5 of Japan’s most bizarre beverages


Japan has a hidden treasure at every corner and its drinks are no different. Source: Shutterstock

QUIRKY is certainly one word you could use to describe Japan.

Japan is the home of ancient traditions such as sumo wrestlers and samurai warriors. It also hosts some of the world’s most magnificent flora during its spring season.

Fashion is innovative, pioneering, and inspiring in Japan. The food is cheap, delicious and healthy, and the landscapes display unrivaled beauty.

Not to mention the anime and manga which has garnered a global cult following.

Through culture, history, and nature you could describe Japan in a thousand different ways.

But for now, let’s focus on another of Japan’s prides – it’s bizarre range of beverages.


The 330ml canned drink will cost around US$1.40. Source: AFP

The new alcoholic beverage Coca-Cola has just released in Japan, its first alcoholic drink ever, is interesting.

Coco-Cola is one of the most recognizable brands in the world and usually associated with a brown sweet stickiness.

However, the global leader in carbonated drinks recently introduced a Chu-Hi drink in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Chu-Hi is an abbreviation for shochu highball, a term used to categorize fruity alcoholic beverages in Japan.

While the rest of the world might remeber them as “alcopops” from the 80s and 90s, they remain popular in Japan, especially among females.

Currently, citrus flavors such as lemon and grapefruit rule the canned Chu-Hi business in Japan and Coca-Cola wants a sip of that market.

Morinaga Pancake Drink

Morinaga Pancake Drink. Source: Pinterest

If you prefer licking the cake mixture off the spoon and bowl instead of actually eating the baked product, then this is for you.

The canned delight is marketed as a sippable pancake mixture and can be dispensed from plenty of vending machines around major cities.

According to those who have tried it, Morinaga has a distinct flapjack taste. Yum!

Wan Wan Sparkling

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Why should the human adults have all the fun when it comes to peculiar drinks?

Wan Wan Sparking is wine for dogs and pet owners go crazy over it. The Japanese are known to be very loving toward their pets and want to make sure they feel like they’re part of the family.

Wan Wan is supposedly Chardonnay-flavored. But since dogs aren’t sommeliers, it’s hard to tell what they think of it.

Black Vinegar

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You’ll need to forget everything you know about juice bars when you visit Japan because vinegar is on the menu.

Japan has reinvented what is normally used to flavor fish and chips or used as a dip for Asian savories.

It’s drunk for its health benefits, including balancing pH levels, improving digestion and boosting energy levels.

Kodomo no nomimono

Following the success of Tomomasu’s Kidsbeer, another Japanese company called Sangria brought out Kodomo no nomimono.

The range includes non-alcoholic champagne, cocktails, and beer, all packaged to mimic real alcohol, especially created for kids.

Oh, they grow up so fast.