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Tomomasu Drink Co La France Pear Frula

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Think sum­mer in Japan, and an image of ramune being con­sumed at warm fest­iv­al days and nights comes to mind. Almost every anime series set in sum­mer has a scene show­ing a cicada on a tree and the char­ac­ters with a bottle of ramune in the sizz­ling sum­mer heat. Ramune is a car­bon­ated soft drink, ori­gin­ally fla­voured lem­on-lime, widely known for its dis­tinct­ive glass bottle that’s sealed with a marble. The name ‘ramune’ is the word ‘lem­on­ade’ trans­lit­er­ated into Japanese.

This is Tomomasu Drink Co La France Pear Frula, ramune fla­voured with La France pear, a pop­u­lar vari­ety of pear ori­gin­at­ing in France and cul­tiv­ated in Japan in Yamagata Prefecture. Yamagata is known as the Kingdom of Fruits, and La France is praised as the Queen of the Fruits in the Kingdom. Here, the dis­tinct­ive fra­grance and fla­vour of La France pears comes through brightly in both the smell and taste, remind­ing one of sweet and juicy ripe pears. The bever­age is col­our­less and just the right sweet­ness.

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The deli­cious pear fla­vour is very refresh­ing as a res­ult of the increased car­bon­a­tion of ramune in Codd-neck bottles. According to Wikipedia:

The Codd-neck bottle was designed and man­u­fac­tured to enclose a marble and a rub­ber washer/​gasket in the neck. The bottles are filled upside down, and pres­sure of the gas in the bottle forced the marble against the wash­er, seal­ing in the car­bon­a­tion. The bottle was pinched into a spe­cial shape to provide a cham­ber into which the marble was pushed to open the bottle. This pre­ven­ted the marble from block­ing the neck as the drink was poured.

Each ramune bottle comes with a device to push the marble inward. The increased car­bon­a­tion cre­ates tini­er bubbles than soft drinks in ordin­ary glass bottles, PET bottles or cans, and indeed makes it a much more refresh­ing and thirst-quench­ing bever­age. We’ve tried ramune in a PET bottle before and it just doesn’t taste the same! Although that might be because it wasn’t ice cold.

Now we need to find La France Pear Frula when we return to Japan so we can drink more of it.

This bottle of Tomomasu Drink Co La France Pear Frula con­tained 200 ml. It was bottled in Japan, and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2016.