Melon Season

A serious lack of space in Japan has led entrepreneurs (and in this case, entrepreneurial farmers) to come up with some awesome things...

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Workers at an agricultural cooperative in Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, are checking square-shaped watermelons for quality.

This cooperative will ship 600 of the watermelons, with a price tag of about 14,000 yen (US$140) each! The melons are grown this way by being put into cubes of translucent plastic while still on the vine. The idea is to make it easier for them to fit into refrigerators and on the shelves of grocery stores.

Upon researching this topic a little more, I came across the following product on (a huge Japanese online store)...

This particular heart shaped melon (
ハートスイカ) came with a price tag of 63,000yen (US$630) ~!


  1. I saw the square one at a supermarket ;)
    Interesting to see how they make it!!!


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