Watermelons in Japan

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You see a lot of watermelons in Japanese anime.  The characters are usually eating them at the beach and playing a game called “Suikawari” or “watermelon smashing game”. To play, the goal is to smash the watermelon with a stick while blindfolded.  It’s a fun summer game similar to piñata smashing.  The best part is eating it after!

Japan does not grow many watermelons since farm space is limited, but among the ones that are grown in Japan are the special  Densuke watermelons grown in Hokkaido. Only about 10,000 Densuke melons are grown and are about $300 each, though the very first one of the season can cost several THOUSAND dollars o_o.  An imported normal watermelon of a medium size can easily run you about $20 and up which is super pricy considering the same melon over seas in China is just a few dollars.

Japan has also started growing various shaped watermelons by growing them in box molds to get cool shapes as you can see in the above pics. It may take years to get the melons shaping perfectly and a lot of work goes into growing them. These special watermelons will run you well over $100 easy. I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t think I could ever have enough money to spend a few hundred on a melon =_=.

Do you like watermelon?  What shape would you want to buy if you could?  Let me know in the comments 🙂

References


http://www.exploringtokyo.com/living-melons.php

http://kotaku.com/japan-has-more-than-just-square-watermelons-way-more-823476111

http://www.bizarrefood.com/blog/japanese-heart-shaped-watermelons/

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/06/28/picture-japan-square-watermelons-tepco-shareholders-meeting-cosmetics-expo/tab/slideshow/#slide/1

Posted on October 31, 2014, in Weird and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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