Japan Part 4: Tsukiji

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Tsukiji is the large fish market in Tokyo. We went early in the morning, around 6 AM. The inner market, where fisherman deliver their bounty and all the top restaurants purchase their fish, is about one square block. There are also a couple blocks of outdoor markets that pander more to the casual consumer with stalls selling seafood, table ware, food, and of course, sushi.

 

Huge tuna, you won’t find this in a can.

Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

Not sure what this is…Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

They cut the tuna with swords.Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

 

Squid in squid ink. Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

It was early, I had no makeup on, my hair is a mess, and we got a little too close to the tuna auction and were asked to leave. Of course, we promptly went back into the main part of the market, but kept our distance from the tuna auction.

Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

Octopus!Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

And after seeing so much fresh fish, we went and got sushi for breakfast! It was amazingly fresh, and probably the best sushi I’ve ever had. The salmon roe burst in your mouth like little ocean bubbles. Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, photo by Mari Chiba (C) Mari Knits

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