Tsukiji Market, an 83-Year-Old Tokyo Icon, Set to Close

Economy Society

Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo's iconic Tsukiji wholesale food market will close forever on Saturday for relocation to the Toyosu district, bringing down the curtain on its 83-year history as the leading fish market in Japan.

The market in Chuo Ward opened in February 1935 after wholesale markets in the capital, including a fish market in the Nihonbashi district, were ruined by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.

With about 500 kinds of seafood said to be traded, Tsukiji is the largest market in Japan in terms of trading volume, dealing in fisheries products not only from major ports across the nation but also from overseas.

In Tsukiji market's early years, railroads were the main means of shipping fish and shellfish from the market. The wholesale market building's distinctive fan-like structure is a remnant of those days.

Currently, trucks are the key method of transportation, while "turret truck" motorized shuttle carts are used to carry products inside the market.

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