Tokyo's Famous Tsukiji Fish Market Closed Its Door After Operating For 83 Years - The Coverage

Tokyo’s Famous Tsukiji Fish Market Closed Its Door After Operating For 83 Years

Pretty sure you’ve heard of the world’s most popular fish market, well, after 83 years in operation looks like it’s the end of an era for Tsukiji wholesale fish market in Tokyo, Japan.

Source: The Telegraph

Famed for its variety of fresh seafood and early morning tuna auctions, the inner section of the Tsukiji Market auctioned off its last hunk of fish on Saturday morning, October 6.

Source: The Telegraph

The Tsukiji Market is believed to be the biggest fish and seafood market in the world and has been home to hundreds of vendors selling fresh seafood and produce since 1935. It is considered a historical landmark in Tokyo.

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The market is split into two distinct sections – the inner and outer market.

The inner market was where the famous tuna auctions were held daily at the crack of dawn, in addition, to housing over 900 licensed seafood dealers.

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Meanwhile, the outer market is a mix of wholesalers and retailers selling seafood, groceries, kitchenware, and sweet desserts, as well as restaurants offering fresh sushi breakfast, ramen, and soba.

Source: The Telegraph

According to CNN, vendors sell about five million pounds of seafood from all over the world on an average day to an assorted clientele that includes Michelin-starred restaurants and other companies.

Following the market’s closure, some 800 vendors will be relocating to a new site on the man-made island of Toyosu in Tokyo Bay.

Source: CNN

The Toyosu Fish Market is scheduled to start operating on 16 October.

It is made know that the new facility is fully-enclosed and fully air-conditioned, giving off a more visitor-friendly vibe compared to the hustle and bustle of Tsukiji.

Fortunately, the tuna auctions will continue to happen at the new site, although visitors will be pleased to know that they no longer have to get reservation tickets to view the auction.

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Apparently, the move has actually been in the works for about two decades after city officials expressed concern for the market’s advancing age and dilapidating structure. In fact, the relocation was supposed to happen in 2016, but had to be postponed after the soil on which the new facility was being built was found to have been contaminated by chemicals.

Source: CNN

According to Says, the move encountered quite a bit of controversy. With citizens voicing concerns about losing yet another of Tokyo’s historical sites, some markets’ vendors and workers protested against the move in the days leading up to its eventual closure.

You must be wondering, what’s going to happen to the old Tsukiji Fish Market, well, while the retail section in the outer layer will continue to operate, the wholesale inner market will be razed in the coming months to make way for a transit hub for buses just in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!

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Source: NY Times

Goodbye historical Tsujiki Fish Market, hello new Tosoyu Fish Market!

(Source: Says)

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