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> Why do Japanese people hate root beer?
starlagurl
post Mar 3 2009, 03:12 PM
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Apparently you can't get root beer in Japan.

Why is that? Why don't Japanese people like it?

They have stuff to drink called "Pocari Sweat" and tea with tapioca in it etc. etc. but no rootbeer?

What gives?

Maybe we can gain some insight with this hilarious video:
http://www.mikesblender.com/indexblog202.htm




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post Mar 3 2009, 10:47 PM
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I'm part Japanese & I love root beer. As for Japan, there may just not be a huge demand for it. Just like in the US & Canada, it's hard to find honey dew melon chewing gum, which the Japanese just love.


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post Mar 4 2009, 04:12 AM
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I don't even know what root beer is!!
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post Mar 4 2009, 05:18 AM
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QUOTE(sianeth @ Mar 4 2009, 09:12 AM) *

I don't even know what root beer is!!


Me either blink.gif


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post Mar 4 2009, 10:16 AM
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What?! It's delicious is what it is.

A&W ring a bell? Yes, no?


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post Mar 4 2009, 07:25 PM
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So one can't find root beer in the UK either. So it's not just Japan. I wonder if root beer is confined only to North America or exported under a different name. How about "sasparilla"? They are somehow related. Now this would be something to research.


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post Mar 4 2009, 09:19 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Mar 4 2009, 11:16 AM) *

What?! It's delicious is what it is.

A&W ring a bell? Yes, no?

"Let's all go to A&W.... Food's more fun at A&W..."

Just follow the Root Bear!

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post Mar 5 2009, 02:26 AM
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QUOTE(sianeth @ Mar 4 2009, 05:12 AM) *

I don't even know what root beer is!!



QUOTE(rbisset @ Mar 4 2009, 06:18 AM) *


Me either blink.gif



Unbelievable! I can't even imagine.

Makes me shudder to think what we must be missing over here!


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post Mar 5 2009, 05:03 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Mar 4 2009, 03:16 PM) *

What?! It's delicious is what it is.

A&W ring a bell? Yes, no?


Nope


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QUOTE(rbisset @ Mar 5 2009, 06:03 AM) *

QUOTE(starlagurl @ Mar 4 2009, 03:16 PM) *

What?! It's delicious is what it is.

A&W ring a bell? Yes, no?


Nope


Mr Allen and Mr Wright must be rollin' in their graves....
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WHAT? That's crazy! Didn't know Root Beer wasn't that known. For anyone visiting, you MUST try it. It has NOTHING to do with actual beer by the way lol.

"Root beer is a predominantly North American beverage, constituting about 3% of the American soft drink market." - interesting


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Well I've obviously heard the term root beer thrown around on US tv but have no idea what is is or what it tastes like. Doesn't sound too appealing to be honest.


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post Mar 5 2009, 09:52 AM
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But.... what is it??! I still don't know. Is it like ginger beer, or is that different? To be frank, I don't really know what that is either.
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post Mar 5 2009, 08:59 PM
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You can get Dr. Pepper here though - is that like root beer? I don't think I've ever had it and I've never seen it in the UK either.


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post Mar 5 2009, 09:50 PM
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How do you describe a flavour?

It's soda pop, so you know it's sweet and yummy, beyond that, I guess try it if you get the chance. Don't have it much truth told. It's not the best mix.


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post Mar 6 2009, 02:20 AM
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QUOTE(sianeth @ Mar 5 2009, 09:52 AM) *

But.... what is it??! I still don't know. Is it like ginger beer, or is that different? To be frank, I don't really know what that is either.


Yes, it is like ginger beer. It was originally made from roots, bark, & berries of different wild herbs. During America's colonial period it was made with alcohol, which is why they call it "beer", but then it was carbonated without alcohol by the late 19th century. Today it's mostly made of artificial flavours & coloring. It tastes like Coca-Cola with a hint of licorice or anise.


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post Mar 6 2009, 05:06 AM
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Ooh aniseed... that sounds lovely. I love amaretto and coke, now that tastes like cherry coke.
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I had a drink in Sweden that was 1/2 pint coke, 1/2 pint beer and a shot of amaretto. That was a bit weird and tasted like Dr Pepper/Cherry Coke!


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Is Dr Pepper very popular? Everyone seems to know what that is.


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It used to be... not any more though. I don't think I've actually ever had that either to be honest.
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