TOKYO: The cries of the raucous pre-dawn tuna auction rang out for the first time at Tokyo’s new fish market on Thursday (Oct 11),…
TOKYO: The cries of the raucous pre-dawn tuna auction rang out for the first time at Tokyo’s new fish market on Thursday (Oct 11), just days after the world-famous Tsukiji market closed the door on an 83-year history.
The location may have changed but the ritual remained the same: huge frozen whole tuna laid out on the ground, bells tolling to sound the start of the auction and a loud and bewildering system of bidding understood only by those taking part.
“There we go. We’re off,” said Kiyoshi Kimura, one of the celebrities of the sushi world, who owns the Zanmai Sushi chain and has previously paid record prices for tuna at New Year auctions.
“We won’t get the same prices today,” he told AFP with a smile.
On Sunday, after an emotional final tuna auction the previous day, the Tsukiji market’s famed “turret trucks” – one-man flatbeds with a barrel-shaped steering column at the front – began the mass exodus to the new site.
However, the move was a lengthy and controversial process. Few would contest the fact that Tsukiji was past its prime, and there were concerns about outdated fire regulations and hygiene controls.

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