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10 Things You Didn't Know About RAMUNE ラムネ (Japanese Marble Soda)

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Published on Aug 29, 2015

★ 10 Things You Didn’t Know About NATTO: https://youtu.be/Hyuyk7GJgd8
★ 10 Things You Didn't Know About RAMEN: https://youtu.be/p4TEixig6Vw
★ 5 WEIRD Japanese Food Trends on Social Media: https://youtu.be/ozp9SjNJa0c
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10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT RAMUNE ラムネ (JAPANESE MARBLE SODA)

Ramune is a popular carbonated soft drink from Japan - one of the modern symbols of the Japanese summer.

Some people call it the most complicated soft drink in the world, but it’s really quite simple. The drink is pressure sealed with a marble from the inside, and you have this 'pushy device' that you push inside the neck to dislodge the marble.

1) RAMUNE WAS INVENTED BY A SCOT

In 1884 during the Meiji period, this Scottish dude, Alexander Cameron Sim, had his own Pharmaceutical company in Kobe. Apparently it was a trend amongst pharmacists to invent their own drink concoctions. Some were hits, some were misses. Sim's drink - named Mabu soda at the time, mabu meaning marble - was a massive hit. Eventually the name was changed to Ramune and the drink was sold nationwide. Ramune is an epic Japanese drink, so it’s no surprise Sim has his very own monument in Kobe.

2) RAMUNE WAS JAPAN'S FIRST EVER SOFT DRINK

We’re talking about the first mainstream commercialised soft drink in Japan. It wasn’t Coke. It wasn’t Ginger Ale. It was Ramune.

3) RAMUNE IS HEALTHIER THAN COKE

One reason Ramune has been growing in popularity is cause of the lower calorie and carbohydrate count. Although these levels can differ depending on the Ramune flavour. People trying to lose weight sometimes drink Ramune as a substitute for Coke or for any other regular soft drink.

4) PEOPLE INITIALLY THOUGHT RAMUNE DRINKS WERE BOMBS

Back in the 1850s, Matthew C. Perry, a Commodore of the United States Navy (who played a leading role in the opening of Japan to the West), brought carbonated sodas over to Japan. Perry and co. presented these special beverages as gifts.

A Johnny Knoxville type crew member thought it would be a funny idea to shake up some of the fizzy sodas before offering them to the Japanese. After it exploded in their faces, many thought they were bombs! It almost started a war.

Later on, when commercial Ramune was released to the public, many people were suspicious of this foreign mystery drink that may or may not explode in your face like a bomb. Not to mention carbonation was unheard of.

5) RAMUNE USED TO BE UNPOPULAR

It wasn’t called Ramune at the beginning. It was called ‘Remon Sui’ which directly translates to lemon water.

Eventually the name was changed to Remoneedo, which is the straight Japanese pronunciation of the word ‘lemonade’. And later on shortened to just Ramune. The drink then became a massive hit.

6) RAMUNE WAS ORIGINALLY MARKETED AS A PREVENTION FOR CHOLERA

This is bullcrap, but along with the Ramune name change, this bit of false marketing helped its popularity.

7) THERE ARE OVER 36 FLAVOURS OF RAMUNE

Ramune is super popular, but after the influx of newer soft drinks into the marketplace, like Coke, Fanta, Sprite, etc; the Ramune higher ups felt they needed to spice things up.

There are fruit flavours like banana, blueberry, grape, orange, green apple, kiwi, peach, pineapple, plum, cherry, coconut, mango, melon, pomelo, watermelon, raspberry, strawberry and lychee. Then there’s vanilla, chocolate, candy, root beer and coke flavours.

More WTF ones include champagne, bubble gum, green tea, chill oil, brussels sprout, corn cream stew (soup), teriyaki, curry, octopus, takoyaki, kimchi, squid ink and wasabi.

8) RAMUNE WITHOUT THE MARBLE ISN'T RAMUNE

Apparently Ramune is only Ramune if it comes in that uniquely shaped bottle (called a codd-neck bottle) with the marble in it.

9) YOU CAN MAKE RAMUNE AT HOME

*watch vid for instructions*

10) RAMUNE USED TO BE THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS SOFT DRINK

Kids wanted the marble, and were willing to break the glass bottle to get it. Nowadays bottles are unbreakable and kiddy-proof so are no longer dangerous.

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