End of an era for Japanese fish market
Fishmongers and tourists alike angled for a final slice of the action as the renowned Tsukiji tuna market in Tokyo held its final auction recently. The gritty 83-year-old auction house, one of the largest seafood markets in the world, is being closed to make way for the 2020 Summer Games in the Japanese capital. One of Tokyo’s top tourist sites, it attracting as many as 42,000 visitors a day, the 23-hectare market sells about 1.6 billion yen ($18 million) of seafood on a typical day. On the final day of trading, the most expensive fish sold was a 162-kilogram tuna that fetched 4.3 million yen ($50,000), the Kyodo News Agency reported.
A buyer inspects frozen tuna before the final auction at the famous Tsukiji Market in Tokyo.