I will miss the fruit. I know some people are creeped out by the over-groomed, obsessive perfectionism of Japanese fruit, but I think the colors and shapes are divine for anyone with a soft spot for aesthetics, and this is only amplified by their incredible taste and smell. It will be a hard landing with “quantity over quality” McFruit back in the USA, and I don’t know if I can ever eat American supermarket produce in good conscience again.

On the other hand, my roommate was telling me about a recent (Japanese) television program documenting some of the aspects (packaging, agriculture) of Japanese life which have a severely detrimental effect on the health and livelihood of people living in certain less affluent countries…I don’t know if fruit was an example but it certainly seems like the relentless pursuit of perfection here can be very myopic to any of its ancillary consequences (of course, i’m guessing many people say the same exact thing about America, and most likely with good reason).

2 Comments so far

  1. sid (unregistered) on April 30th, 2005 @ 12:12 am

    You won’t be disappointed taste-wise if you stick to organic produce when you get back to the States. I miss it often here (I know it’s out there, but not as easy to find and even more expensive).
    By the way, does anyone know what’s done to produce in Japan? I always assumed Japan has a higher standard than America as far as what’s sprayed on the crops, but I could be totally wrong.

  2. Jim O'Connell (unregistered) on April 30th, 2005 @ 2:01 pm

    Myself, I’m saving up to buy one of those muskmelons. At $50-$100 apiece, they’ve got to be something special…

    Actually, the strawberries were a surprise. A few years ago in the US, they started selling these huge strawberries, but they had almost no flavor. Over here, they’re almost as flavorful as the small wild ones, but just as large as the flavorless ones.

    Last night I was looking for tomatoes for a pasta sauce and had to buy these absolutely perfect ones. In the states, I’d never use such a nice tomato for sauce – it’s a crime not to just eat them raw and enjoy all of the aspects of them. Better to make a sauce out of tomatoes with imperfections and blemishes.

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