Monday, March 23, 2009

Largest Fish Market in the World

Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest in the world. It is famous for its tuna auctions however those are at 5am so we weren't going to see those. We did however get an early start and hopped on the metro to the market about 7am. It is without a doubt the largest market either of us have ever seen with all different kinds of fish, crabs, and shrimp.

The highlight of the market is the giant frozen tuna that the workers are carving up. These things are massive, 2 feet in diameter and 4-6 feet in length. Restaurants in Tokyo pay tens of thousands of dollars for the perfect tuna. Workers are running around, tourists are snapping pictures trying not to get in the way and trucks are coming and going continuously.  You definitely have to be paying attention as you wander around the market.

One of the interesting things that Betsy noticed was the little enclosed wooden cashier stands at the back of most of the stalls. Each was occupied by a little old lady who handled all the cash. The men worked in the front of the stall and women were entrusted with the cash. Just like home isn't it?

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