When it comes to carbonated beverages, only a few can rival the unique experience of opening a bottle of Ramune. With its unique bottle design and its fascinating flavors, Ramune has been a globally well-known product. Ramune is one of my favorite sodas and definitely inspired me to start Shonen Soda. But have you ever wondered about the origins of this beloved Japanese beverage? To answer this question, I’ll dive in and explain its history.
Origins in the 19th Century:
Ramune finds its roots in the 19th century during the Meiji period in Japan. It was first introduced by a Scottish-born pharmacist named Alexander Cameron Sim, who relocated to Kobe, Japan. In 1869, Sim invented a carbonation process and created a carbonated lemonade beverage known as "Lemonade Ramune." The name "Ramune" is derived from the English word "lemonade."
The Unique Codd-neck Bottle Design:
One of the most iconic features of Ramune is its distinct Codd-neck bottle design. This unique bottle, invented by Hiram Codd, was used to contain carbonated beverages and was introduced to Japan in the early 20th century. The Codd-neck bottle consists of a marble held in place by the pressure of the carbonation. To open the bottle, a plastic device is provided, which is used to push the marble into the bottle, creating a fizzy splash.
Significance to Japanese people like me:
Ramune has become a significant part of our Japanese culture, especially during festivals and summer events. It is often associated with nostalgia and childhood memories for many Japanese people. It's weird, I can never get rid of that nostalgia and summer feeling from drinking Ramune during my childhood. In addition to its refreshing taste, the act of opening a Ramune bottle with friends and family has become a fun tradition. I remember doing anything we can to try and get that marble out that bottle.
While Ramune is deeply rooted in Japanese culture, its popularity has know expanded globally. In recent years, Ramune has gained a strong international following, thanks to the growing popularity of Japanese cuisine and culture worldwide. Especially in the United States, I think most of my friends know and buy Ramune at Asian grocery stores, and even online platforms offer a wide range of Ramune flavors. I strive Shonen Soda to become a international sensation like Ramune, although, it is probably tough to beat.
Ramune has come a long way since its inception in the late 19th century, evolving into a beloved carbonated beverage globally. Its unique bottle design, diverse flavors, and associations with nostalgia have made Ramune a cherished part of Japanese culture. Without the my childhood with Ramune, Shonen Soda will definitely not be here with us right now.