Yawataya Isogoro Togarashi Set

Traditional Japanese spice assortment

It's something of an unsung hero outside Japan, especially when compared to soy sauce or wasabi, but in Japan, you find it among the condiments of most soba or udon noodle restaurants, and there are even people who sprinkle it on their yakitori skewers, tempura, or even plain rice for an instant flavor boost: its name is shichimi togarashi, a mix of spices with the most prevalent being chili pepper (the "togarashi" part) and sansho (Japanese pepper), and it's proof that Japanese cuisine can be spicy if it (or you) wants to. And in the Yawataya Isogoro Togarashi Set, you can try it at its best – and with a couple of twists!

Made, packed, and dispatched from Yawataya Isogoro, a manufacturer in Nagano Prefecture that has been making togarashi since the early 18th century, the set contains Yawataya Isogoro's very best shichimi togarashi in its characteristic blue and yellow 14 g (0.5 oz) can you find in restaurants all over Japan, a refill 8 g (0.3 oz) packet of the same, and two more: Baisen Ichimi (just sansho pepper) and Yuzu Shichimi for a different, citrus-y flavor. And for an even more traditional touch, the set comes with a gourd-shaped container, just like those used 200 years ago!

Specs and Features:

  • Contains 1 can, 3 packets, 1 gourd-shaped container
  • Shichimi Togarashi: 14 g (0.5 oz)
  • Shichimi Togarashi: 8 g (0.3 oz)
  • Baisen Ichimi: 8 g (0.3 oz)
  • Yuzu Shichimi: 8 g (0.3 oz)
  • Box dimensions: approx. 19.8 x 6.2 x 18.9 cm (8.3 x 2 x 7.5")
  • Made by Nagano spice maker Yawataya Isogoro (est. 1736)
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US$ 52