Jan 2, 2010
This is a macro of the marble that is found in Ramune (there is an accent over the e), a carbonated beverage from Japan. The marble doesn't seem to block the flow of liquid, nor does it come out, unless you break the bottle. The bottle has indentations that look like eyes and the marble settles between them like a nose. I was told that it tastes something like sprite. Wikipedia has a brief article about it here.
I also found while researching the product that people collect the marbles and one woman was selling jewelry made from the marbles on line. The drink is available in the US at Japanese restaurants and grocery stores. I was introduced to the drink at Kubo's - a sushi cafe on Corporate between Bellaire Blvd. and Harwin. Mrs. Foster, who is Japanese, recommends Kubo's because the food is authentic, cheap, and delicious. I am a fan now, too.