Togarashi, also known as Japanese chili pepper, is the Japanese term for the Capsicum genus of peppers, and specifically refers to the species Capsicum annuum. The word togarashi can be translated to mean chili pepper in English. Togarashi is a popular spice in Japanese cuisine, and is used to add heat and flavor to a wide variety of dishes, from soups and stews to noodles, rice dishes, and grilled meats. It can be found in many different forms, including ground, flakes, or whole peppers, and is often used in spice blends. The most famous use of togarashi is in shichimi togarashi (seven spice pepper) which is commonly found in Japanese households and restaurants.