3:00 am in the morning and in Tsukiji Market (Tokyo, JAP) begins the day ...
In the world's largest fish market (there are more than 70,000 employees, including wholesalers, auctioneers, officials ...) traders start arriving at the huge site to attend the auction of tuna. Most of these will seek to take a copy below 70 € / kl.
At 5:20 hr, the most famous auction begins. Throughout the year more than 700,000 kilos of fish pass through, valued at 6,000 million euros. The undisputed star of this market is undoubtedly the bluefin tuna. At 6:00 am, thousands of tuna are already traveling by truck to their destinations. The rest stays in the more than 500 positions that there are around the enclosure and that run, normally, families of fishermen. Coinciding with the sunrise, Tsukiji is filled with hungry tourists and eager to have breakfast. It is time for restaurants to bring out their best stocks of sashimis and nigiris. The streets that surround the market become authentic chaos between shouts of merchants and pushes of tourists and customers. After noon, the day is coming to an end and all Tsukiji workers collect their things and go home ... Tomorrow awaits them, again, a tough day in the market.
Tsukiji Market opened its doors in 1935 but, it seems, an uncertain future awaits. Its imminent change of location to a new area in the periphery of Tokyo and especially the recent inclusion of Bluefin tuna as a "marine species in serious danger of extinction" by ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas), they raise many questions to the metropolitan government, who sees in the tuna business a safe value for its economy.