The Yomiuri Shimbun

Workers examine Obanazawa Suika watermelons for any imperfections before having them shipped out at a facility in Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture, on Friday. The facility, part of the Japan Agricultural Cooperatives’ Michinoku Murayama branch office, is experiencing its busiest time of the year as it ships up to 40,000 Obanazawa Suika watermelons every day until mid-August. The city boasts one of the largest watermelon yields nationwide.