Thursday, February 17, 2005

God's fruit

I've mentioned before that fruit in Japan is prohibitively expensive, but nothing prepared me for the shock of seeing the prices in one particular department store in Sapporo. The only reason I can think of for this fruit to be so expensive is that God himself must have picked them from his personal orchard, then sent them down to earth along a sunbeam in a golden chariot pulled by angels. Generally I don't think I'm mean with money, but I'd have to be dying of scrurvy before I paid 30 quid for a melon.


Blogger lemaiz said...

Expensive? That's insane! When you think of how much else £30 could get you in Japan (or nearly £4 for an apple - little frilly cases or no (clear evidence that they're premium)), do people actually pay the money to buy them? Or does everyone take clever vitamin tablets to combat the scurvy?

11:57 pm  
Blogger Lewis said...

I'll admit, this fruit was expensive, even for Japan. People do buy a lot of fruit here, but it's often seen more as a treat than a regular snack. The apples tend to be really big, and they're always sold individually. It's not uncommon for people to only eat a few slices of apple at a time, then save the rest for later.

9:40 am  
Blogger Paul Hewitt said...

Well I think I can see how we are going to fund our trip to Japan now, oh yes. Pick up the best looking fruit we can find in Sainsburys, remove the price labels, fill our bags and head over. A day selling fruit in Sapporo will pay for the lot. Just need to find a bag big enough!

4:02 am  

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