Ichimi Togarashi vs Shichimi Togarashi : What is the difference?

Shichimi Togarashi (七味唐辛子) and Ichimi Togarashi (一味唐辛子) are 2 traditional unique Japanese spices used as condiments, which are often called just Shichimi and Ichimi respectively.

As for the degree of recognition, I think the former spice mix is known better to overseas people because Shichimi Togarashi is an essential condiment for Soba and Udon noodle soups. 

The Difference between Ichimi Togarashi and Shichimi Togarashi

As the name indicates, Ichimi Togarashi is a spice condiment similar to Shichimi Togarashi, but what is the difference in ingredient, taste, and usage between them?


The Japanese word included in both the names, “Togarashi (唐辛子)” means red chili pepper in this case, while “Ichi (一)” and “Shichi (七)” have the meaning of “One” and “Seven” respectively.

Since the rest “Mi (味)” refers to flavors, Ichimi Togarashi has just one flavor, that is, the one that comes from ground red chili pepper. On the other hand, Shichimi Togarashi has 7 flavors and consists of ground red chili pepper and other 6 aromatic spices.

The 6 spices other than its main ingredient red chili pepper varies depending on the maker, but typically Sansho pepper, Orange peel, poppy seeds, hemp seeds, Shiso leaves, green Nori seaweed, black sesame seeds, and ginger are often used.


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Accordingly, Ichimi Togarashi is spicier than Shichimi in general. However the spiciness of red chili pepper differs by the place of production, the producing method and so on, so each Ichimi and Shichimi Togarashi product has a different spicy flavor.

Since, in addition to ground red chili pepper, Shichimi Togarashi contains 6 other aromatic spices, the 7 spice blend is flavorful as compared to Ichimi Togarashi.


Ichimi Togarashi is not too spicy but features being hot and spicy compared to Shichimi Togarashi. Ichimi unexpectedly works well with various dishes from countries around the world, such as pizza, mapo tofu, sauteed vegetables, and curry.

On the other hand, Shichimi Togarashi particularly goes well with foods in Japanese cuisine, like Udon and Soba noodle soups, Tsukemono, Yakitori, Gyudon beef bowl or miso soups.

If you want to know the basic ways of using Shichimi Togarashi in detail, this article will help.

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(Reference pages of this article : Olive Hitomawashi, Wikipedia 七味唐辛子, 一味唐辛子 )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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