A Look into Tsukiji Fish Market

Tokyo, Japan – The bustling Tsukiji Market, officially called Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, is the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. Although best known for its seafood, the market also sells vegetables, fruit, beef and poultry. It handles more than 400 different types of seafood and employes more than 60,000 people. Together with two other Tokyo wholesale markets Tsukiji Market handles an incredible 675,000 tons of marine products a year…The first fish market in Tokyo was established near the Nihonbashi bridge, starting point of the important Tokaido road connecting Tokyo with Kyoto. After the market was leveled by the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923, it was relocated to the Tsukiji district, nearby Tokyo’s famed Ginza Avenue. A modern market was completed here in 1935 and is still used today. But not much longer. In 2014 the market is slated to be moved to new facilities on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. (By Kjeld Duits/AFLO)

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A view of Tsukiji Fish Market from atop during the early morning hours. (Photo by Kjeld Duits/AFLO)

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The fish market is usually the busiest during first light as market workers and restaurant owners crowd the vicinity. (Photo by Kjeld Duits/AFLO)

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Auctioning of tuna is among one of the notable activities at Tsukiji. (Photo by Kjeld Duits/AFLO)

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Fish market workers and outside buyers are pictured during the tuna aunction. (Photo by Kjeld Duits/AFLO)

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The wholesale area has hundreds of small stands under one large roof where buyers and sellers conduct business. (Photo by Kjeld Duits/AFLO)

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Various types of seafood are also sold in the wholesale area of the market. (Photo by Kjeld Duits/AFLO)