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A lemonade ramune bottle
Type Soft drink
Manufacturer Shirakiku, Sangaria
Distributor Nishimoto Trading Co., Ltd., Sangaria U.S.A., Inc.
Country of origin Japan
Introduced 1872
Discontinued N/A
Color clear
Flavor Original (which has a lemon-lime flavor), Banana, Blueberry, Blue Hawaii, Bubble Gum, Champagne, Cherry, Cola, Cream Stew, Curry, Disco Dance, Grape, Green Apple,ika-sumi, Kiwi, Lemonade, Lychee, Mango, Melon, Muscat, Octopus, Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Raspberry, Strawberry, Teriyaki, Wasabi (available at Tokyu Hands), Watermelon, & Yuzu

Ramune (ラムネ?) (Japanese pronunciation: [ɾamɯne]) is a carbonated soft drink originally created and sold in Japan which was introduced in Kobe by Alexander Cameron Sim. The name is derived from the English word lemonade transliterated into Japanese.[1] These and similar drinks are sometimes referred to as サイダー "cider".[2]


The Codd-neck marble lock in the neck of the bottle

Ramune is widely known for the distinctive design of its bottle, often called Codd-neck bottles after the inventor, Hiram Codd. They are made of glass and sealed with a marble; the codd head is held in place by the pressure of the carbonation in the drink. To open the bottle, a device to push the marble inward is provided. The marble is pushed inside the neck of the bottle where it rattles around while drinking. Therefore, the drinks are sometimes called "marble soda" outside Japan.[3] While the Codd-neck bottle was once commonly used for carbonated drinks, today Ramune is one of its very few users.

People trying Ramune for the first time sometimes find it difficult to drink, as it takes practice to learn to stop the marble from blocking the flow. In one version of the bottle introduced in 2006, little slots were added to the cap where the marble was originally held. This prevented the flow from obstruction if the marble falls back into the cap. Ramune is also available in plastic PET bottles and cans.

Ramune is one of the modern symbols of summer in Japan and is widely consumed during warm festival days and nights. Empty bottles are usually collected for recycling at stalls where it is sold.


The original ramune flavor is lemon-lime. Including Original, there have been at least 37 flavors of ramune: Banana, Blueberry, Blue Hawaii, Bubble, Bubble Gum, Candy, Champagne, Cherry, Chili oil, Chocolate, Coconut, Cola, Corn Potage, Cream Stew, Curry, Disco Dance, Flaming, Ginseng, Grape, Green Apple, Green Tea, Kimchi, Kiwi, Lemonade, Lychee, Mango, Melon, Muscat, Mystery, Octopus, Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Pomelo, Raspberry, Root Beer, Sour, Strawberry, Sweet, Takoyaki (sauce), Teriyaki, Vanilla, Wasabi, Watermelon, and Yuzu.

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