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The History of Ramune

The History of Ramune

1809: Development of cucumber bottles (UK)

Development of cucumber bottle
William Hamilton of England has developed a "cucumber bottle".
It was devised to tie it from the top of the cork with a wire or string, and lay it on its side to keep the cork moist so that the cork would not dry and shrink and the carbonic acid would not escape.

1843: The originator of the Ramune bottle is born!

The originator of the Ramune bottle is born!
A ramune bottle with a ball was born in England.
Hyrum Gott of England invented a manufacturing method of plugging with marbles, and it became very popular mainly in Europe.
Even now, ramune bottles are sometimes excavated from the ruins of aristocratic castles at that time.

1853: Ramune came with the black ships!

Ramune came with Kurofune!
Ramune was introduced to Japan in 1853 when Admiral Perry arrived in Uraga on a black ship. It is said that he started by entertaining the officials of the shogunate with the "carbonated lemonade" that was loaded on the ship.
At that point, when he opened the stopper, everyon heard a loud popping sound, and a stream of bubbles came out.
This episode where the officials were startled and grabbed their swords is a unique remainder of the opening of the country.
The name Ramune is said to be a skewing of the word "lemonade".
Also, at that time, it was in a cucumber bottle with a cork stopper tied with a wire.

1860: Sold to foreigners in Nagasaki

A British ship brought ramune (carbonated lemonade) to Nagasaki, and it was subsequently sold to foreigners in Nagasaki.

1865: Original manufacturer in Japan! However…

Manufacturer in Japan!However…
It is said that in 1865 (the first year of Keio), Hanbei Fujise of Nagasaki sold lemonade under the name "Lemon water".
However, the name "lemon water" did not spread, and the name "ramune" became popular after that.

1872: Ramune Day (5/4) Ramune production flourishes in cucumber bottles

Ramune day
In 1872 (Meiji 5), on 5/4, Katsugoro Chiba of Tokyo began the commercial manufacture and sale of "Ramune".
From there on, 5/4 is "Ramune Day".
"Ramune" is also used as a haiku season word.

1887: Imported ramune bottle with balls from England

Imported ramune bottles with balls from England
In 1887 (Meiji 20), Japan began to import ramune bottles with a ball cork from England.

1892: Domestic production of ramune bottle with handsel

Domestically produced ramune bottle with balls
As the Tokunaga Glass Company in Osaka succeeded in manufacturing Ramune bottles, cucumber bottles became obsolete and Ramune bottles with ball corks became very popular.
It seems that the British who exported the bottles were surprised at the goodness of the domestic bottles that had been uniquely improved.

1892: Birth of the Crown (USA)

Bottle caps were born in the United States, and bottles with ball corks were obsolete in the West.

1903: Domestic production of crown

Domestic production of the crown
In 1900, Japan began importing bottle caps from England, and in 1903 (Meiji 36), the caps were domestically produced.

1904: Cider with crown appears

Introducing a cider with a crown
Since the spread of cider, only Japan and India still use the ramune bottle, which uses a ball cork as a sealing method.
With the advent of cider using a cap, the one with a cap is called a cider, and the one with a ball is called a ramune.

1953: Ramune production peaks

In 1953 (Showa 28), the production of ramune accounted for more than 60% of carbonated drinks.

1989: Domestic production of all-glass ramune containers is discontinued

After the discontinuation, it was outsourced to a glass company in Taiwan, but this was also discontinued in 1996 and is no longer in production.


Now, with the advent of the local cider and local ramune boom, it is drawing attention again.
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