I always encounter Ramune in anime, japanese drama, and a lot of online Japanese product shopping sites. Presented as a symbol of Japanese summers, I had no idea what it was, other than it was a drink.
After seeing it in action, yet again in the Japanese drama Long Vacation (fine, I admit it. It was all because of Kimura Takuya), I made a conscious decision to find more info about this mysterious drink.
According to Wikipedia, Ramune (the Japanese phonetic pronounciation of Lemonade) is a lemon-lime softdrink that has been enjoyed in Japan since the 1800s. Packed in an unconventionally shaped bottle with a pinched neck, Ramune is sealed with a glass marble pushed to the surface by carbon dioxide. The glass marble bobbing around in the bottle piqued my interest; claims that the bottle started kids playing marbles in Japan made me even more curious. At this point, I made a conscious effort to seek out Ramune in my local groceries.
Sure enough, a trip to the Japanese grocery yielded Ramune. The price made me put off buying though, I always figured I could buy it the next time I was there. Or so I thought, until my first visit to Hatchin compelled me to buy…
HELLO KITTY RAMUNE!!!
Yes, the ubiquitous kitty cat has once again infiltrated the grocery, this time as a sassy soda. Drinking it wasn’t as easy as I thought. I had to ask for help from someone with a bit more strength to pop the marble. Because the first bottle was such an interesting experience for me (my boyfriend and I couldn’t stop talking about the drink and the bottle design), I decided to document my next bottle.
Beginning with Step 1: