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Golden Eggs: Taiyō no Tamago Brand Mangoes Fetch ¥400,000 at Auction (Japan in Photos)

Auctioneers take bids on boxes of Taiyō no Tamago brand mangoes on April 13, 2017, at the wholesale market in Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture. Boxes containing two each of the high-end fruit grown in nearby Saito hit markets in Tokyo, Osaka, and other parts of the country. One set of mangoes sold to a buyer from a department store in Fukuoka for a record-breaking ¥400,000. The brand maintains st…
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Do I Dare to Eat a Peach? Behind Japan’s Freakish Fruit Prices

Tourists often marvel at the beauty, size, and uniformity of Japanese fruit, but they are even more astounded at its price—as much as $200 for a muskmelon at an upscale urban fruit parlor. We provide a snapshot of this unique retail market, along with a brief look at some of the cultural and economic factors that have nourished it.
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