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Yes, you can eat high-quality melon in Tokyo this summer without taking out a bank loan

by Patrick St. Michel

Special To The Japan Times

Melons don’t come easy in Japan. Just a single muskmelon can set you back thousands of yen — if not much, much more. But there are, thankfully, cheaper ways to enjoy the treat.

The Takano chain of fruit stores and cafes offers one of the sweetest of the season with its melon jelly (¥453). It comes with several juicy chunks of fresh melon topped with cream and surrounded by a sweet subtle melon jelly. That alone would be worth the price, but get to the bottom of the cup and you’ll also find a layer of milk pudding. Honestly, they could raise the cost substantially and this would still be worth it.