Like most men, I’m a huge fan of big and juicy melons — the firmer and fruitier the better. Yet regardless of how sweet and succulent they are, I’m not prepared to pay 280,000 yen (1,400 pound) to get my sweaty palms on some.
Others however appear to think very differently, as last week the year’s first Densuke watermelons were sold at auction. A type known for its rare black colour.
Of the fifteen watermelons auctioned off, the largest — weighing a big and bouncy 8 kg and measuring an eye-catching 30 cm in diameter — went for the aforementioned sum of 280,000 yen.
Meaning that when it comes to large melons, I’ll unfortunately have to make do with just looking