just go in and select wagashi from a display case (like you do at Hogetsu Bakery). It’s primarily a wholesale operation selling to places like Floating Leaves, Fresh Flours, Panama Tea House, and Tougo Coffee Co. You can, however, order directly from Tokara. The options are spelled out on Tokara’s website. General orders require 10 pieces minimum and must be made 3 days before pickup. In addition, “Sweetweak” gives you the option of ordering 3 pieces of whatever sweets are being made during any given week by ordering prior to pickup. Tokara also holds an open house on the 10th of every month when you can get a special box set of 3 for $11, but you are instructed to reserve ahead of time. Although there are a handful of posts about Tokara on Yelp, I’m not finding any previous mention of it on Chowhound. Have any of you Seattle Hounds tried the wagashi from Tokara?

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