Visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market is what jet-lagged tourists do when in Tokyo. They look at temples and shopping malls too but the fish market is one of the main draws for tourists and normal people when in the city.
Opened in 1935, it is the world’s largest fish market selling approximately 660,000 tons a year. It is being moved next year, at least the wholesale market. It’s possible there will be a fish-themed shopping mall put in its place. Or perhaps a giant smart phone, sportswear and Pokémon Go emporium.
I asked the vendor what this was. He said, ” Oyster – big motherfucker.” He had spent three years in New York City.
Tiny crabs. They are cooked before they are eaten. A good thing for everyone.
Industrial strength cooking.
Real wasabi (Wasabia japonica).
Fish. (rather obviously)
Some kind of sea snail. A little chewy, like muscular snot. Yum.
Something to drink with lunch. Barrels of sake.
I asked a Japanese friend, “What will happen when we have eaten all the fish?”
She said, “What do you mean ?”