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Tsukiji Fish Market Part 3 - Unusual Sea Creatures at Wholesalers Market

Aside from the tuna auctions, Tsukiji Fish Market consisted of the Wholesalers Market, the massive area of stalls right next to the warehouses and the Outer Market.

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Sold tuna from the auction, as well as all kinds of other seafood, seemed to make their way next to the Wholesalers Market, if they weren't bound for any other destination.

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You can see various transport vehicles for all the fish produce in this video below:



At the Wholesalers Market, produce portions were reduced further for sale to individuals and restaurant buyers, who we saw were perusing the goods, purchasing and carrying them away in their baskets.

Large chunks of tuna were displayed in glass cases that were sometimes lit, and from a distance, reminded me of watermelon slices.

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Predictably, our browsing through the Wholesalers market was a quieter experience than the hustle and bustle of the tuna auction, and revealed a menagerie of sea creatures in various states of life.

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Lobsters were particularly active, with this fella below trying to make a break for it.

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You can see him in the video below as well as a glimpse of other Tsukiji Fish Market stalls:



I found the octopus interesting for some reason, although there were plenty of other creatures that I'd never seen before.

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The squid were easily recognisable with their distinct elongated forms and I found these fish to be wrapped in an eye-catching fashion.

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With some stalls having purchased complete tuna, it was our chance to get a little closer, as Linh tries one out for size.

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Hong Kong has plenty of fish markets, a few of which I'd previously visited and photographed, but none were as massive or diverse as Tsukiji Fish Market. Considering that the ones I saw in HK were closer in the city, it's understandable that they also harboured a stronger fishy smell. Tsukiji Fish Market closes completely by 1pm for cleaning, giving ample opportunity to keep the smell out

Considering the amount of sea produce shifting in the market, it was no surprise to see mountains of polystyrene boxes...

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A thorough wander around the Wholesalers Market built up our appetite, so Linh and I both agreed it was time for an early morning sushi breakfast.

More about our sushi experience in the next post and our visit to the Outer Market in the post after.

More photos of the Tsukiji Fish Market gallery on Flickr


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