July 26, 2007

Ramune - Japanese version of Lemonade

Traditional drink for hot summer in Japan is the ramune (ラムネ). Ramune is a very popular drink in Japan which taste something like lemonade, but not quite. Though what's particularly interesting about this product is the bottle and how you open it. Instead of a bottle cap this fizzy drink is sealed with a glass marble stuck inside the bottle. To open the bottle, a device to push the marble inward is provided with the bottle. The marble is pushed inside the neck of the bottle where it rattles around while drinking. Two little glass nodes inside the bottle allow the drinker to hook the marble in place while drinking.

According to some sources, marble playing in Japan began when children started removing the marbles from the Ramune bottles in order to play marble games shortly after the introduction of the bottles in 1876. Ramune was a popular drink in the Japanese Imperial Navy before World War II and this aided its civilian popularity in Japan.

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