Japan may well have been dealing with deflation for a decidedly long time, but that hasn’t stopped some shops flogging fancy foodstuffs for inordinately large sums of money. In fact, just over a week or so after a Sapporo department store was selling melons for a million yen each, an Osaka outlet is now trying to market mind bogglingly expensive mushrooms.
Yet whilst they would undoubtedly go well with the aforementioned melons, or alternatively do very nicely for a dinner party — albeit a small one — at 189,000 yen (1,550 dollars) for a packet of three, they are fantastically priced bits of fungus.
However whilst it does seem like an awful lot of money for a measly amount of food, they are by all accounts an extremely rare type of matsutake mushroom. Making them ideal for shoving in a pie or putting on a pizza perhaps.