While companies around the world have made all sorts of different versions of cola, the distinctive taste remains unchanged. So where exactly does the tart, sweet taste of your favorite soda come from? Thanks to a recent visit to a cola producer, a writer on Daily Portal Z found out more about the soft drink and shared his discovery with Japanese netizens, who were somewhat surprised at cola’s humble (and druggy) beginnings, but were left wondering about Coke’s secret recipe.
Coca Cola’s newest soda “Hot Ginger Ale” hit Japanese vending machines on October 21 and we have an official RocketNews24 tasting review for anyone not daring enough to take on the hot, fizzy drink. So before you shell out 120 yen (US$1.20), take a look at what our expert vending machine beverage team has to say.
Mmmm, a frosty cold glass bottle of Coca Cola on a summer’s day. The cool, solid feeling of the glass as you raise it to your lips, the satisfying heft of the bottle in your hand. What could be better? A plastic bottle? I don’t think so.
A special limited edition glass bottle is now available in Japan in select supermarkets. The announcement was posted up on Coca-Cola Japan’s Facebook page on 24 July, along with the above picture. Other than on Facebook, the glass bottles weren’t especially publicized or promoted. However, they soon gained more than 10,000 likes. Why do people in Japan seem to crave Coke in a glass bottle so much?
Experience Feudal Japan with the Game of Life and Ayataka Tea (brought to you by Coca Cola of course)
- Master Blaster
Jul 25, 2013
Kamibayashi Harumatsu is a tea store with a rich history spanning nearly six centuries. Wouldn’t it be cool to see how the country has changed over such a span of time right up to Japan as we know it?
Well, now you can! Thanks to Coca-Cola, we can follow the entire history of this tea maker from the outbreak of the Sengoku (Warring States) Period in the 1560s right up to presumably 2007. This would be when Coca-Cola joined forces with Kamibayashi Harumatsu to release their popular brand of bottled green tea, Ayataka.
And what better way to retell the story then by playing it as the Game of Life (Jinsei No Gemu in Japan)!? This game’s so popular in Japan, an entire island became it!
Our reporter was strolling through Ginza one afternoon and found herself in an Okinawa specialty goods store. As she was browsing through the aisles, she couldn’t help but notice a brightly colored can of Coca Cola with a red shisa (lion dog) printed on the front. Upon further inspection of the can, she realized that she had stumbled upon Okinawa Coca Cola, made with the waters of Okinawa. How would this special Coke taste? She just had to buy one and find out.
Imagine you want to ask that girl or guy of your dreams out this holiday season, but maybe you’re too shy to do it out right. You could send a text or e-mail, but that’s kind of lame and bland.
Go figure: the megacorporation Coca Cola is here to provide you with a sweet, intimate, and memorable way to tell people how you feel.
It works kind of like a sugary time bomb of love. All you need is a plastic bottle of coke and a marker.
- Michelle Lynn Dinh
Oct 5, 2012
You might remember Japanese design company, Nendo, from their Starbucks Journey pop-up store in Harajuku.
Nendo is at it again, this time collaborating with Coca Cola to bring Coke fans everywhere a unique set of tableware. Made exclusively of Coca Cola’s signature green-tinted glass bottle, “Coca-Cola Bottleware” will be available starting on October 31st.
Nothing quenches yours thirst on a hot summer day like a chilled can of cola. Some people, eager to make their cold beverage even more refreshing, may think of leaving a can in the freezer for a few hours.
This is exactly what one boy in China did, leaving with him with 38 stitches after the frozen can exploded in his face the moment he opened it.
Coca-Cola is probably the most popular brand name beverage on Earth, and as a result it pops up seemingly everywhere you go. A fun side effect of this level of popularity is to see the metamorphoses the product goes through as it crosses borders around the world.
Our correspondent has traveled to the birthplace of the Arab Spring end unearthed such a treasure. Behold the Tunisian can of Coca-Cola Zero (the calorie-free version of Coke).
Apr 4, 2012
In 2010, Coca-Cola pulled off perhaps the most amazing viral marketing stunt ever when they “rigged” a vending machine in the common room of St. John’s University in New York to literally hand out goodies like flowers, pizza and even a six-foot sub to students as they reached down for their coke.
Since then, a number of “Coca-Cola Happiness Machines” have come and gone around the world, but we here in Japan are still waiting our turn for a happiness free-for-all (you think we’d have had several buy now, given all the vending machines in this country).
It seems that time has finally come: Coca-Cola Japan unveiled its brand new “Interactive Happiness Machine” on Tuesday, the first of which is currently on display at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport International Terminal 1.
Yet while this vending machine shares the same name, we’re not quite sure it’s dispensing the same kind of happiness the viral videos had led us to hope for.
- Master Blaster
Mar 12, 2012
Thanks to the proliferation of the internet we can see countless images in an instant with the click of a mouse. Most of the pictures available online, however, are of cats with misspelled captions or people confusing Joseph Kony with Carl Weathers.
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