I've eaten more than my fair share of daifuku and manjyu since I first tried them, but I have to confess, monaka never really topped my list. It's one of those things that you can find in Asian supermarkets in the United States, and it doesn't really suffer from long term packaging like daifuku or manjyu. Therefore, I'm much more likely to eat it in the US than in Japan. After tasting monaka from Kuya, I've decided to give it a second look while I'm here. It's difficult to get monaka from Kuya, though: you have to call a few days in advance. You also have to order at least ten. Fortunately, this phone call isn't a very difficult undertaking: one of the employees speaks English. On top of that, they get orders from foreigners on a fairly regular basis. You can have your order wrapped either for your own consumption or as a souvenir. If you're buying a small present for someone, impress them with an iconic box from Kuya. After all, how many Japanese people would expect you to know that Kuya is the most popular monaka store in Japan? It's regarded by many to be the most delicious as well. I'm going to have to agree with that assessment as well.