Does she get to label her apples 'award winning' and sell them at a premium price?
Oh well, at least you get to eat one amazing apple, right?
JA keeps the prize wining apples and distributes them as a a gift from JA in the great back scratching, gift swapping, tender fixing, vote rigging game that is business here. I expressed my amazement and she laughed and said it could have been worse- the category they had wanted to enter was Best Box of SunFuji Apples!!
So, in the spirit of acclimatisation I am starting my own competition. All Japan Best Baked Cheesecake Competition. Submissions to H Fukase c/o Azusagawa Post Office. Trust me, that'll get to me. :) You don't do baked cheesecake? Ok. I'll open the category up a bit- All Japan Best Sweet Something Competition. What do you think? Winner, or what?