Tuna trum­pet Tokyo mar­ket re­open­ing

Shanghai Daily - - WORLD - (AP)

TOKYO’S fa­mous fish mar­ket re­opened yes­ter­day at a new lo­ca­tion but re­tained its most fa­mous tra­di­tion: the tuna auc­tion.

The cus­tom­ary clang­ing of bells opened the auc­tion for raw and frozen tuna, which crammed the huge ware­house wall-to-wall, at the wa­ter­front Toyosu fa­cil­ity. The rhyth­mi­cal shouts of the auc­tion­eers and the spe­cial hand sig­nals by the bid­ders that fol­lowed were un­changed from Tsuk­iji, the smaller, more ac­ces­si­ble home the mar­ket re­cently left af­ter more than eight decades.

The top bid for tuna, a del­i­cacy much like pre­mium-grade beef in Ja­pan, was 4.28 mil­lion yen (US$38,000), not an un­usu­ally high price for qual­ity tuna.

The more than 400 kinds of seafood at the mar­ket come from all over Ja­pan, as well as from abroad, in­clud­ing oc­to­pus, eel, sea urchin and other items spe­cial to Ja­panese cui­sine.

The mar­ket serves top res­tau­rants and ev­ery­day su­per­mar­kets alike. The move was de­layed for two years be­cause of wor­ries about con­tam­i­na­tion, in­clud­ing ar­senic, at the Toyosu site. Mea­sures were taken to en­sure safety, such as bet­ter wa­ter pumps and ex­tra con­crete seal­ing.

Tokyo Gov­er­nor Yuriko Koike at­tended the open­ing and ex­pressed hopes for the lo­ca­tion’s suc­cess.

“Of course, things are dif­fer­ent here,” she said of how the new place may take get­ting used to. “We must build the Toyosu brand, day by day, to make it a sym­bol of Tokyo, and of Ja­pan. I hope to move for­ward with all of you.”

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