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$900 for 35 grapes

Fruit is generally expensive in Japan and the locals seem to buy the fruits only as luxury gifts. After the Watermelon auctioned for $6,100 and the $2,000 mangoes, a bunch of grapes fetched a record $900 (for 35 grapes). “We believe the price was probably a record high,” said local agricultural official Hirofumi Isu. Of [...]

A $20,000 coffee maker from Japan

Blue Bottle Café in San Francisco is now serving coffee from the only halogen-powered coffee machine which looks like a machine from a Jules Verne novel. Called a siphon bar, it was imported from Japan at a total cost of more than $20,000. The New York Times reports that a cup of coffee from this [...]

World’s most expensive water

The world’s most expensive water can be found 2,000 feet down off the coast of Hawaii and is bottled by Hawaii Deep Marine. Called Kona Nigari, this water is a seawater mineral concentrate that should be mixed with regular water. Japanese consumers are paying top dollar for desalinated Hawaiian deep-sea water being marketed as a [...]

A country retreat outside of Tokyo

Takei-Nabeshima-Architects (TNA) designed a country retreat in the town of Karuizawa outside Tokyo, Japan, wrapped in rings of glass and wood and has an uninterrupted 360 degree view of the forest. TNA designed rings around the facade so that areas of private spaces and utilities could be met. The height of each ring was decided [...]

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Space Wedding

Space will now be the ultimate frontier for grooms and brides in 2011, when Rocketplane Kistler Japan who teamed up with wedding planner First Advantage begin hosting weddings aboard a 1-hour space flight that reaches an altitude of more than 100 kilometers (62.1 miles). The cost of $2.2 million per wedding includes a photo and [...]

Watermelon auctioned for $6,100 in Japan

A black jumbo watermelon auctioned in northern Japan fetched a record $6,100 Friday, making it the most expensive watermelon ever sold in the country — and possibly the world. The 17-pound premium “Densuke” watermelon, grown only on the northern island of Hokkaido, was purchased by a marine products dealer who said he wanted to support [...]

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