Tsukiji — literally meaning “reclaimed land”— is the site of Tsukiji Market (itself more commonly known as just 'Tsukiji’).
Located in Tokyo, Japan, it is one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind, as well as the biggest fish and seafood market in the world.
Nowhere else on earth will you find so many people so knowledgeable about fish and seafood. Stalls are often family-run and its workers have spent decades specialising in just a few varieties of produce.
However, despite over 80 years of history and tradition, the future of Tsukiji Market is currently unknown.
Tsukiji was supposed to have relocated to a modern facility in late 2016, but soil contamination issues at the new site put the move on hold. As of early 2018, further investigations into these issues have been completed and the relocation is confirmed to take place in October 2018. Thereafter, the current market will be torn down and a transportation hub for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be built in its place.
Tsukiji as we know it today will most likely disappear, and be replaced by a modernised version of itself. Some market traditions will surely continue on, but just how much Tsukiji Market will change is anyone’s guess.
These images showcased are but an excerpt from my self published photobook of the same title.
A Kickstarter campaign for publishing this photobook is planned for late 2018.
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