Tsukiji Fish Market: Tokyo, Japan

April 20, 2016

On our last day in Tokyo we visited the Tsukiji Fish Market in Chuo, Tokyo, just a few blocks away from our hotel in Ginza. The Tsukiji Market is known to be the world’s largest fish market. Handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day, it’s no wonder its world famous and a major tourist attraction, though tourists aren’t necessarily welcomed in a happy manner. (I was yelled at by a fish dude..) It is also the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers for all of Tokyo. Let me just say, this is the best experience I’ve ever had in a market place. (And the most fun!) First of all, with it being a large manufacturer of fish and seafood, you would naturally expect that the air would smell of rotting fish and guts. I was definitely wrong. Not at all did the market smell fishy like a Vons or Albertson’s fish counter. The fish was so fresh you could not at all pick up the smell of fish, despite all of the fish guts that casually were laid around and dealt with at the scene. I saw some sea creatures I had never even seen before and it was super rad. The only issue for me was how narrow the market was, and I kept almost slipping on myself since the ground was coated in water. We also had to haul-butt to get through the market fast so it was often hard for me to take photos since I’m super slow. But, I am pretty satisfied with how they came out, considering how dark the inside of the market was. That was definitely a challenge when I was editing these photos. We also cruised around the Tsukiji Outer Market outside of the main market and snacked on tomago on a stick and bought a few snacks. My dad also got a sweet sashimi knife. It was a great start to our day!

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