The Japanese Frugivore’s Dilemma

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His eyes lit up as he spied a discounted carton of cherries from across the produce section of the local supermarket.

Worried about another customer getting there before him, yet conscious of how ridiculous sprinting over some fruit would seem (to other people), he broke into a quick step that could put most Olympic speed-walkers to shame.

With a heart palpitating in anticipation, he picked up the package of five small and badly bruised cherries only to find the “half-priced” tag marked 400 yen.


400 yen is about $3.94 …  for five freaking cherries… 高過ぎる~


Written for this weeks Three Line Tales.

Photo by Inma Ibáñez – here’s a bigger version

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15 comments

  1. Lynn Love · August 4, 2016

    They’re expensive cherries! I love them too, though not sure if I’d sprint across the supermarket to get them. Lovely take on the prompt. Great to read other spins on the photo 🙂

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    • Nick Anthony · August 4, 2016

      I have a fruit problem. I know haha but it’s seriously hard to get at a reasonable price (except bananas)

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      • Lynn Love · August 4, 2016

        Not a great climate for cherries, then? Are they all imported? A friend went to New Zealand and told me fruit and veg is scarce and expensive there, that it’s all imported. A sad look out for the future of the kiwi fruit 🙂

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      • Nick Anthony · August 4, 2016

        It’s all fruit in general here. The climate is decent enough for a variety of fruits (Japan covers a lot of latitude), but there is no money in it. All agriculture goes to rice 😦

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      • Lynn Love · August 4, 2016

        I can see that as a staple, rice would be popular, but fruit isn’t profitable at all? Interesting

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      • Nick Anthony · August 4, 2016

        Not being a farmer, I can’t say from first hand experience… But it’s similar to the USA in which farmers are given government stipends to grow certain crops which help with profitability

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      • Lynn Love · August 5, 2016

        Ah, yes that has been happening here in the UK I think – farmers even paid to allow fields to go fallow to help the environment. Not sure how tha’s going to work in the future after we lose our European funding. The situation will not improve that’s for sure

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      • Nick Anthony · August 5, 2016

        Yeah it happens back in the US as well. Agriculture is saddled by such a strange and outdated economic system all over the globe, I guess

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      • Lynn Love · August 5, 2016

        I’m sure you’re right, Nick 🙂

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  2. Bonsai · August 4, 2016

    Oh the cost of fruit!

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  3. Sonali Mukherjee · August 4, 2016

    Fruit prices have been rising! This is very relatable!

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  4. creatingahome · August 4, 2016

    All that detective effort for nought!
    Darn those prices.

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  5. bikurgurl · August 8, 2016

    So true! Even where we have cherry trees in our neighborhood, it’s still ghastly the cost for cherries 😉

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