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Tsukiji / Japan

Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, the site of Japan’s legendary tuna auctions and arguably the most famous seafood market in the world, is in it’s final days. Although it’s a regular pilgramage site for both for chefs and foodies, the original location will close in November to make way for the 2020 Olympics. Photographer Shinsuke Matsukawa captured this shot of this icon’s numbered final days.

Published on Jul 1, 2016

By sunrise, Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market is already several hours into its working day. The auctions are complete, the prized seafood in every form imagineable—and some unimagineable—is in the hands of the middlemen, and is being portioned for sale. By 8 a.m., most of the fish has been carved, sliced and divided by knowing hands with the highest quality Japanese blades, then carted off in every direction by restaurateurs and seafood sellers. That’s the way it’s been for 80 years but, come November, the market will move to a new location, making way for a development linked to the 2020 Olympics. So, get to this landmark while you can for the quintessential Japanese breakfast: some of the freshest sushi you’ll ever savor, accompanied by a beer.



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