Sadly, the Tsukiji Market is in its last year. It’s being relocated to a slightly more inconvenient location in Toyosu. This means a few things, the area around Tsukiji hopefully can survive and almost every publication that has printed about the market will need to reprint. Yikes!

So we arrived pretty late. Woke up with intentions of leaving at 4am but actually left at 445, got to the market and pretty much missed all the large tuna auction. We were able to sneak in and walk around a bit to capture some of the preparations that goes on daily. Enjoy

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We stayed in Roppongi which made getting there a breeze. Its only about a 8 minute taxi ride to Tsukiji.

 

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I seriously need to understand characters.

 

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The crew for the early morning trip. Dat, Anthony, Elizabeth & Andrew from NYC and myself.

 

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Very early in the morning but these guys were ready to sell!

 

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I didn’t know have the stuff people were preparing but it smelled delicious.

 

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Yes it was that cold. Chillin without a freezer.

 

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Dat caught a very big tuna.

 

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Andrew found a cool mask.

 

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This little guy didn’t get away.

 

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MMMMMMmmmmm….

 

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They were about 2 times the size the last time I went to the market here. Still a decent size though.

 

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Clammy.

 

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Breakfast at 5am!

 

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& some tai chi.

 

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Katsuobushi.

 

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Not sure what this is.

 

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Daylight!

 

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Traditional meets Skyscraper.

Mark Arcenal

Creative Director at Illest Worldwide
Founded Fatlace in 1999. Lived the Agency life for over a decade and then moved to client side and helped in launching the biggest brand Nike has to date, Nike Sportswear as the Global Digital Lead. Today, he's the Creative Director for Fatlace and clothing line, ILLEST.

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