Updated: September 21, 2017
0 Bookmark

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!

Feel free to follow favy!

Japan's Designer Art In The Fruit World

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!

Hot Posts!

1

Love it or Hate it: How to Eat Natto!

Lili Wanderlust
2

"Seaweed Snacks" Found In Japan. Tasty Nori Sheets And How They're Eaten!

tabikamome
3

Miso Soup, A Staple Of Japanese Cuisine, But How to Make it?

Lili Wanderlust
4

Mazesoba Mitsuboshi - Ebisu, Tokyo : The Unique Soupless Ramen!

haru
5

Matcha And Almond Cookies Recipe!

Lili Wanderlust
More Hot Posts

Recommend Posts!

1

Hokkaido Restaurant Genshiyaki In Bangkok, Thailand For Amazing Cheese Pasta And Incredibly Fresh Fish!

favy
2

YARUKI: A Must-Try Yakiniku And Wine Restaurant In The Heart Of Kyoto!

favy
3

A Must Try Robatayaki Restaurant In Bangkok, Thailand!

favy
4

Enjoy Karaoke And Tasty Foods At Doremifa Club, Toyocho Station, Tokyo!

favy
5

Tanakaya: An Amazing Yakiniku Restaurant In Roppongi Serving A5 Japanese Beef From Kumamoto!

favy

Featured Posts

Matcha Matcha Matcha! - Matcha in Japan

Get Into The Christmas Spirit In Japan!

Vegetarian food in Japan!

More Features

Events

More Meat, More Cheese! McDonald's Japan New Limited-Time Burgers!

Jan 10, Wed 〜 Mar 10, Sat

Conrad Osaka Has Just Renewed Its Dessert Buffet And It Looks So Tempting!

Jan 06, Sat 〜 May 06, Sun

Starbucks New Fruity Matcha Frappuccino Is Out Until Valentine's Day, 2018

Dec 26, Tue 〜 Feb 14, Wed

Hot Words!