01Inspection at Taisho Pharmaceutical Co
02Lipovitan D bottles are washed four times with purified water during production
03Lipovitan D: the finished product
04Lipovitan D labels have hardly changed in 50 years
06Quality checks in the Taisho laboratory
07Many consumers buy Lipovitan D by the case
08The range of nutrition and energy drinks is enough to tire you out
0110 of the best "genki" drinks (1 to 5)
0210 of the best "genki" drinks (6 to 10)
Chocola BB Royal 2
Nutrition drink for overworked women.
Good for: Afternoon drowsiness.
Yunker Kotei Eki
Annual sales of this potent 45-year-old medicinal drink top 40 million.
Good for: Fighting fatigue.
The original; 34 billion bottles sold and counting.
Good for: Pushing through a long day.
Megashaki House Foods
An energy booster with ginger and pepper extracts
Good for: Tired workers and students on all-nighters.
Ukon no Chikara House Foods
Essence of turmeric and a smattering of vitamins.
Good for: Hangovers.
Vitamin B-packed tonic with extract of longan fruit.
Good for: All-round energy and weary new mothers.
All-purpose liver tonic sweetened with caramel.
Good for: Reviving a weak constitution.
This is the original in the five-drink Alinamin series.
Good for: Weak appetites and tired bodies.
Classic vitamin-charged soft drink with sugar, honey, salt and caffeine.
Good for: Hot days.
A tried and tested blend.
Good for: Helping with overwhelming tiredness.