Tsukiji Fish Market: The Wall Street of Seafood

Business Insider: “The Tsukiji Fish Market is located in the Tsukiji district in central Tokyo. It is bordered by the swanky shopping district Ginza and the Sumida River … The market has become one of the top tourist attractions in Japan, but it wasn’t intended that way. It’s a place for business. Restaurant and market owners come every day to pick the choicest pieces of seafood for their business.”

“More fish passes through Tsukiji than any other market in the world. Some estimates suggest that the market does more than $4 billion in business a year … The market sells over 480 different types of seafood each day, as well as 270 different types of produce. Harvard anthropology professor Ted Bestor, who studies Japanese sushi culture, has called it ‘the nerve center of a global fishing industry’.”

“The tuna in the market is delivered from all over the world frozen or on ice less than 24 hours after being caught. Then the fishmongers have to clean and defrost the giant fish … The wholesalers then cut the tuna into sellable pieces for the top sushi restaurants in the city. Some wholesalers will even massage the fish or have conversations with it as they cut … After you’re done touring, head to any of the sushi joints in the main market for a kaisendon, or sushi-rice bowl. Unless you’ve been to 3-Michelin-starred Sukiyabashi Jiro, it will likely be the best you’ve ever had.”


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