1. This is a luxury fruit parlor in Tokyo.

It is the flagship store of the Sembikiya fruit emporium. Run by the same Samurai-descendant family since 1834, Sembikiya began as a discount fruit store. But the wife of the second-generation owner decided they could make more money the other way around.

2. But it is not actually a grocery store.

It is a gift shop. Sembikiya management estimates that 80-90 percent of their products are bought as gifts as it’s customary in Japan to give high-end fruits as presents for formal occasions like weddings, business transactions, and hospital visits.

3. What you can buy here: $21 “Sekai-ichi” apples.

You read that right, $21 per apple. “Sekai-ichi” means “world’s best.” These apple were presumably watered with honey, angel piss, and the tears of Donald Trump. (Just kidding, but more on that below.)

4. $212 for a square watermelon

5. $69 for a twelve-pack of Queen Strawberries

This would be an expensive 12-piece sushi meal even at a world-class restaurant.

6. Cherries for $159.50 per box ($4 per cherry)

7. $64 box of grapes.

8. Or maybe you’d prefer a medly of 6 fruits for $170.

9. Or $127 for a Densuke watermelon.

As recently as 2011, Hokkaido farmers mourned the steep price drop for these stripeless watermelons, with the top crop of the season “only” auctioning for $4,000. Only 100 of these watermelons are grown each year in Hokkaido.

10. Yubari cantaloups ($160 for one, or $265 for two)

They are the most expensive fruits on earth. A melon once auctioned for $23,500.

What’s so special about these cantaloups? For one, they’re grown in perfectly weathered greenhouses and given hats to prevent sun burn. Each plant only grows one fruit, to receive the whole plant’s sweetness — farmers prune the less perfect fruits early on.

12. So how did fruit become a luxury gift item?

According to research by Takasago, an international flavor and fragrance company based in Japan, fruit as a luxury item stems from the fact that vegetables were always plentiful in Japanese agriculture, meaning fruit was not essential for nutrition.

In Europe, where Western culture originated, much of the water is hard water, which is difficult to drink, and few crops could provide a source of vitamins throughout the year, so fruits, which were rich in water content and vitamins, were considered essential food in people’s lives. Fruits were also the main type of preserved foods, being used for jams, juices, wines, and more. In contrast, Japan has a lot of rain, good quality water, and the availability of an abundance of vegetables and edible wild plants year round, from which water content and vitamins can easily be obtained. For this reason fruits were always considered luxury items and gift items.

The Sembikiya family claims responsibility for helping start the tradition of fruit gift giving decades ago. And that’s partially true: Because there’s a market for fruit as a high-end gift, farmers go to extreme measures to highten the fruits flavor and to ensure a blemishless presentation: Orchards are hand-pollinated with tiny wands, fruits are given individual protective boxes to grow in, and apples are branded by stencil.

And that is why there are fruit museums under every department store in Tokyo, where perfect melons probably sit behind velvet ropes and bulletproof glass.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/kevintang/inside-japans-most-insanely-expensive-fruit-parlor

Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker

There are apartments in New York City going for $4,500 per month that we label as “overpriced,” and then there are $95 million penthouses towering above Central Park that are actually unobtainable.

If you thought living in the tallest residential building within the Western Hemisphere might be cool, what do you think about the most expensive home in the United States? Here’s a hint: It makes the $95 million penthouse look like a scam.

The most expensive home in the United States is located in (where else?) Beverly Hills.

You can call it Palazzo di Amore. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Not to mention an even nicer price tag of $195 million.

That’s right. You can spend your money twice for two units in New York City’s newest, lavish residential building for the price of this California home.

Why is it $195 million, you ask? Well, you do the math.

This home, which is clearly fit for a king and/or queen, features glass floors, 12 bedrooms, its own vineyard and tennis court. These are just a few incentives, in case you’re interested in calling up Coldwell Banker and dropping that down payment!

A $195 million home sounds cool, but what does it look like?! Check out the photos below and see for yourself.

Behold, the most expensive home in the United States. Not too shabby, huh?

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It looks more like a palace in paradise than a house…

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Who wouldn’t want to be greeted by this insane entryway, a glowing Baccarat chandelier and dual staircases? It’s the American dream.

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If you’re paying $195 million for your home, you have to have hand-painted ceilings, glass floor walkways and walls covered in silk.

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In addition to its 12 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms, Palazzo di Amore features its own vineyard and wine cellar.

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As you can tell from these photos, each part of the house possesses its own vibe. Nothing is the same.

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Especially not this 15,000-square-foot entertainment center. It features a ballroom that can hold a capacity of 250 people. Now, that’s a living room!

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Sure, the interior of the house is cool and all…

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…but let’s check out the exterior. Isn’t it just breathtaking? For $195 million, it better be. I mean, that’s a 128-foot scenic pool you’re looking at!

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Here’s the pool area where you can lounge, swim and sunbathe while looking down at everyone who doesn’t own the country’s most expensive home.

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Poolside refreshments, anyone?

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We’re not done. The Palazzo di Amore estate also features a 27-car garage because if you own this house, you probably own 27 cars. You can also fit an additional 150 cars on the property.

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There you have it: garages the size of parking lots, Turkish-style spa facilities, vineyards, scenic pools, silk walls and glass walkways. Convinced enough to make that down payment?

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Read more: http://elitedaily.com/envision/expensive-house-united-states-costs-195-million-photos/844962/

For those of you that love your sleep, welcome to paradise.

1. Trees for bedposts, we think it’s great. But it’s easy to see how, at night when its dark and the wolf outside is howling, they could become a bit creepy.

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2. Bruce Wayne would approve

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3. May need some layers for this one…

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4. Rocking beds are not just for babies, adults deserve them too.

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5. A bed under the moon

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6. Or even better, the stars.

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7. One for the bookworms.

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8. How to make the most out of a small space.

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9. There are speakers built inside this bed, you can actually feel the vibrations.

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10. For the car enthusiast

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11. Doesn’t look dangerous at all.

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12. Be the pearl of your own clam-shell bed.

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13. A barrel of comfort.

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14. Looks amazing, not for the sleepwalker though.

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15. Imagine pillow fights in here.

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16. Chillin’ out at sea.

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17. Fancy being a 60′s pin up girl in your sleep?

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18. Looks handy for sleepovers.

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19. Would you ever want to leave your tree house bed?

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20. When your bed is hidden in a cabinet.

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21. The perfect student dorm

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22. Must go to bed before midnight

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Read more: http://www.hellou.co.uk/2014/12/22-unique-beds-might-awesome-actually-go-sleep-29833/

Where is your dream home? Tucked away somewhere on a mountainside? Out in the green pastures of open country? In the middle of a bustling metropolis?

Here’s a dream home that might put anything you had in mind to shame. It’s called Amchit Residence and it’s located in Nahr el Mot, Lebanon. The gorgeous home was designed by Blankpage Architecture. It is complete with all the amenities one expects, along with minimalist style and a breathtaking view of the ocean.

A wide shot of the gorgeous area surrounding Amchit Residence.

A wide shot of the gorgeous area surrounding Amchit Residence. Ieva Saudargaitė

The home’s unique design includes a long deck with an infinity pool.

The home's unique design includes a long deck with an infinity pool. Ieva Saudargaitė

The interior decorating may seem spare, but that’s all a part of the home’s simplistic, minimalist design; it allows the natural beauty of the home’s location to add to its style.

The interior decorating may seem spare, but that's all a part of the home's simplistic, minimalist design; it allows the natural beauty of the home's location to add to its style. Ieva Saudargaitė

Well, this certainly seems like a nice spot to have some breakfast.

Well, this certainly seems like a nice spot to have some breakfast. Ieva Saudargaitė

Oh man, this is one of the most amazing views of I’ve ever seen. The way the horizon cuts across every window in the room is absolutely incredible!

Oh man, this is one of the most amazing views of I've ever seen. The way the horizon cuts across every window in the room is absolutely incredible! Ieva Saudargaitė

Imagine waking up to a view like this every single day. Not too shabby.

Imagine waking up to a view like this every single day. Not too shabby. Ieva Saudargaitė

I can just imagine the relaxing afternoons and evenings spent on this deck, relaxing with friends and family.

I can just imagine the relaxing afternoons and evenings spent on this deck, relaxing with friends and family. Ieva Saudargaitė

Overall, Amchit Residence is a stunning example of marrying a piece of architecture with a natural environment.

Overall, Amchit Residence is a stunning example of marrying a piece of architecture with a natural environment. Ieva Saudargaitė

(via: mymodernmet.com)

This is a gorgeous house, and I have to say I’m a little jealous of whoever the lucky duck is that lives there. Here’s hoping that we can all find our dream homes someday.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/amazing-oceanside-home/