For ASE BOUND’s Sweat Revolution, the second adventure, we were lucky enough to go visit the Tsukiji Fish Market before it is moved to Toyosu on October 11th.
First, we each put on a pair of boots to help protect our feet from all the trolleys carrying fish all over the place.
Even though they were in such a hurry, we thought it was very nice of them to be extra careful and look out for us, always making sure to go slower and check their surroundings when pass close to us and others.
Inside the market, we were able to witness firsthand the tuna auction as well as them being cut up and prepared for transport.
We were excited to be able to see the fish before they were cut up too! They were pretty big!
Even though it was barely past 6 in the morning, we were surprised to see there were only very few fish remaining to be sold!
It was only as we were walking along several small shops selling seafood and other restaurants that we fully realized just how much is going on behind the scenes before the fish arrives on our plate.
Even though the people working at Tsukiji all seemed very busy and intimidating at first, we were surprised to see just how friendly they really were as they spoke to us openly!
After we finished touring the market, we were lead to a special place from which we could enjoy an amazing wide aerial view of Tsukiji.
We were surprised to see how the market is actually curved! Seeing the place from so high up also made us realize just how big the place really was!
After spending a moment just admiring the view of the morning sun over Tsukiji, we had a chance to meet and speak with the market’s executive manager.
He told us many things, including that the biggest market was actually Oota, not Tsukiji.
僕たちは、まず “市場” というものが築地だけではなく
Upon hearing this, we were actually surprised to learn that there were quite a few more markets other than Tsukiji!
Even though it may not be the biggest in terms of area, the manager told us that it was actually still first in total revenue, reaching about 500 billion yen!
We also heard about how there were many cats in the area, how other markets were different from Tsukiji, how the moving of the market might affect the surrounding areas, and other unique insights we wouldn’t normally be able to hear.
We also remember how he told us that the cats were increasing no matter what, so they captured them and fixed them before releasing them once again. How they treated these cats with great care, as well as how they face any other issues head on left a really good impression that stayed with us.
We would like to thank Tsukiji’s executive manager very much!
After that, we spent a little while strolling around Tsukiji, enjoying the rest of our morning. We had the whole day ahead of us.
The very first Yoshinoya! Luan was very excited!
Itou Terry’s actual house-turned-shop’s fried eggs with a bit of sugar were very delicious!
We also found some very good seaweed and dashi (soup stock), some made from fish and others just seaweed!
The dashi tasted really good, as did the rice crackers! We really recommend them as souvenirs!
Even though we visited Tsukiji right before the big move to Toyosu, it was bristling with energy!
We hope that the history and culture that have been built through the decades at Tsukiji will be carried on to Toyosu. We’re also excited to see what new things develop!
We really felt like we wanted to share this experience with you, and, if possible, that you might go yourselves. It truly was an amazing experience; there are so many things to learn and be surprised at. We definitely want to go visit some of the other markets as soon as we get the chance!