At an auction in Sapporo city a black skin watermelon from Tomachou sold at 300,000 yen ($3765). Black skin watermelons have a black luster colored skin and have high sugar content. They are being sold at department stores in the Tokyo area. Sapporo is the fourth-largest city in Japan by population, and the largest city on the island of Hokkaido.
It is the capital of Hokkaidō Prefecture, located in Ishikari Subprefecture, and an ordinance-designated city of Japan. The city is home to Sapporo Brewery and the famous white chocolate biscuits called shiroi koibito, exclusively sold in Hokkaido.