Imagine a market. Not with one or two fish stalls, but one completely dedicated to fish.
Walk through it to reach another the same. And then another. And then another. And yet more. At Tsukiji the fish seems to go on forever!
Business starts early with auctions mostly of tuna – the record price this year was more than 56 million yen (c $500,000) – but on this Saturday in December the place was still busy mid-morning.
Special motorised carts race up and down the ailes. Since my last visit the smokey diesel engines are completely gone and replaced with clean electric power.
|Super-sized mussels for sales!|
At the edge of the market are tiny restaurants most with lines of customers eager to try the freshest raw fish.
In the surrounding streets there are many kinds of food shops and stalls – as well as fish restaurant, specialists in knives and cookware, pickles, teas, seaweed, fruit and veg.