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Ghostly Strawberries: Three for $9.00

With the current wretched exchange rate, if I’d sprung for these gems, they would have cost me about $3 a bite. As you can see from the corners of the boxes right above them, they haven’t replaced the regular ripe-looking ones in the hearts and minds of Japanese consumers, but despite the price, these novelties were disappearing from the shelves of Meidi-ya like popsicles on a hot summer day.

Three things Japanese people prize in food (especially produce) are 1) perfection, 2) novelty and 3) the first ones of the season. These albino berries apparently hit the trifecta.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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