Tokyo’s iconic Tsukiji Market caught in relocation drama
TOKYO’S Tsukiji Market is a reigning force for all things seafood, a chaotic space into which large hunks of fish and curls of octopus are wheeled.
For a market acclaimed as the “biggest in the world”, Tsukiji handles over 480 varieties of fish (1,800 tonnes) and 270 types (1,160 tonnes) of fruit and vegetables daily.
Besides the famed tuna auction and frenetic energy of the market, visitors also throng the market for the many sushi restaurants serving ultra-fresh sashimi cut at acute angles, freshly grilled tuna and salmon steaks slick with soy sauce, and creamy sea urchin still in their thorny pods.
Due to safety concerns at its current space, the market was slated to move to a new location in Toyosu late last year. But unsafe groundwater samples and flooding halted the move.
It was reported over 70 percent of Tsukiji vendors opposed the move over concerns of soil pollution as the new market was built on the site of a former gas plant.
Vendors has suggested the current Tsukiji site be redeveloped instead.