みかん山? (Tokyo vocabulary sentence)

Came across this example sentence for the level 6 vocab 東京:

東京えきから中川えきまででんしゃで行って、中川えきからみかん山までバスで行きます。

We will take a train from Tokyo station to Nakagawa station, and then we will take a bus from Nakagawa station to Mikan mountain.

I was curious about this みかん山 since I knew that みかん means mandarin orange, so I DuckDuckGo-ed it…and got this:

https://www.mikanyama-pro.com/

Did the Crabigator purposely leave out a strange breadcrumb trail for us to follow? Or did the internet waylay me? All I know is the website has something to do with musical おばちゃん.

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Well I don’t have any answers, but back when I was studying for the JLPT, one of the practice papers kept mentioning an イチゴ山 as a place in one of the questions. This just furthers my belief that somewhere in Japan, there are mysterious fruit mountains that the Japanese like to keep secret from us :thinking:.

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Both of these made me think of produce on sale in piles. The counter for piles of produce is 山, as in 一山ひとやま, 二山ふたやま, etc.

I don’t think you could just attach 山 directly to a fruit to express the same idea, but just felt like sharing.

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What’s going on lol

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There’s a みかん山 in Kanagawa Prefecture. It’s not a bus-ride from Nakagawa Station, though, so possibly I’ve got the wrong one. (You can get there by bus from Ninomiya Station, though, which is one train ride from Tokyo Station.)

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My god, I think you’re onto something. These fruit mountains could be the equivalent to the Japanese Area 51.

And just on time, here comes Leebo the government agent with the cover story! You won’t fool us!

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