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An early morning at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

I have no decent sleep—because I slept in a sauna last night. I woke at 4:30 a.m not because I had to go to Tsukiji Market to watch the tuna auction which starts at 5:30. Yes, I know it’s too early for a traveler to wake up, right? But, who would miss a live tuna auction? 😉
I had a very quick shower and hurried down to the subway station as fast as I could. I arrived at the fish market just on time for the auction. There were sooooo many foreign visitors who were already there—with cameras pointed at different directions.
Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Flash photography is NOT allowed here. And you have to be in one designated place where they allow ooglers to observe the whole bidding process.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Frozen tunas are everywhere on the floor. I have never seen too many fish tuna in my life! The auction is only open to the public from 5:00-6:15 in the morning.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Before the bidding started, buyers were allowed to go around to inspect the frozen fish tuna.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

When the auction started, everyone was encouraged to keep quiet so that buyers can hear the prices clearly.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

After the bidding process, each buyer got their share.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

They went directly to the saw room.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.

And cut the frozen fish tuna into pieces like this.

Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Outside the market are tiny restaurants (can only accommodate 5-10 people inside) where fresh sushi and other raw fish dishes are prepared and served. I passed by these restaurants and the queues were long.

So instead, I went to a nearby coffee shop and had a latte. But before I exited the fish market, I had an obligatory photo with the poor fish tuna.

Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Japan.

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