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Kitty Kanagawa is a contributing writer from New York City. Born in Osaka, Japan and raised in Los Angeles her love for Asian desserts knows no ends.
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reviews restaurants asian chopstix houston chinatown food foodie online magazine Hajimemashite. Oaidekite ureshii desu!!! Mmmmmmmm.

If you've been paying attention to this column, you might have been hinted on a really awesome drink. ::gives you two-and-a-half seconds to think:: Yes!!! That's right! Today's article is dedicated to ramune soda! ^_^

What makes this soda so cool? The twisty bottle cap! Ramune soda is made of highly intense carbination sealed by marble. Half the fun is opening the bottle itself! With its wacky cap design, a simple twist will send the marble tumbling down into the soda. Think of it as shaking a bottle of coke, watching the bubbles flow, but without the mess! Cho kakkoii!!!

(The sound the marble cap makes when it hits the carbonation: SSSSssssssssssssss)

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Not only is ramune soda fun to pop, but it's also delicious to drink. How delicious?! Think of a fruit, any fruit! Apples, blueberry, kiwi, lime, apricot, lychee, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, orange, mango, plum, banana, papaya, pineapple, cherry, watermelon, guava, grapefruit, lemon, honeydew, tangerine, pears, boysenberry, cranberry, pomegranate, blackberry, grapes, yuzu...huff puff...huff puff...there's a flavor for them all!

But there's more than just fruit flavors...where's the fun in that? Ramune soda also have their own unique weirdness. Junbi shiteru? Ichini tsuite...youi...don!

Dare to try out wasabi-flavored ramune...I did! Not as hair-raising as you might expect...which is a disappointment. Sweet Ramune takes sweetness to a whole 'nother level, but where's the fun in obvious titles when you can choose the mysterious mystery-flavor?! Some say it tastes like curry (nande kuso?!), others believe it's black jelly with some agar, but me? The darling adventuress believes it tinges a little like iced tea! Try out other special flavors including octopus balls, eggplant, kimchi, Hello Kitty, onion, cooking oil (yes! I said cooking oil!) and the strange choice called "tasteless". ^_^ I...don'tknoweitherhahahaha!

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Ramune soda is the name of the brand itself, but never underestimate the power of imitators! Wakarimasu ka? Mmmmmmm. These days, Ramune is available everywhere in the U.S., many part of Canada, the UK, and even Mexico! Feeling lazy? I do! Just go to Amazon.com and you'll find ramune available in packages straight from the local dealer! But beware of the super-steep prices. Japanese, Korean and Chinese grocery stores frequently carry Ramune soda and in some Japanese and Korean fast-food booths they even carry them right out of the freezer! That's right! These things average $2.50-$4.00 a pop. Expensive, but the price of fun is priceless!

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So who came up with this crazy idea to put marbles in carbonated soda? Can you believe in the 19th century? Whhhhhhhha?! The idea of ramune soda happened as a way to keep the carbonation of drinks before the wide-use of refrigeration. The idea was brought to Japan during the Maiji period by a Scotsman named Alexander Cameron Sim. Sim lived most of his life in Japan and founded the company in the town of Kobe! It was also advertised to prevent an outbreak of cholera, a serious problem at the time in 19th-century Japan. So popular had this soda became, it was soon packaged for...that's right!...kids who loved the different bottles and flavors as a reward for doing their homework! In fact, Japanese children still adore the "alien"-ness of the bottle and given it its unofficial recognition as something extra-terrestrial! Mmmmm.

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Want bonus fun? I collect ramune marbles! But smashing the bottles to get the marbles can get you hurt! Oh no, what to do? They're so irritating just shaking it around and around, urusakute butigireta! You can't pull the cap...I'm not that strong! POUT! What to do? How do we do this without tools...think think, Kanagawa...think! Here's the trick! Pour all the soda out and then tap the side of the lid until there's a dent. Tap it at the same angle a few times and the lid will come slipping out. Needs just a little patience. No violence needed! Hee. ^_^

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So what are you waiting for? Grab a ramune soda and have yourself a blast! Too bad they don't come in bigger sizes, because on bottle can sometimes barely quinch my thirst. That's why you bring a friend and say very sweetly "watashi o tetsdatte kuremaska??!!!" And maybe you can be sweet to me and come back in 15 days when we talk about more Asian Desserts!!!

To all my fans, anatamo genkini site kudasai!!! ^_^ Mmmmm.


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reviews restaurants asian chopstix houston chinatown food foodie online magazine Never tried it, but I am going to have to try one next time I see one, sounds both fun and tasty. =o)
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