Tsukiji was an unlikely tourist attraction -- wet, smelly, and best at 4am -- but it provided a sense of unique place in Tokyo that appealed to visitors.
I have come to say a final goodbye to my favourite place on earth: Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. This is not merely the world’s largest fish market — it is the greatest food-themed attraction, selling everything from sea urchin’s gonads to bluefin tuna (one of which recently sold for a record £1.2m).
After years of prevarication, the whole shebang is relocating from its current location to a larger site on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. Tsukiji will close either towards the end of next year or 2015. This, then, is likely my last chance to see it. I spend hours wandering the narrow alleyways, and watch men scythe their way with precision through fish flesh with metre-long maguro-bocho blades.
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Photo credit: Inspecting the fresh tuna catch at Tsukiji Fish Market. laszlo-photo / Flickr