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A farmer in snow-covered Yamagata Prefecture on Saturday made this year’s first shipment of greenhouse-grown cherries that last year went for nearly 1,000 yen apiece, or approximately 30,000 yen for a 300-gram pack.

The farmer, 58-year-old Kiyokuni Saito of Tendo, said his cherries were slow to grow initially this season due to bad weather in the blooming period but have now developed the color and taste similar to last year’s harvest.

The farmer said he expects his cherries, the popular Sato Nishiki variety, to fetch tens of thousands of yen a pack this year in auctions. They are in strong demand for gifts or for cuisine at exclusive restaurants.

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