Every day we see the most perfect watermelons in the general store and every day we cringe at the price. 2,000 yen for one round watermelon is a little expensive for our taste. But summer in Japan is hot and even though the price is the equivalent of over 25 US dollars, the call of the watermelon was too strong and we finally gave in and bought one. Take a look:
The reason we were so willing to pay this ridiculous price was because we knew that our watermelon was going to be delicious. It doesn’t matter what kind, fruits in Japan are very expensive. I’ve seen a bunch of green grapes for 3050 yen ($40 USD) and Khoa and I sometimes splurge on 300 yen apples (almost $4 USD). During Halloween, a medium-size carving pumpkin can set you back 2500 yen ($32 USD) and that’s a cheap one. One reason for the high prices is because there isn’t a lot of space to grow things in Japan. Another reason is because the farmers take such good care of the fruits. I often see video clips on the news showing fields of peach trees with each fruit individually wrapped in a protective cover while it’s still on the tree. Farmers also hand pick each fruit and store them wrapped in bubble wrap. Even though the prices are high, you are guaranteed to be buying the tastiest fruit you’ve ever eaten.
As we expected, the watermelon was wonderful. Bright pink on the inside, deep green on the outside and the fruit was perfectly sweet and very juicy. Sometimes when I would buy watermelons in America, it always seemed like a gamble because half of the time the meat was very mealy and not so juicy. But when you buy a watermelon here in Japan, it is certain that you will get a sweet and delicious summertime treat…you just have to pay $25 for it.