Now, I know you Japan pavilion shopping veterans have seen this and been just as curious as I was about it. On the same day I tried my luck with the giant gummy bear, I just had to sample the drink with the marble — Japan’s “Ramune.”
This bubbly, carbonated soda comes in several flavors (including octopus), but the best (and admittedly most confusing) part of it is that awesome marble. The instructions are clear enough, but I just knew I was going to lose a finger in the whole thing.
I finally got my husband to come over and pop the marble into the soda. Kind of anti-climactic, but at least I could get the full experience! Once you push the marble into the bottle, it’s caught in the oddly shaped neck of the bottle and rattles around while you drink. Fun? Maybe. But at least it’s interesting. I mean — it’s interactive! You can’t say that about your pepsi, now can you?
Anyway — the real story is the taste. I wasn’t expecting to like this drink at all (I’m not a fan of melon, but I bought that flavor thinking it would show the marble the best), but it was delicious!! Seriously — I loved it! In fact, I ended up carting home a bottle from our December trip just so I could enjoy it later. While I haven’t tried any of the other flavors, I can highly recommend this one. By the way — the “original” flavor is lemon-lime.
Has anyone else tried Ramune? Tell us what you thought in the comments section below!