Monday, July 02, 2007

well, what do you know...

I read today about square watermelons. I always thought that it was made up, kind of like an urban legend among foreigners as to how picky Japanese people could be. But I found this article today and, what do you know, it's true. They're pretty expensive and don't taste as good as regular watermelons so I'm at a loss as to why they are even made in the first place but there you go. Square watermelons. Another oddity of Japanese culture.

4 comments:

Astrid said...

Odd indeed! And totally useless but quite funny :)

Christelle said...

I saw a news item on tv here in Japan about farmers producing heart-shaped and star-shaped cucumbers. What do you think it is this urge to control vegetation? (ie- Bonzai, unnaturally-shaped fruits and vegetables, Japanese gardens- our landlord just shaved a tree in our garden!...)

Anonymous said...

i think these things are pretty darn cool looking. I think it may have more to do with the presentation that the taste. If your having a party or catering then it is much cooler to have a square watermelon on display rather than a regular one. It's more for the eye than the mouth!
Love Kim!

Hannah said...

those people are crazy.