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Photo Journal: Sweet summer scene

(Mainichi)

"Test" watermelons are seen halved and spread out for inspection in Tawaramoto, Nara Prefecture, in this recent photo. The fruit are checked for hollows, sweetness, and taste-tested for texture and flavor. Nara Prefecture produces the pricey "Yamato" watermelon, though the region accounts for less than 1 percent of total domestic watermelon production. On the other hand, the prefecture does supply 80 percent of Japan's watermelon seeds, making it the engine of the country's watermelon sector. (Mainichi)

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