Updated: August 07, 2017
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Square Watermelons In Japan: Where Being Square Is Considered Cool

The Japanese have done it again. They turned what is normally considered a delicious round-shaped melon into something you would see on the shelf at an art fair. Yes square watermelons do exist and you'll be surprised on why the Japanese love them so much!

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Square watermelons first started appearing back in the 1980s by a Japanese farmer in central Japan, though the creator is disputed between an artist and the farmer.

The watermelons grown into the shape of a cube using plastic mold. Some say that the growing them as a cube was meant so that they fit nicely into a fridge, but is hard to believe as they bring such a high price in Japan. They are often very expensive and sold more as an ornamental novelty rather than due to its quality in taste.
The average cost of a "shikaku suika" (literally "square watermelon") usually goes for around 10,000 yen but in some case they fetch a much higher price - like this one going for 20,000 yen (tax inclusive)!
Japan has long been fascinated with gourmet fruits and offering them as gifts. You commonly see other higher-than-normal prices fruits in lots of supermarkets and specialty stores throughout the country. It's not uncommon to see grapes, melons, mangoes and other fruits at prices higher than 3000 yen or more (US$30 or more).
I guess if you think about it, it actually makes sense sometimes... like fitting a watermelon into a box!
Since square watermelons got so popular, other shapes have been developed too, like a love heart and a pyramid!

Would you buy one?

Next time you're in Japan keep an eye out for a square watermelon!
Jonathan
I've been traveling and eating my way around the world! Now I'm in Tokyo to share all my favourite spots! I spend my time traveling, surfing, hiking, camping and eating amazing food! My favourite Japanese food...Agedashi Tofu!

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