Tsukiji Market Before It Closed
I went to the Tsukiji Fish Market on Saturday morning at 9am which was very late. Usually if you want to buy high quality fish, most people go thereat 5–6am. It was an extremely big market place as you can see from the picture above. Most of the people here are buying for their restaurant to sell to customers later and of course some people come here to buy food for themselves/family.
I think I must have walked almost half a mile from one end to the other. They had huge pieces of fish. My Japanese friend was looking for a very big piece of Tuna which they usually use the huge swords as you can see below to cut the fish. You might be lucky enough to see some cutting action, unless you can’t stand the sight of blood.
They had a variety of fishes alive or dead including baby lobsters, salmon, maguro, etc. All fishes were as fresh as possible and caught this morning (few hours ago). As soon as they have sold everything, they close down. (usually around noon)
They even sold fugu (pufferfish)
There was a vegetable market near Tsukiji market which sells high quality but high priced vegetables. They had interesting fruits like a square watermelon as shown below. According to the shop worker, they used to have a heart shaped watermelon before. Not sure why and how they did this but I doubt the taste changes much. Also, you have to pay about 5 times the amount as a normal watermelon.
Tsukiji Market has closed down on October 6, 2018 and moved to Toyosu. It is now…