So, we actually got up at 5 A.M. today to go experience the Tsukiji Fish Market in all its insanity…it did not disappoint. It is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind.
Here’s a better description found online than I could ever come up with:
“Tsukiji Central Wholesale Market is a large market for fish, fruit and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, fruit, vegetables, meat and flowers for metropolitan Tokyo.
Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world’s largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. The sight of the many kinds of fresh fish, shellfish and other seafood and the busy atmosphere of scooters, trucks, sellers and buyers hurrying around, make Tsukiji Market one of Tokyo‘s major tourist attractions.”
As you might imagine, the pace of the place is NUTS. So with that, away we go…
This guy cutting the massive tuna was using a sword-like knife that would make a Shogun warrior jealous.
The endless colors and variety of seafood was just incredible. You definitely feel like a tourist sticking out like a sore thumb, but for the most part, all the folks working there are pretty cool about you taking pictures, and in general getting in their way!