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Frances Hashimoto
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Birth: 1943
Arizona, USA
Death: Nov. 11, 2012
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Mochi Ice Cream Producer Frances Hashimoto Dies . . . . LOS ANGELES -- Frances Hashimoto, a Little Tokyo business and civic leader whose Los Angeles company popularized the Japanese-style treat known as mochi ice cream, has died. She was 69. Hashimoto died of lung cancer on Sunday at her Pasadena home, her husband, Joel Friedman, said Wednesday. "She was an angel on earth," he said. "She always gave and gave and gave to the Japanese community." Hashimoto was born in a World War II internment camp in Poston, Ariz. In 1970, she took over Mikawaya, a confectionary business operated by her family in downtown's Little Tokyo area since 1910. Under her direction, the business expanded from a single shop into a $13 million-a-year business. The company popularized mochi ice cream, an ice cream ball wrapped in a layer of rice cake. Some sources credit Hashimoto or her husband with inventing the treat and bringing it to market in the 1990s while others list a South Korean company as creating it a decade earlier. Mikawaya's version is now sold in supermarkets throughout the U.S. She also was a longtime civic leader and a member of several organizations that promoted business and Japanese cultural events in Little Tokyo. In September, the City Council voted to name a plaza in her honor. Frances Hashimoto Plaza will be dedicated next week. In addition to her husband, Hashimoto is survived by two sons and a sister. ************************************************
Frances Hashimoto, one of Little Tokyo's most influential business leaders who fought to preserve the neighborhood's Japanese cultural traditions and who invented the popular fusion dessert known as mochi ice cream, died of lung cancer Sunday at her Pasadena home. She was 69.

Hashimoto was the feisty, visionary president of Mikawaya, the 102-year-old, three-generation family business selling traditional Japanese sweet pastries and snacks. At the urging of her widowed mother, she left teaching and took over the family business at age 27, vastly expanding its reach from a single shop in Little Tokyo to four retail stores in Southern California.

Joel L. Friedman and Frances Hashimoto Marriage Date: Jan 22, 1972 Marriage Location: Los Angeles County, CA. First Name: Frances Hashimoto Gender: Female Birth Date: 1944 Age: 28 Spouse First Name: Joel L. Friedman Spouse Gender: Male Spouse Birth Date: 1948 Spouse Age: 24 Record Type: Marriage Record.

Created by: Marc J. Daniluke
Record added: Nov 13, 2012
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Frances Hashimoto
Added by: Marc J. Daniluke
Frances Hashimoto
Added by: Marc J. Daniluke
Frances Hashimoto
Added by: Marc J. Daniluke
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