What is Oronamin-C ? | Commentary by Japanese webmaster | Common in Japan #17

Quotation Sauce:Otsuka web page

What is ‘Oronamin-C’ ??

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I wrote this article to clear your question about ‘Oronamin-C’ , as popular drink in Japan.

I would like to explain about the topic with mainly two parts.

  • Basic knowledge of Oronamin-C in Japan
  • Deep Diving with answering questions
    • Origin of name
    • Price
    • Flavor
    • History, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about Oronamin-C in Japan.

And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about Oronamin-C in Japan, after reading this page.

What is ‘Oronamin-C’ ?

’Oronamin-C’ is very famous carbonated drink in Japan. It’s in dark brown glass bottles. The color of drink is yellow and the volume is 120ml per bottle.

Oronamin-C contains vitamin-B, vitamin-C, and essential amino acids. People regard as kind of energy drink and call it as ‘Oro-C’ in short.

Manufacturer is Otsuka pharmaceutical as one of famous maker of foods, drinks, and medical goods. And Oronamin-C is one of main products of Otsuka.

What is Oronamin-C
  • Carbonated drink in brown glass bottle
  • Product of Otsuka pharmaceutical
  • Contain vitamin B, C and amino acid
  • Called as ‘Oro-C’ in short

Deep Diving into Oronamin-C in Japan

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Oronamin is coined word, created by manufacturer, Otsuka pharmaceutical.

Otsuka had popular product, ‘Oronaine’ ointment. Otsuka combined word ‘Vitamin-C’ with ‘Oronaine’, in starting sales of ‘Oronamin-C’.

Oronamin consists of ‘Oronaine’ and ‘Vitamin-C’.

Sauce : Otsuka webpage

The catch phrase of Oronamin-C is ‘GENKI HATSURASTU ‘.

‘GENKI’ means energy, vitality, good condition. And ‘HATSURATSU’ means lively, cheerful, fresh, actively. This phrase give power to the people.

This phrase is used in TVCM and printed on cap of the bottle.

Quotation Sauce:Otsuka webpage

Author’s research

Price of Oronamin-C is around JPY 110 per bottle.

Oronamin-C is available in various places in Japan

  • Supermarkets
  • Convenience stores
  • Drugstores
  • Kiosks
  • Otsuka’s Vending Machines, etc

Author’s research in Yokohama city

Oronamin-C is rather sweet and having slight flavor of citrus, very fresh taste with carbonated water. If I’m forced to say, it’s like Mountain Dew.

Author’s research


It’s very unique flavor !

Producer, Otsuka pharmaceutical started sales of ‘Oronamin-C’ in 1965.

  • 1965 Started sales
  • 1972 Sold 100 million bottles per year
  • 1985 Total sales became 10 billion bottles
  • 1995 Total sales became 20 billion bottles
  • 2011 Total sales became 30 billion bottles

Otsuka promote with distribution of sample, TV commercial etc. As a results, in 1972, yearly sales result became 100 million bottles. After 1970’s, ‘Oronamin-C’ keep high popularity and keeping good sales in Japan.

Quotation Sauce:Otsuka webpage

Sauce : Otsuka webpage

Calorie of Oronamin-C is 79kcal per bottle (120ml)

  • Calorie 79kcal
  • Protein 0g
  • Lipid 0g
  • Carb 19g
  • Salt equivalent 0g
  • Vitamin B2 2.4mg
  • Vitamin B6 4.9mg
  • Niacin 12mg
  • Vitamin C 220mg

Sauce : Otsuka webpage


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