Our History

About Our Mochi Ice Cream Company

Mikawaya (pronounced “me-kah-wah-ya”) has been specializing in fine Japanese pastries and desserts since 1910. Our business is named after Founder Ryuzaburo Hashimoto’s hometown in the Mikawa province of Japan. Frances Hashimoto, the youngest grand niece of Ryuzaburo, held the key to one of Mikawaya’s best-kept secrets: the recipe for the perfect Mochi dough, which has remained our staple for so many years. And by combining our signature dough with sweet, creamy ice cream, we created something truly special. Today, we pride ourself in offering this traditional, handmade treat in freezer sections throughout the U.S.

Mochi Ice Cream Served On A Plate

The History of Mochi Ice Cream

Mochi Ice Cream Timeline

Strawberry Mochi Ice Cream


Koroku and Haru Hashimoto, opened a Japanese Confectionery in Los Angeles, California

Mint Chip Mochi Ice Cream


The family closed their confectionery because of the war

Vanilla Mochi Ice Cream


Koroku and Haru reopened their Mochi shop in Little Tokyo with daughter, Francis

Double Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream


After years of running the family business, Francis had the idea of wrapping her family’s sweet Mochi dough around dollops of ice cream

Mango Mochi Ice Cream


Mochi Ice Cream is now available in over 1,300 stores across the United States and has become America’s beloved hand-held ice cream treat

Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream


Our newest brand, MyMo™is introduced. Combining America’s favorite ice cream flavors with the handheld fan of Mochi Ice Cream, new fans are created coast to coast.

Our Mochi Mission

We are proud to provide the original and the best premium Mochi Ice Cream. Because our top priority is customer satisfaction, we ensure the highest quality production for our Mochi Ice Cream. At Mikawaya, we know that Mochi Ice Cream isn’t just about having any dessert. It’s about having a fun and special experience that makes the little moments meaningful. We created this unique gourmet ice cream treat that bring friends and family together so that you can share a happy moment and let the stress or worries of your day melt away.