Ten Even More Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks

3) Placenta Drink

From Kid's Wine to Kid Swine... Ahh, the things women will do to stay young and beautiful for us!

Thank you ladies, really... but there comes a point where bizarre beauty potions intended to make you luscious, just make us nauseous – and Nihon Shokuten's eerie series of placenta products are a prime example.

Made with swine placenta, the drink carries the automotive-sounding name of "Placenta 400000" - perhaps it's made from the ground & pressed extract of 400,000 placentas? Nihon Shokuten's not telling, but their revolting beverage should come pre-packaged with mints because there's nothing worse than placenta-breath in the morning.




2) Eel Soda

Unagi-Nobori soda is no ordinary energy drink, oh no... this terrific tonic is infused with a generous helping of eel extract. If you think there's something fishy about that, you're unfortunately right.

According to Japanese folk tradition, eating eel is reputed to give one extra energy on summer's hottest, most humid days.

These days though, one doesn't always have time for a leisurely lunch of delicious barbecued eel.

No problem – Unagi Nobori bottles essence of eel along with 5 essential vitamins in a carbonated medium. Make my medium small, if you don't mind... and by the way, Unagi Nobori is brought to you by the nice folks at Japan Tobacco, known for "healthy" products with smoky flavors. (via Japan Marketing News)



1) Okkikunare Drinks

Okkikunare is Japanese for “make them bigger”, and do I really have to tell you what “them” refers to? Well, maybe I do - lest guys with macho issues rush to place orders, the applepeach and mangoflavored drinks are quite popular among teenage girls in Japan.

Made by a comapny called Welcia, the special bust-boosting ingredient in Okkikunare drinks is powdered Arrowroot containing the same sort of isoflavones found in soybeans, which are said to “stimulate the female hormone system.”

Seems a little sketchy to me... then again, the drinks are also sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to obesity. Therefore, EVERYTHING gets bigger the more you drink, not just the, umm, apples, peaches and mangos. (via DumpSoda)



And there you have it, Ten Even More Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks. And, in case you were wondering, no Pocari Sweat again this time. Not even the doggie version, “Pet Sweat”. Odd as it sounds, Japan can do much better... or worse, as the case may be. 

So, consider yourself warned, Japan can pack a few surprises for the unwary, thirsty traveler. Be sure to pack some Canned Bottled Water on your next trip there – it's lighter than the Bottled Canned Water and likely has even fewer calories!

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Steve Levenstein

Jul 29, 2008
by Anonymous

Cool drinks

there is this little japanese "Hello Kitty" store in my local mall and they always stock genuine Japanese softdrinks. I usually buy this lime green melon/berry soda buy the case and cant get enough of it. Its all in Japanese so I have no idea what it says I just know it tastes VERy good Ice Cold!


Jul 29, 2008
by Anonymous

Hello Kitty soft drinks

-made with feline placenta-

Jul 29, 2008
by Anonymous

Son Nguyen

Definitely some creative sh*t.

Jul 30, 2008
by Anonymous

I loves my Pocari Sweat

Hey man, don't be dissing on my Pocari Sweat, I love that stuff. There is a Pocari Sweat vending machine right outside my station (Ishikawacho) and I've considered getting a few buddies to toss it in the back of my work van some Friday night.

Jul 30, 2008
by Anonymous

I live in Hong Kong...

and we get lots of weird Japanese stuff here, but I've never seen milk beer, cheese drinks or eel soda. lol

Jul 30, 2008
by Anonymous

If you drink yogurt smoothies...

...what's wrong with drinking cheese? Whey to go, Japan!

Also, although I've never mixed beer and milk, a wine and milk syllabub is one of those old-fashioned drinks you really ought to try. If you warm the milk to cow temperature in the microwave and pour wine in, you get to watch the mixture clabber into funky little bubbly things. (It's better if you add spices and eggs to the milk, or just start out with eggnog. Also, most people like the look of white wine better.)

Aug 1, 2008
by Anonymous


How on earth is this 3rd?!?!?

Its got to be THE most disgusting invention in soft drink marketing as of yet.

Aug 3, 2008
by Anonymous

Exchange student in Japan

It's only eel extract... don't see why it's such a huge deal.

Also, furu-furu shaker is awesome.
My dorm should seriously stock up on it.

Aug 11, 2008
by Anonymous

what th' @#^&???

what th' @#^&???

Aug 12, 2008
by Anonymous

typical Japanese

Actually, some are not popular in Japan. I've never seen before eel, placenta, bilk and needs.
Kid's beer is quite popular. When i and my family go for dinner, my kids order and enjoy it anytime feeling like adult.
Pocari and furufuru-shaker are very popular in Japan. Furufuru (it means "SHAKE" in Japanese) is my favorite. Now grape tastes is for sale too. Try it!

By the way, do you know CALPIS? It sounds like cow-piss,eh? CALPIS is also very popular drink. So the name is not good for foreigner, it is sold as CALPICO in the other country.

Aug 12, 2008
by Steve Levenstein
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Calpis sounds awful but is actually delicious - we can buy it hear in Canada in flavors including natural, strawberry, peach, mango, guava, aloe and lychee. Calpis was covered in my previous (Part 1) post on this topic. Follow the link in the article!

Aug 20, 2008
by Anonymous

Fanta Furufuru

The Fanta shaker is actually delicious, even if the concept is bizarre. The mix of carbonated beverage and gelatin is somehow delicious and I wish that they'd release this drink in other countries outside of Japan.

Sep 22, 2008
by Anonymous


speaking of the name, calpico means fake in greek!

Oct 7, 2008
by Anonymous

woot japan~~~!!

those r some fu**ed up drinks rofl
and yeah people love pocari sweat but all those other sh**s.... damn japanese r fu**ing creative in disgusting way

Jan 29, 2009
by Anonymous

milk stout

Actually, depending on how Bilk is made, it's not weird at all. Lactose is a sugar from milk which when added to the malt during production makes a sweeter beer due to the fact that yeast can't change it into alcohol as it can most sugars. Mackeson's Extra Stout is made this way; google "milk stout" for more info.

Of course, if they just blend it together, then yeah, that's just messed up.