An Asian Marketplace in Tsukiji

Outside of the huge wholesale market, there spreads a bustling marketplace for ordinary buyers in Tsukiji. An Asian chaos is attractive to any visitors.

Selling fried fish paste, good for eating as it is or stewed with vegetables, as well.

Lively sales women. You can hardly go away without buying the fresh food here, TSUKUGON.

A small noodle shop along the street. The caldron invites you.

The real "Asian fast food" is noodles. Business men in suits eat it standing. Cheap and delicious. No problem!

"Tako-yaki" is the ball-shaped fried dough with tips of octopus (tako) in it. You eat it with thick worester sauce and mayonnaise steaming hot. One of the representative snacks originally from Kansai (western part of Japan).

Not only fish and foods, but also goods for fishmongers are on sale. Here are the boots, slipers etc!

Deep in the maze-like back alleys are small diners of all kinds.

Stand bars and stalls of fresh fish menues are jam-packed in the alleys for international visitors of all ages.

You put slices of raw tuna on steamed rice with soy sauce. You'll never forget the taste of "Maguro (tuna) Donburi (bowl)."

"Here is the tuna I bought this morning! I cut it into parts. See, isn't it great?" said the master of the shop. "Yes, indeed. May I take a photo?" I said. "Why not? Take as many as you like." "Well, thanks!"

A live robster. Among the imported sea products, it is labeled "Japanese."

Blocks of tuna. All kinds from "oo-toro" (full of best quality of fat), "chu-toro" (including a little fat of good quality)--both are precious materials for sushi. Beside them are brightly shining boiled crabs and shrimps.

They are alive in plastic boxes. The crabs are moving covered with scob.

Cuttlefish, seashells, and many more. When I think of how to cook them all, I feel dizzy. Hoever, what a rich tradition of cooking we have here in this country!

Besides live fish, dried ones are rich as well. Under the bare electric lumps, they are proudly shining.

Shoppers know what are good things to buy. Men and women are looking at fish and all other goods sternly, standing still.

Rich stock of spices. In a small shop, they are amazingly well displayed. Soppers are watching them with interests.

A shop of kitchenware. Full of variety of sizes. As for some goods, I have no idea how to use them.

Ikura, tarako, kazunoko (kinds of fish ovary) and shrimps: they are demonstrating themselves in colorful packages. Fish are not the only stars of thsi market.

Small goods for shop keepers are also important materials sold here. Behind the mountainous merchandise is sitting the master.

Sales women are busily chatting. The high time for their business has been over already.

A multi national dried food shop. The variety attracts shoppers. You won't be able to get out of it easily.

We can never forget table wares; this is a shop of ceramic plates and bowls.

Traditional Japanese dried foods for making soup. They make the basis of all kinds of dishes: dried sea weeds, oceanic bonito, mushrooms, etc.

This is a shop of beans. Beans whose names I don't know (shame!) are neatly displayed in boxes. They are sold by kirograms.

This is another dired-food-shop. The shop-keeper and the customer talking to him both looked very "professional. "

A man swiftly goes through the lane trailing a cart. Shoppers have to be careful not to be in his way.

There are a lot of visitors just for sight-seeing (including myself). We are happy to be welcome here.

"Tamago-yaki(a softly baked egg-cake)" are indispensable for sushi. Among the rich variations, I took the plain one which was today's speical. \580 for one, quite heavy. Good for supper!

There are several specialty shops of egg cakes (c.f. the left photo). They are inviting visitors with their unique displays respectively.

This orange motor cart is for conveying merchandise that shop keepers purchase form the big market. Particularly early in the morning, carts are seen everywhere in this town.

A map board of Tsukiji Wholesale Market. Fish is its main merchandise of course. There is a rumour that the market will be moved to somewhere else; people here are strongly against the idea hunging a large banner to demonstrate their wishes.

The huge building of the wholesale market. It is only for the professionals.

Among the numerous sushi restaurant in this area, this one is remarkable for its nameboard with the replica of tuna.

Attracted by the real size of tuna on the nameboard of the sushi shop, pleple peacefully wait in a line.

A wall picture of a wine shop in Tsukiji. It is closed recently. What will become of the picture?

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