Tsukiji Fish Market

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Tsukiji Fish Market

We all got up around 5 am, and hurriedly got ready to go check out the Tsukiji Fish Market.  The early morning  fish auction here used to be a popular tourist attraction, but it became so crowded with people that tourists are no longer allowed!  (If they were, we would have had to get up at 3 am!)  Instead, we toured the famous fish market, which is like a giant warehouse of every kind of fish imagineable.  If it lives in the sea, you could probably find it here!  We had to be careful not to be run over by one of the many small motorized scooter-carts that were being driven constantly down the aisles, as we walked among the stalls. Giant frozen tunas were being cut into slices with bandsaws, large Char were being cut by hand with long machete-like knives.

Cutting up fish with bandsaws
  Boxes and buckets of eels, clams, whelks, squid, octopi, and every type of fish you could think of, were stacked and piled high.  There were hundreds of workers there, and every single one was actively involved in processing or transporting some type of seafood product.  We walked around all the stalls, taking in the sights, being careful not to get run over!  When we were bored of that, we walked to an adjacent shopping area to look for breakfast.

We wanted to have sushi for breakfast  (it would seem like the thing to do around here!)  You cannot get sushi fresher...  it is literally right off the boat....unloaded less than 100 yards away just a couple hours ago!  We found a nice little place in the market area that was empty except for us.

yum...sushi!
( it was still before 7 am)   We ordered the biggest variety platter they had, and watched the proprietor expertly prepare it in front of us.  Doug was a sushi virgin, and was more that a little nervous about trying raw fish for the first time!  He even asked us if he could have his "fried up a little"     Haha, no, sorry!  Whan in Rome, ya know?   Still, despite his reservations, he was willing to give it the old college try.  Actually, can you think of a better place to try sushi for the first time, than outside the biggest fish market in Tokyo??  He ate about 3/4ths of what was put in front of him, but passed the rest off on Dave and Lee, who happily took the extra servings.   It was excellent, many varieties wrapped and rolled in rice with just a touch of Wasabi, and saucers of soy sauce for dipping.   By the end, Doug was looking about as green as the Wasabi!  They also gave us soup and green tea to complete the meal.    It was only around 7:30am when we finished breakfast,  so we took the subway back to the hotel to get ready for the rest of the day.

dmae712 says:
this was amazing wasn't it! i missed all the sushi places though!
Posted on: Jun 04, 2007
Metyka says:
Oh, you very punny :)
Posted on: May 21, 2007
WaltJake says:
Not till we got to China, then he really hit The Wall :)
Posted on: Apr 28, 2007
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Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market
Cutting up fish with bandsaws
Cutting up fish with bandsaws
yum...sushi!
yum...sushi!
where calamari comes from...or is …
where calamari comes from...or is…
huge warehouse-type area
huge warehouse-type area
we ran the constant risk of being …
we ran the constant risk of being…
Giant warehouse of fish
Giant warehouse of fish
ehh...hello!
ehh...hello!
decapitated!
decapitated!
Box of eels, anyone?
Box of eels, anyone?
That round pink thing was one of t…
That round pink thing was one of …
quite the varity of shellfish
quite the varity of shellfish
taking it all in
taking it all in
everyone there kept busy
everyone there kept busy
some of the fish was frozen solid,…
some of the fish was frozen solid…
it was a busy hubbub of activity
it was a busy hubbub of activity
The dock next to the market, where…
The dock next to the market, wher…
wandering over to a sushi place fo…
wandering over to a sushi place f…
we walked down the market aisles, …
we walked down the market aisles,…
They had plenty of vegetables, too
They had plenty of vegetables, too
The sushi place we found...have NO…
The sushi place we found...have N…
Doug is more than a little nervous!
Doug is more than a little nervous!
breakfast!
breakfast!
Doug was not thrilled to eat raw f…
Doug was not thrilled to eat raw …
They gave us soup and green tea as…
They gave us soup and green tea a…
Doug looking a little green!
Doug looking a little green!
Tsukiji Fish Market
photo by: WaltJake