Sunday, November 08, 2009

Leave Your Teeth at the Door

A trip to the Tsukiji Fish Market is one that must be on ever visitors' itinerary to Tokyo. Apparently 2246 tonnes of fish are sold in this market daily and it's an experience you won't soon forget. I wasn't able to make it to the auction area which is open to the public between 5am-6.15am, however at 7am the action is still frenetic. Unbelievably there were 1 or 2 women there in high heels and skirts, although I wouldn't recommend this due to the uneven ground and amount of water that's sprayed around. Keep your wits about you and travel light are my suggestions as fast vehicles navigate the narrow passageways in all directions, while pedestrians browse the offerings from the seemingly endless shopfronts.
I'm not sure if this is true, but someone told me that there is a language that they speak which is not recognisable to even the Japanese! Apparently this is to communicate with each other with regard to prices etc. Anything and everything seafood related is sold, while fishmongers quite rightfully take their job seriously at times using long samurai like swords to through fish with clinical ease.
The early morning surveying the vast amounts of potential food was just a cruel tease to an empty stomach, and it wasn't long before my stomach was yearning for some sustenance.
Entering a relatively large sushi shop, customers -as usual- are greeted enthusiastically, and I selected a set consisting of Tuna, Salmon, Scallop, Albacore, Prawn, Egg, Crab, Amber Jack and Tuna Hand Rolls. The team of chefs were willing to take pictures and take part in some friendly banter, as hungry customers had their orders fulfilled right before their eyes. The consistency and freshness almost meant that I didn't need to chew. Honestly! Having had sushi at other times in Tokyo, I can safely say that was the best I've had.


  1. that's just incredible that the fishmongers use swords to slice and dice the tuna!

    and your meal looks fantastic!

  2. Agree with jfox and that tuna looks like some serious 'meat' one could be mistaken for thinking it was sides of beef!

    Read an article on overfishing of tuna and was shocked at figures. Reduction in more than 90% bluefin and ~70% yellowfin tuna, while albacore and flipjack (usually for canned tuna) is still okay for now but need to find a sustainable way to satisfy consumers and conserve the species!

    Damn you tuna for being so tasty!!!

    Love the photos and write up!


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