Now it's official, the global recession has really hit Japan. The famous Yubari melons sold for 'only' $5,200 in the first auction of the year. MSNBC.com reports that last year, the seasons first Yubari melons sold for $26,000 and for $20,000 the year before.
The melons are grown in Yubari, Hokkaido and are known for their taste and proportions and are often given as gifts. The pricy melons were sold at the initial harvest auction at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market.
Although the price is substantially lower then previous years, a Yubari official was actually pleased that they sold for less. "I think last year was unusual," the official said. "Such a high price gave the melons a bit of an image problem."