Yawataya Isogoro’s Famous Shichimi Togarashi Spice Mix
I live in Niigata next to Nagano Prefecture, so some groceries in my city stock and sell specialties of Nagano, and in fact, the other day when I went shopping at a supermarket near my house, I found that kind of product from Nagano.
Specifically, when I was looking for a canned Shichimi Togarashi (traditional Japanese seven-spice blend of ground red chili pepper and other 6 aromatic spices) in the seasoning and condiment section, I found refill bags for a famous Shichimi Togarashi from Nagano.
Since I had an empty Shichimi Togarashi tin can for the refill bag at home, I decided to buy that.
Shichimi Togarashi Seven-Spice Blend from Yawataya Isogoro in Nagano
In the photo, the Shichimi Togarashi can I have at home and the refill bag I bought this time are both from “Yawataya Isogoro (八幡屋礒五郎)”. As I wrote in this article, Yawataya Isogoro is a long-established spice shop located in the city of Nagano and is famous nationwide for its Shichimi Togarashi spice mix.
The Shichimi Togarashi specialty shop, Yawataya Isogoro originated from a merchant named “Kanemon (勘右衛門)”, who began selling the 7 spice blend in the precincts of Zenkoji in 1736. “Zenkoji (善光寺)” is a nationally famous Buddhist temple in the city Nagano, by the way.
The Shichimi Togarashi spice blended and sold by Yawataya Isogoro is slightly spicier and more aromatic than other famous Shichimi Togarashi mixes and is characterized by a pronounced taste of ginger.
7 Ingredients (Spices)
According to the ingredient list on the back of the refill bag, the 7 spices used in the Shichimi Togarashi blended by Yawataya Isogoro are as follows.
- Red chili pepper
- Sansho pepper
- Shiso (Perilla)
- Sesame seeds
- Chinpi (陳皮: dried citrus peels)
- Hemp seeds
Shichimi Togarashi Tin Can
The Yawataya Isogoro’s Shichimi Togarashi tin can that I have used for a long time at home consists of 2 parts, a can body and a removable lid. Each has a small hole from which the seven-spice blend inside is sprinkled over food. If you are interested in how to use Shichimi Togarashi, this article will help, by the way.
Shop Information: Yawataya Isogoro (八幡屋礒五郎)
Address: 83 Daimon-Cho, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture (MAP)
Open: 9:00 am to 18: 00 pm
Open throughout the week
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 八幡屋磯五郎 )