Story of Melon

ARTISAN

“Ikka Souden, the premier Japanese Muskmelon handed down over three generations of experience.”

For three generations the skillful professionals at the “Tokunoh” family farm have been perfecting the finest “Ikkasouden” muskmelons. 

“Ikkasouden” muskmelons are cultivated using sophisticated agricultural techniques and climate-controlled greenhouses. 

The ultimate taste of muskmelon is the product of outstanding craft and experience which has been passed down from generation to generation.

 

Product

“One Vine, One Fruit” 

“One Vine, One Fruit” policy is a key to make high quality melons.

Before starting to grow a muskmelon, farmers select the best seeds to plant. Once the fruits begin to develop and then carefully choose only the best one so that all the nutrition concentrates on the one. The muskmelons that made it that far get even more special treatment as they ripen. For example, growers tie a string around their stems so they don’t fall before they’re ready for harvest. 

The incomparably sweet, juicy, aromatic muskmelons are the product of tireless dedication to perfection at every stage of production chain. Can a piece of fruit really be worth al that effort? Try and see.

Our excellent “Tosa” and premium “Ryoma” muskmelons are produced by the skillful professionals with the best use of these environments.

 

* Tosa: a former province located in present-day Kochi Prefecture.
* Ryoma: One of Japan’s favorite historical figures, Samurai, Ryoma Sakamoto (1836-1867), who born in Kochi Prefecture.


Environment

“This place has the longest hours of sunlight in Japan.”

Sunlight is crucial for growing melons. Kochi is generally called “Southern Tosa”, located in southern coast of Shikoku is known as one of places that has the longest hours of sunlight in Japan, in other words, perfectly suitable place for melons. Our excellent “Tosa” and premium “Ryoma” muskmelons are produced by the skillful professionals with the best use of these environments.

Kochi Prefecture is on the  coast of Shikoku.  The city is small with a casual atmosphere with southern flair.  The prefecture's former name is “Tosa”. Tosa and its local hero “Sakamoto Ryoma” played an important historical role towards the end of the Edo period.  The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum is located at the beautiful Katsurahama Beach. In addition, when you travel Kochi, you might be interested visiting the castle. Kochi Castle is one of just twelve Japanese castles to have survived the fires, wars and other catastrophes of the post feudal age. The castle's wooden interior maintains the appearance of it Edo period origins, and the lookout point from the castle tower's top floor offers nice view of downtown.