My friend Samya w/her first bottle of Ramune
As a child in Japan, I would look forward to drinking Ramune at the Obon Festivals every Summer. Ramune is a sweet carbonated drink from Japan that comes in a Codd-neck bottle. Named after its inventor, Hiram Codd, a Codd-neck bottle is a distinct shaped glass bottle that is sealed on top with a glass marble. What holds the marble in place is the carbon dioxide pressure of the drink inside of the bottle. Ramune is a staple in Japan, but now readily available in the United States at Japanese grocery stores and restaurants. Although I am not a big soda drinker, I always love sharing in the excitement of Ramune soda with a first time Ramune drinker. At first, it can take some getting used to drinking out of the shapely glass bottle with a marble rolling around inside, but after a short while, you too can become a Ramune aficionado. Next time you are having some friends over at the house, skip the tradtional soda pop in the fridge and have some Ramune in stock for a completely new and fun experience. Just make sure to recycle the bottles afterwards.
Purchase your Ramune from a local asian grocery store. If there isn't one located near you, you can purchase Ramune online here.