Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tsukiji fish market

In one of my trips to Asia, I decided to include Tokyo on my way home for the purpose of visiting Tsukiji Market among other plans.

We booked ourselves in a little hotel in a quiet street in Ginza for proximity to the shopping Ginza's famous shopping strip, and to Tsukiji Fish Market.  Tsukiji Market is the largest whole safe fish and seafood market in the world and one of the largest wholesale market of any kind.

Although we did not get up early for the bidding on fish, we made it a point to get to the market by 9AM.
As early as we arrived, we found a nice small sushi place right in the market.

We had our breakfast at this sushi place at Tsukiji Market at 9:30AM
Freshest sushi and sashimi
Freshest variety of fish neatly arranged at the fish market

There was such a variety of seafood available besides fish.  It was fascinating!

Tsukiji Market

On the right are some clam variety that reminds me of steamers in the Northeastern coast of the United States; except these have longer "tails".

At a restaurant the following night, we had some sashimi from a giant looking mussel.  This also came from the Tsukiji Market.

After our sashimi/sushi breakfast, when we stepped out we had giant fresh oysters which were the size of your palm!
The length of the oyster meat was as long as the toothpick we used to eat it with fresh from its shell!  If I hadn't eaten the sushi before this, I could have more!
"The market is located near the Tsukijishijō Station on the Toei Ōedo Line and Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. There are two distinct sections of the market as a whole. The "inner market" (jonai shijo) is the licensed wholesale market, where the auctions and most of the processing of the fish take place, and where licensed wholesale dealers (approximately 900 of them) operate small stalls. The "outer market" (jogai shijo) is a mixture of wholesale and retail shops that sell Japanese kitchen tools, restaurant supplies, groceries, and seafood, and many restaurants, especially sushi restaurants. Most of the shops in the outer market close by the early afternoon, and in the inner market even earlier."

Well worth the trip if you're a foodie!

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