Mishima Furikake Flavors: Kaori, Akari, Umeko, Hiroshi
Mishima Foods is a Hiroshima-based food company known for its Shiso Furikake Yukari (ゆかり).
The perilla rice seasoning debuted in 1970 and afterward gained tremendous popularity. And now, it has become a staple in many households in my country.
Nowadays, the Yukari Furikake is also available on online marketplaces outside of Japan and gaining recognition,
but it seems many buyers overseas don’t know the rice seasoning has siblings, Kaori (かおり), Akari (あかり), Umeko (うめこ), and Hiroshi (ひろし).
Mishima Furikake Rice Seasoning Flavors
Yukari, Kaori, Akari, Umeko, and Hiroshi are all used in Japanese people’s names, and the ones other than Hiroshi are for females.
The maker released the Aojiso (青じそ: green perilla) Furikake Kaori in 1984, and in 2010, the spicy Tarako (たらこ: cod roe) Furikake Akari went on the market.
Kaori Furikake with salted aromatic Aojiso flakes
The above Kaori and below Akari seasonings are known as the younger sisters of Yukari.
Akari Furikake with spicy Tarako roe
But later, Mishima Foods additionally added the Kari Kari Ume Furikake Umeko (in 2020) and the Aona (青菜: leafy greens) Furikake Hiroshi (in 2021) to their Furikake lineup.
Umeko Furikake with salty-sour Kari Kari Ume plums
Although Umeko and Hiroshi are, to be exact, Maze-Gohan no Moto or Mazekomi Furikake, these five flavors are all reasonably priced at 100 yen (tax excluded).
Hiroshi Furikake with salted flavorful Aona greens
Each is tasty with a unique Japanese taste and worth trying if you like Yukari, but if I had to choose, my recommendation would be Akari and Hiroshi.
For your information, here are the ingredients and nutrition facts labels of the Mishima Furikake 4 flavors, Kaori, Akari, Umeko, and Hiroshi.
Mishima Kaori Furikake
The main ingredients are salted green perilla, salt, sugar, and maltose.
Mishima Akari Furikake
The main ingredients are salted cod roe, Mentaiko flavoring, sugar, and Togarashi chili pepper powder.
Mishima Umeko Furikake
The main ingredients are salted Ume plum, sugar, and dextrose.
Mishima Hiroshi Furikake
The main ingredients are salted Hiroshimana (a specialty Aona of Hiroshima), salt, and sugar.