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September 16, 2009
From journal Terrific Tokyo
by wasa girl
July 7, 2008
From journal Two Weeks in Japan
January 12, 2008
From journal Tokyo-a-go-go!
by viv viv
Los Angeles, California
December 8, 2006
From journal Japan Trip
October 27, 2006
From journal So, What Else is in Tokyo Besides Disneyland?
November 22, 2005
From journal Two Months in Japan
July 3, 2003
I loved wandering around, witnessing all the gruesome-looking octopus tentacles and bags of uni (sea urchin). It's fascinating watching the breakdown of a gigantic whole tuna into small portions to be sold to eager fish-loving locals, ready to roll it into sushi or dip it in shoyu and wasabi.
After all that, find your way to one of the sushi bars in the area, where they will serve you the best and freshest fish you are ever likely to have the priviledge of tasting, stopping perhaps on the way for a warm sweet rice drink that you can enjoy on the street.
There are also various other shops where you can purchase sandals and hats and big fat carving knives and all kinds of random objects that might unexpectedly come into use. I thoroughly recommend a visit, particularly if you love fish as I do. You won't regret it.
From journal Tokyo in the winter
by Sweet Willie
Des Plaines, Illinois
February 10, 2003
If you keep walking into the back, you will see endless stalls with endless varieties of live seafood: eels, scallops, shrimp, and many I could not even identify.
There are also food stalls in various locations for some of the freshest sushi you will ever eat.
From journal Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, & Mt. Fu
August 23, 2002
The fish auction starts at 5AM for seafood wholesalers, and restaurant owners get in on the action of the auction at 7AM. There are about 1200 wholesaler shops, along with some sushi bars and food stalls. It is fascinating to walk about and see all the variety of the "catches of the day". Take a casual stroll around the many stalls, with all sorts of tuna, squid, crab, shrimp, and other you-name-it-we-got-it sea creatures. Some are still kept alive in fish tanks or big styrofoam buckets, and the locals take great pride in handling the fresh seafood. Most of the seafood products are sold to large and small local restaurants, but some small portions are also sold to individuals too.
The locals here do not seem to mind that tourists come out to check out this free-form equivalent of an aquarium, as the early hours holds the potential size of such a crowd down. Just stay out of the way of the men dragging huge slabs of fish and fresh seafood, some riding in little motorized vehicles. Do not wear your finest outfit here, as water and flopping fish and whatnot may splash you! The surrounding neighborhood is relatively blue-collar and faceless, but you are not far at all from the action in central Tokyo.
From journal Bill in Japan - modern TOKYO
July 11, 2001
The Tsukiji market handles close to 3000 tons of marine products totaling close to 30 million a day. In scale, it is incomparable. It must be the biggest fish market in the world. Upon getting to the market, head straight for the main attraction-the tuna auction. There, seas of freshly-caught and flash-frozen tunas weighing hundreds of pounds would have been laid out in lines on the floors of the market. At 5:30 a.m. the tuna auction starts. "How much do you bid?," the auctioneer of a wholesale firm, who typically would stand on top of a vegetable crate, asks in a loud voice. Answering this, a lot of authorized buyers bid against each other. The auction then moves on to the next fish in a frenetic pace. It is said that some fish sells up to $60,000 (yes, I mean US dollar) each. The name of the successful purchaser is marked on the tuna. At about 7:00am, bidders and other retailers from the market will carry the tuna priced at auction to their own stalls and lay them out so that caterers and other purchasers can buy them easily. There, besides tuna, there are some other 400+ fishes from all around the world of every imaginable variety. The colors are eye-popping, and the market is just a great feast for the eyes. After you have walked some of these stalls, head to the rear of the market where heaps of styrofoam stretching up tens of feet are heat-treated and recycled. It is an amazing sight to behold.
From journal Tokyo on a Budget