Tsukiji Fish Market

I am back in Tucson now, adjusting to normal life.  My trip around the world was indeed a grand journey.  I traveled 35,115 air miles.  Here is the breakdown.

Miles
Tucson Dallas 810
Dallas Ft Myers 1020
Ft Myers Dubai 8269
Dubai Hong Kong 3682
Hong Kong Auckland 5680
Auckland Queenstown 636
Queenstown Wellington 398
Auckland Melbourne 1640
Melbourne Adelaide 398
Adelaide Singapore 3359
Singapore Tokyo 3293
Tokyo Portland 4810
Portland Tucson 1120
35115

Fortunately, the last day of my trip was the most amazing.  I took a tour of the Tsukiji  Fish Market, and it was a glorious sunny Tokyo  day in the dead of winter.  The Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the world and home to the worlds finest tuna.  In 2013, a single bluefin tuna sold for $1.8 million.  The market has an interior core composed of 700 fish vendors.  At 5:30 am every day, there is a fish auction.  Surrounding the wholesale market are 400 retail vendors selling all manner of fish and other edible delights.  At 10:00 am, the wholesale market is open to the public.  The market is overwhelming.

The market was slated to move from the heart of Tokyo to an industrial suburb in November 2016; however, the move was postponed due to political opposition.  It is much like the move  of the famed  Paris wholesale food market, Les Halles.  When Les Halles moved and was replaced by a rather soulless shopping mall, many claimed that the heart of Paris had been ripped out.  It remains unclear whether the Tsukiji Fish Market will actually move, despite the fact that the new market is mostly built.

I finished off the afternoon in the Asakusa neighborhood, which has many temples and a charming traditional Japanese shopping area.

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The Wholesale Market

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The End of the Wholesale Market

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Prime Bluefin

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Every Variety of Fish

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Tuna Heads Are the Symbol of Authenticity

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Flash Frozen Tuna For Sushi

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Tuna in the Wholesale Market

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Swordfish

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A Variety of Fish in the Wholesale Market

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Some Big Knifes

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A View of the Wholesale Market

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A Great day in Tokyo

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The Retail Market

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Fresh Tuna!

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Another Tuna Head

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The Shellfish Dealer

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Sushi Choices Are Epic

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A Little Kobi Beef for Variety

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More Tuna

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Scallops and Prawns

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Tokyo Skytree

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Traditional Shopping in Asakusa

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A Temple in Asakusa

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Another View of the Skytree

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Worship in a Shrine

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An Old School Shopping Street

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My Tour Guide and a Guy From Philly

3 thoughts on “Tsukiji Fish Market

  1. Hi Brad … Nice to see you are back in Tucson. So enjoyed reading about your travels on the blog. I think of you often. When in Seattle give me a call. Be well – Brenda Herndon Chandler

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  2. Hi Brad! I’ve so enjoyed your photos and reading of your travels. Can’t express how how great it is to see you after all the years! Sending my love and prayers.
    ~Sarah Metz Edmond

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