Kirin Beer’s 120th

22 Nov

Kirin Beer is 120 years old.

To commemorate, they are selling beer in retro cans in all of their past designs.
The blue can from the 「明治時代」 (Meiji Period), white can from the 「大正時代」 (Taisho Period), gold can from the 「昭和時代」 (Showa Period), and the current silver can from the current 「平成時代」 (Heisei Period).

Of course, I have bought many of the current silver cans. I don’t save those once they’re empty…but I like to save special edition unique beer cans.

I already have the gold 「昭和時代」 (Showa Period) special Kirin Beer can.

I want the other two.

Re-issue special edition "Meiji Period" Kirin Beer can

Re-issue special edition "Taisho Period" Kirin Beer can

How about you? Do you save special-edition or unusual beer cans?

14 Responses to “Kirin Beer’s 120th”

  1. anohito91 November 25, 2009 at 1:40 am #

    I’m not sure how much extra effort it is, but I was just wondering what happened to the ふりがな that you used to post when writing in 漢字, because I found it really useful for learning readings of kanji I already know and learning kanji don’t know. Other than that, I still enjoy coming back to read your blog every few days its very good! 🙂


    • tokyo5 November 25, 2009 at 2:08 am #

      Thank you.

      I don’t know why but it seems WordPress changed their site…now the programming I used to enter to make the ふりがな doesn’t work anymore.

      But you can use the “Hiragana Megane” site to see the ふりがな on my site…click here.


      • anohito91 November 27, 2009 at 1:46 am #

        wow thats exactly what I wanted! thanks for showing me that. very useful! keep up the good blog 🙂


      • tokyo5 November 27, 2009 at 1:53 am #

        Glad to be of assistance.
        But be careful with that site…it’s not always accurate.


  2. beerdoctor November 23, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    Both of the Kirn can pictures reveal wonderful graphic design. The “Taisho” one reminds me that back in the 1980’s Kirin produced a 2 liter melamine jug with that dragon motive, complete with a dragon headed pouring spout.


    • tokyo5 November 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

      I came to Japan in 1990…so I haven’t seen Kirin Beer in the 1980s.

      By the way, their logo isn’t technically a “dragon”…it’s a “Kirin” (a mythological creature similar to a dragon).
      Giraffe” in Japanese is also pronounced “kirin“…so, as a play on words, the “Kirin Lemon” soft drink has a giraffe with a lemon body.

      Also, your username has a link to a “beer-doctor” website. I was eager to see the site…but it’s a “dead link”.


  3. cuteandcurls November 23, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    I would like to see your unique beer can collections ..I like looking at them. England produces very funny named beers ..some cute and some funny nevertheless all are YUMMY. Those Kirin cans are worth the collection eh.


    • tokyo5 November 23, 2009 at 10:10 am #

      I have a bottle from the uniquely-named “Satan Beer” from Belgium.


      • cuteandcurls November 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

        Wow now THAT i wanna see …


      • tokyo5 November 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

        Don’t they sell Satan Beer in your country?

        I’ve only ever bought one bottle because it’s an import…thus kinda expensive.
        But if you wanna see the label, I don’t have a photo of my bottle, but here’s what it looks like…click here


  4. gigihawaii November 23, 2009 at 2:16 am #

    nope. For one thing hubby and I do not drink Kirin beer, and for another we drink from bottles, never from cans. Besides, we also recycle the bottles to be reimbursed for our deposit when we buy beer.


    • tokyo5 November 23, 2009 at 2:30 am #

      How about unique beer bottles? I’ve got a few of those in my collection too.


      • gigihawaii November 23, 2009 at 3:51 am #

        nah, beer bottles are dust collectors!
        We collect jewelry and Ben Franklin silver half dollars, instead.


      • tokyo5 November 23, 2009 at 10:07 am #

        My father-in-law collects (Japanese) coins…and my grandfather used to collect American coins.

        Before my grandfather died he met my father-in-law and they appreciated each other’s coin collections.


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