‘I’ll have a Japanese soda’, I told the waitress at the sushi restaurant where we ate on Monday. (That’s all the menu said : ‘Japanese soda’). Hello, what’s this? I thought when the bottle with the narrow neck and the blue plastic top fused onto the glass bottle arrived. There is a carbonated marble in the top that you push into the drink when you open it. Wikipedia says Ramune is one of the modern symbols of summer in Japan and is widely consumed during warm festival days and nights. It has been around since 1876.