The earliest first shipment of watermelon in all of Hokkaido, the yellow watermelon "Himawari Watermelon" only in Hokuryu Town! The best harvest in the 40th year since the union was established!

Thursday, June 6, 2024

From 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at the JA Kitasorachi Hokuryu Branch's Agricultural Products Collection and Shipping Facility, Hokuryu Town's Himawari watermelons, including red-fleshed watermelons, were the top first shipment in Hokkaido.

Earliest first shipment in Hokkaido, including red-fleshed watermelon

The first 38 boxes of "Himawari Suika" were shipped from two farmers, Mr. Akimitsu Takada, Chairman of Himawari Suika Kumiai, and Mr. Katsuhiro Sugimoto. 38 boxes of Himawari Suika will be auctioned at Asahikawa and Sapporo markets on Friday, June 7, and will be available in stores in Hokuryu Town from mid-June onward.

The first shipment of "Himawari Watermelon" from Hokuryu Town was the top in Hokkaido!

4 balls per box, Takada Akimitsu Farm

1箱4玉 高田秋光ファーム
4 balls per box Takada Akimitsu Farm

5 balls per box, Katsuhiro Sugimoto Farm

1箱5玉 杉本克裕ファーム
5 balls per box Katsuhiro Sugimoto Farm

The standards are all "excellent"!

Standards are all "Superior".

The producers are all full of fresh smiles!

The producers are all full of fresh smiles!

Akimitsu Takada, Union President

President Akimitsu Takada

We shipped about seven days earlier than last year. Sunflower watermelon is the top first shipment in Hokkaido this year.

March was a month of low temperatures, but sunshine hours were secured. The difference in temperature between day and night increased the sweetness of the grapes, resulting in good growth conditions. The sugar content was 12 degrees, which is an excellent result.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Himawa Watermelon Association, and we are experiencing the highest sugar content we have ever experienced.

Yellow kodama have more moisture than red dama and are crispy, fresh, and sweet.

We are proud to announce that our products have done so well that they are worthy of our 40th anniversary! says Akimitsu Takada, the union president, proudly.

Mr. Takada, President of the union, being interviewed

Mr. Takada, President of the union, being interviewed

Katsuhiro Sugimoto, known as a cutting professional

The slices were cut on the spot and everyone tasted them. Mr. Katsuhiro Sugimoto, who is known as a professional cutter, was in charge of cutting.

Cutting was done by Katsuhiro Sugimoto.

The juice spurts out every time it is cut!

The juice that spills out!

Sunflower melon" with the glow of lemon yellow sunflowers

Sunflower melon" with the glow of lemon yellow sunflowers

It's so sweet! It's so fresh! Delicious!

It's so sweet! It's so fresh! Delicious!

Hokuryu Town is the only place in the whole province that produces small yellow watermelons.

This season, in Hokuryu Town, the same seven farmers as last year planted the crop, increasing the area planted. The total area of greenhouses is 525a (411a last year), with 305a planted (285a last year).

The company plans to ship 19,000 cases by early September with a sales target of 59 million yen.

Interviews with STV NEWS, NHK Asahikawa Broadcasting Station, Hokkaido Shimbun and Kita Sorachi Shimbun


Yesterday, June 5 (Wed.), STV NEWS interviewed the event, and it was aired on STV NEWS at around 11:20 this morning.


Hokkaido newspaper

Hokkaido newspaper

NHK Hokkaido

Today, the NHK Hokkaido Asahikawa Broadcasting Station came to cover the event.

Interview by NHK Broadcasting Station
Lemon yellow glow!
NHK旭川放送局・長橋芽生 記者!
Mei Nagahashi, Reporter, NHK Asahikawa Broadcasting Station
It will be televised on NHK.
NHK Hokkaido

Sunflower watermelon poster

The Taste of Summer, with a Smile, is a refreshingly sweet sunflower watermelon.

Filled with the blessings of the sun
Sunflower watermelon" growing well
The cool, fresh cream color is full of coolness.
A truly refreshing synonym for summer.
The clean, sweet aroma and delicious taste is
On the face of a sunburned family member.
Refreshing smile!

(From the poster description)

Sunflower Watermelon Poster
With heartfelt thanks for "Himawari Suika", the taste of summer that brings a smile to your face.

Sunflower watermelons from the town of Hokuryu are full of sunshine, full of love from the growers, and grown healthy and delicious!

We send our endless love, gratitude and smiles to "Himawari Suika," a sparkling yellow watermelon that reminds us of sunflowers.

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◇ Reporting and writing by Ikuko Terauchi (Photography and editorial assistance by Noboru Terauchi)