$11,000 for Grapes!? Japan’s Exclusive Ruby Roman Grapes

The most expensive table grapes in the world are Japan’s Ruby Roman Grapes. Wrapped and packaged in a display box, these grapes are each about the size of a ping pong ball, and are cultivated for their sweetness, size and perfect form. The grapes have been known to fetch exorbitant prices, sometimes costing thousands of … More $11,000 for Grapes!? Japan’s Exclusive Ruby Roman Grapes

Yuba Tofu – The Local Delicacy of Nikko, Japan

Nikkō is one of Japan’s most beautiful towns to visit and explore. Visitors will probably notice a food called ‘Yuba’ on the menu everywhere they go. Indeed, this is one of Nikkō’s specialty foods. But what exactly is Yuba, and why is it so popular in Nikkō? Yuba is essentially tofu skin, the protein and … More Yuba Tofu – The Local Delicacy of Nikko, Japan

The World’s Most Expensive Fruit – Meet Japan’s $45,000 Yūbari King Melon

When it comes to expensive and exclusive Japanese fruit, the Yūbari melon is the king. Grown in the small city of Yūbari in Hokkaidō, these extraordinary fruits have sold for as much as ¥5 million ($46,000USD) for a pair. But why exactly are these melons so special? How are Yubari King Melons grown? The Yūbari … More The World’s Most Expensive Fruit – Meet Japan’s $45,000 Yūbari King Melon

Dekopon, The Sumo Citrus Taking Instagram By Storm

One of Japan’s most curious fruits is the dekopon, a hybrid cross between the citrus fruits kiyomi and ponkan. Dekopon are sought after for their sweet flavour, large size, and characteristic bump on the top of the fruit, giving them a ‘sumo’ shape. Dekopons, known in American markets as Sumo Citrus, have become increasingly popular … More Dekopon, The Sumo Citrus Taking Instagram By Storm

Why Do Japanese Farmers Grow Square Watermelons?

Japan is known for producing some interesting and expensive fruit. But none is as iconic as the square watermelon, a simple yet beautiful specially grown fruit. Perfect for decorating and gift-giving, the square watermelon is prized as a status symbol (though its taste is not so great). How are Square Watermelons Produced? Square watermelons come … More Why Do Japanese Farmers Grow Square Watermelons?

Zauo: The Japanese Restaurant Where You Catch Your Own Fish

Japan has earned a reputation for creative and unusual dining establishments. Cat cafes, themed restaurants, and stand-up sushi bars all cater to people looking for a new dining experience. But what about using a fishing line to catch your dinner, in the restaurant? In the heart of Osaka’s nightlife district Dotonbori is Zauo, a restaurant … More Zauo: The Japanese Restaurant Where You Catch Your Own Fish

French Tarts and Sweet Desserts: The Illustrated Guide

French bakers have perfected the art of baking the humble tart, creating delicious and refined treats for the taste buds. From sweet old classics like the tarte au chocolat and tarte tatin, to regional favourites like the tarte Tropézienne, and even the seasonal tarte aux mirabelles, here are some of the most mouth-watering French tarts … More French Tarts and Sweet Desserts: The Illustrated Guide

Japan’s Most Interesting and Expensive Fruits

Japan produces some of the most attractive, unusual, and expensive fruits in the world. From square watermelons, white strawberries, to rich red mangoes, Japan’s quest to create the perfect versions of fruit has some produced some amazing results. In order to create the perfect fruits, special growing circumstances are needed. Square watermelons, for instance, are … More Japan’s Most Interesting and Expensive Fruits

The World’s Most Expensive Strawberry – Japan’s White Jewel Strawberries

Japan has a reputation for growing interesting fruits. Some of the most interesting creations are fruits given as a gift, such as square watermelons, pretty red santonishiki cherries, luxury Yubari King melons, and white strawberries. The White Jewel strawberry White strawberries are known in Japan as the Shirou Houseki variety, or ‘White Jewel‘. They have a … More The World’s Most Expensive Strawberry – Japan’s White Jewel Strawberries