We visited Tokyo Central Wholesale Market (commonly referred to as Tsukiji Fish Market) on consecutive two mornings. On the first morning, we realised within minutes of arriving that we’d made a rather large error: we’d had breakfast beforehand. What we should have done was saved ourselves for breakfast at the Market. So the only remedy for that was to come again the next day.
To be honest, I didn’t take as many photos as I had anticipated. I was very conscious of the market sellers and the fact that many of them displayed “No photo” signs. And I understood it completely, of course. It must be annoying to be considered a tourist destination when you’re trying to make a living. The typical tourist is unlikely to buy a side of tuna or a bag of mushrooms, no matter how good the fresh produce looks, unless said tourist has access to a kitchen in which to cook all that stuff. I felt a pang of sympathy for the vendors combined with a touch of guilt as I wandered around the market. I tried to take photos discreetly, and endeavoured to stay out of the way of the locals who were working or going about their daily business. Of course, it goes without saying that all the produce looked super fresh and appealing, I did wish we could’ve loaded up our bags with a generous selection to cook and savour for ourselves.
Thankfully, we were able to have breakfast there, too, at a sushi restaurant where I couldn’t help but be fascinated by the man behind the counter whose fast and expert fingers were the shortest I’ve seen…!