Blue roses and strong beer

22 Oct

Suntory, the Japanese beverage company, has announced that they have developed the world’s first 青いバラ (blue roses).

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These flowers will begin going on sale in parts of Japan on November 3 for about ¥3000 (US $32.50) per flower.

I’m not really so interested in a special flower…even a “world’s first”.

What does sound appealing to me is Suntory‘s new beer.
The 「ショッキ生エイト」 (“Jyokki-nama Eight“) with 8% alcohol!

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20 Responses to “Blue roses and strong beer”

  1. Tornadoes28 October 22, 2009 at 3:29 am #

    It’s purple. I’ve seen this story before about Japan trying to create a truly blue rose. Apparently genetically, creating a blue rose is extremely difficult. I believe it has technically never been accomplished. They end up being like the one pictured. Purple.

    • tokyo5 October 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

      Yeah, it does look purple…but they call it the “Applause Blue Rose”.

  2. David October 22, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    That beer looks interesting. Is it a proper beer or just another Happoshu?

    • tokyo5 October 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

      This one is a Happoshu.

      Don’t you like happoshu?

      As for me, I like all alcohol! Especially beer…and happoshu taste very similar to beer—so they’re good!

      • David October 23, 2009 at 10:29 am #

        Some Happoshu are OK, but some are terrible.

        I prefer real beer. Perhaps a consequence of 9 years in Germany where beer is not beer unless it’s brewed with hops.

      • tokyo5 October 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

        Actually I usually see hops listed in the ingredients on cans of happoshu, but not usually barley…soy instead.

  3. David October 22, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    PS: “I’m not really interested in special that much on a flower”

    You know you’ve been in Japan too long when you start writing in Engrish :)

    • tokyo5 October 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm #

      HAHAHA! :) Thanks. I just corrected that!

      Sometimes I do forget English words, though.
      (*。*)

  4. In10Words aka "Galileo" October 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Yeah, it’s more of a lavender than a blue. Then again, BLUE blue is mostly unnatural in nature that aren’t the sky or water.

    Also, pfft. I have 3 bushes of Blue Roses in my Animal Crossing town!

    • Tornadoes28 October 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

      Yeah, I think that is what I actually read your heard when I saw this story maybe a year ago about the “blue” rose in Japan. I think I remember the story saying that a true blue is very difficult or rare in nature.

      • tokyo5 October 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm #

        Well, whether they call it blue, purple, violet or whatever…it’s still an unusual color for a rose.

        It looks nice…but ¥3,000 per flower is steep!

    • tokyo5 October 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

      >…in my Animal Crossing town!

      What’s that?

      • In10Words aka "Galileo" October 23, 2009 at 1:48 am #

        It’s a video game that pretty much simulates life. I’m currently play the Wii version (It’s called City Folk here), and one of the things you can do is grow plants of different colors, and crossbreed them. Blue roses are especially hard to get, and I somehow managed to get 3 of them. Turns out the hardest ones are Gold Roses, you need a Gold Watering Can and you have to water a wilted Black Rose. Weird.

      • tokyo5 October 23, 2009 at 2:15 am #

        >It’s a video game

        How do you win?

  5. In10Words aka "Galileo" October 23, 2009 at 3:23 am #

    It’s a life simulator…you kind of don’t. To actually “win,” you have to pay off the debt to your house. If you play every day (the game moves in real time), this can occur in less than 2 months.

    • tokyo5 October 23, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

      Aren’t there enough to pay in real life without simulating more? ;)

  6. livingintokyo October 23, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    I’m with you. Any beer or beer like drink is good. Of course, what’s the point of drink non-alcohol beer?
    If you’re going to drink, let there be alcohol! ;)

    • tokyo5 October 23, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

      >If you’re going to drink…

      “If”??

  7. anohito91 October 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    > “If”??

    touche, nice call.

    • tokyo5 October 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

      I hope I didn’t come across as being sarcastic.

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