ROB GOSS

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Wrote “The Last Days of Tsuk­iji,”

Tokyo-based writer Goss first vis­ited Tsuk­iji Mar­ket 15 years ago, and has been dozens of times since. “It’s an iconic Tokyo ex­pe­ri­ence for many trav­el­ers, but even af­ter liv­ing here for years, I still find the place fas­ci­nat­ing,” the Devon-born writer says. “Go­ing be­hind the scenes for this story, I saw the fresh tuna auc­tions for the first time—they’re usu­ally off-lim­its to vis­i­tors—and fol­lowed the tu­nas from the mar­ket floor into the hands of sushi chefs, mak­ing it a spe­cial fi­nal visit to the old mar­ket.” When he’s not trav­el­ing around Ja­pan re­search­ing books, Goss can of­ten be found walk­ing his dog around his neigh­bor­hood in Tokyo’s Koto Ward, where Tsuk­iji’s re­place­ment is also sit­u­ated. “I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the new Toyosu Mar­ket. I can’t imag­ine it will have the same al­lure as Tsuk­iji, but this is Tokyo; cos­met­i­cally at least, things are al­ways chang­ing. It’s one of the rea­sons I can’t imag­ine ever tir­ing of the place.”

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