Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2011
TAKAMATSU, Kagawa Pref. — A monster weighing in at 423.8 kg won a contest to determine the country's heaviest pumpkin Sunday on Shodo Island in Kagawa Prefecture.
The winner, Mitsugi Kitahara, a 69-year-old engineer from Miyata, Nagano Prefecture, will go to California on Oct. 10 as Japan's representative at the world pumpkin weigh-off.
"The secret to growing large pumpkins is to give lots of care to them. I took care of the pumpkin as if I was talking to it every day, and it was worth it," Kitahara said with a big smile.