Japanese speakers, what is this stuff and where can I find it in the UK??
If you can tell me I will love you forever and possibly send you a packet if I have to bulk-order, because it is the condiment of the gods.
I’m clueless about reading/speaking Japanese… but I did a search by the code on the package and found this. The manufacturer’s mark on the site when not translated is also visible on the package towards the bottom of the lower picture, so it seems likely. http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.naviiz.com%2Fgen_furikake%2Fgoods_529685%2F
Interesting. So it could be… red perilla?
That’s what I’m thinking. I also found listings for red shiso in other searches, not sure if that makes a difference. I did a search to find out what shiso is and saw reference to perilla.
Progress! And a search for “red perilla” brings up some stuff called furikake on Japan Centre.