This year I bought the Imagine pumpkin from a farm shop in Fujino for Y300.
I didn't cut the face features this year, so I could protect inside. Instead I stuck black paper to make the eyes, nose and mouth.
And then...Monday this week I took a big knife...and killed the Jack O Lantern!
I made pumpkin and potato stew, and tonight with the other half I will make pumpkin soup.
In fact the taste is not at all like Japanese pumpkin. It tastes more like zuchhini or marrow. But delicious!