Think Your Grocery Bill Is High?

by Ed Lau on August 30, 2008

It boggles my mind how people in Japan live for such a long period of time. More than 40% of the population smokes. Everyone drinks. Diets are carb heavy and low on green vegetables. This is probably because veggies are absurdly expensive for the most part. I came across asparagus that was more than five dollars…for five stalks. I’ve seen a bunch of grapes…just regular ol’ grapes, ring in at just over the equivalent of fifteen dollars. The craziness doesn’t stop there…probably a result of Japan having to import nearly everything. However, the one that just blows me away is…

Tokyo, Japan, expensive melons, cantaloupe, gift box, gifts

Yep, that’s a single melon for 21000Y (~$210). They’re sold as gifts in boxes that are probably excessively wrapped…and that one probably isn’t the most expensive one either!

in Food and Fine Dining,Random,Travel

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Carl August 31, 2008 at 12:18 am

Actually the life expectancy in Japan is pretty low. People are pretty unhealthy there – smoking, drinking, little exercise, overworked.

Granted some of the world record holders for age are Japanese, but you can bet that those people weren’t salarymen.

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Custom T-Shirts Toronto August 31, 2008 at 6:32 am

Imported fruits and vegetable are ridiculously expensive but I think they already get a lot of their nutrients from all the healthy seafood they eat!

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skintube September 1, 2008 at 7:06 am

If you look at your photo Ed, that’s 21,000 yen for a box of TWO melons. Not that it makes it any less crazy but keep in mind that these are super-model equivalent melons that are meant to be given purely as gifts. So, this allows the gift giver to give something of known value that the receiver can enjoy. Japan is very brand name centric and they charge through the roof for any big brand name. The Japanese are only too happy to drop big yen on any brand names (retail suckers that they are).

Keep in mind also that regular melons bought in the supermarket for ‘personal ‘ consumption is not that crazy but still pricey (cantaloupe = ~$6-8).

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kenny September 3, 2008 at 11:38 pm

So what exactly makes these melons that much better? Seriously just the brand? or are these melons massaged like Kobe Beef cows ;)

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